Sloe berries are in season now. Why not gather some and use them to make sloe gin? If you prepare it now, it will be ready just in time for Christmas. Perfect as gifts or festive drinks with friends.
You Will Need-
225g/8oz caster sugar
1 litre/1¾ pint gin
Prick your sloes, about 450g, with a needle or freeze them and bash with a heavy weight. Tip them into sterilised bottles, the fruit coming a third of the way up. Divide 350g of caster or granulated sugar among them then top up with gin or vodka. It will take about 750ml. Little point in using an expensive brand, by the way. Place the sealed bottles somewhere cool and dark. Leave for 8-10 weeks, turning the bottle occasionally, giving it a shake every week.