Author Topic: Anyone made Sloe Gin this year?  (Read 4923 times)

Silverleaf

  • Hectare
  • *****
  • Posts: 1,212
  • Chesterfield, clay, acidic
    • The Rainbow Pea Project
Anyone made Sloe Gin this year?
« on: December 17, 2015, 20:41:55 »
Never made it before but I found a load of blackthorn while foraging for wild plants for my rabbits in October so I thought why not?

After getting my ID confirmed (only ever seen pics of sloes, never in real life) I picked enough to do a bottle of sloe gin and one of vodka - popped them in the freezer for a few days first before adding to the spirits, and they've been doing their thing in the cupboard ever since.

I promised myself I'd wait until Christmas to bottle it, but it's getting increasingly hard to resist because it looks so gorgeous (and the little bit I tested tasted pretty good too)! Looking forward to messing around with sugar syrup and getting the balance just how I want it, that should be fun.

The only problem is I've never actually tasted sloe gin so I don't know exactly how sweet it should be - I'll probably err on the side of caution though as I hate liqueurs that are really sticky and syrupy.

Anyone else made any this year?

I thought I'd try making "slider" as well by putting the strained berries in cider for a couple of months. Recycled sloes. ;)

Allotments 4 All

Anyone made Sloe Gin this year?
« on: December 17, 2015, 20:41:55 »

sparrow

  • Acre
  • ****
  • Posts: 485
    • mudandgluts
Re: Anyone made Sloe Gin this year?
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2015, 22:59:35 »
I make it every year - one with 125g sugar per 500g sloes and bottle-ish of gin and one with none. I strain it through a kitchen roll lined sieve, and then decant into final bottles after a week of settling.

Am about to bottle the quince brandy, and grate the quinces to make next year's mincemeat...:)

squeezyjohn

  • Hectare
  • *****
  • Posts: 1,022
  • Oxfordshire - Sandy loam on top of clay
Re: Anyone made Sloe Gin this year?
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2015, 23:24:11 »
I always make mine with the following rule-of-thumb recipe:

The level of the gin should come up to the top of the level of the sloes in the container with no space at the top for a good strong fruity flavoured sloe gin .... Add no sugar until you strain it off the sloes ... then add it slowly tasting all the time ... make sure all the sugar has dissolved first.  There is a real sweet spot (sic) at about 100g per bottle but it's really important not to turn it in to sickly syrup!

BarriedaleNick

  • Global Moderator
  • Hectare
  • *****
  • Posts: 3,926
  • Sarf London
    • Barriedale Allotments
Re: Anyone made Sloe Gin this year?
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2015, 09:22:42 »
Pretty much what sparrow does - 500g to a bottle of gin and 100g of sugar.  It really only needs the sugar to lightly sweeten it - it shouldn't be sickly sweet.  Leave it for three months - decant and strain.  Then leave it for a year at least before drinking.  Sloe vodka - I tend to do the same but drink it much earlier!

One thing I tried for the last few years is blackcurrant vodka - it is d**n nice and great in a margarita.  Rhubarb vodka is also surprisingly nice.  Damson vodka is new this year but everyone raves about it.  Blackberry vodka was horrible but OK in a cocktail.  Elderberry vodka was fowl - not sure what to make of that.  Lemon vodka can be great if you can capture the sour flavor without the bitterness of the pith.  One that I though would be nice was raspberry but mine wasn't pleasant so if anyone has a good recipe please do post it.

squeezyjohn

  • Hectare
  • *****
  • Posts: 1,022
  • Oxfordshire - Sandy loam on top of clay
Re: Anyone made Sloe Gin this year?
« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2015, 15:30:50 »
I've heard the advice to wait a year after you've strained it before - but I can't taste the difference between freshly strained and aged sloe gin at all.

Silverleaf

  • Hectare
  • *****
  • Posts: 1,212
  • Chesterfield, clay, acidic
    • The Rainbow Pea Project
Re: Anyone made Sloe Gin this year?
« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2015, 01:27:54 »
There's no chance of keeping it for a year! I doubt it'll last into the new year. ;)

I've made a few liqueurs before, including blackberry (not bad), lemon (great), lemon cream (amazing), strawberry (disgusting, with none of the charm of actual strawberries) and lavender (I liked it, no one else did).

sparrow

  • Acre
  • ****
  • Posts: 485
    • mudandgluts
Re: Anyone made Sloe Gin this year?
« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2015, 10:26:13 »
Sloe port is a lovely thing - and uses the gin-soaked berries after you strain off the gin. Add them to good red wine, leave for 3-6 months, add a little sugar (100-150g) and 150-200ml brandy per bottle of wine. Leave again for another month or two then guzzle.

hartshay

  • Not So New ...
  • *
  • Posts: 32
  • Growing slowly
Re: Anyone made Sloe Gin this year?
« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2017, 11:59:38 »
No sloes round us this winter...had to make do with damsons  ;)

Obelixx

  • Hectare
  • *****
  • Posts: 2,457
  • Vendée, France
Re: Anyone made Sloe Gin this year?
« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2017, 14:12:12 »
No soles but I have made blackcurrant brandy, gin and vodka this year as well as damson gin which I find matures to a lovely, complex liqueur if left a couple of years.   We're not big spirit drinkers but we moved house at teh end of September, didn't need any more jams and chutneys and had to empty the freezers so boozes it was.
Obxx - Vendée France

squeezyjohn

  • Hectare
  • *****
  • Posts: 1,022
  • Oxfordshire - Sandy loam on top of clay
Re: Anyone made Sloe Gin this year?
« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2017, 19:26:02 »
There were practically no sloes here this year ... but raspberry gin ... now there's a drink!  Plenty of rasps last year.

Borderers1951

  • Quarter Acre
  • **
  • Posts: 74
Re: Anyone made Sloe Gin this year?
« Reply #10 on: May 09, 2017, 04:04:46 »
As a variation, try sloe vodka.  Use the same recipe as for gin but swap the spirits.

 

anything