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Sloe gin

A delightful festive tipple, make it now to be ready for Christmas.

Makes approx. 1 litre.


  • 1 litre airtight jar, sterilised
  • 400g sloes, cut or pricked
  • 150g granulated sugar
  • Approx. 500ml gin


  1. Place the sloes and sugar in the jar and top up with gin, leaving a small space for air at the top.
  2. To dissolve the sugar, shake the jar once or twice a day for the first week, then leave in a cool place for at least 2 months, shaking once a week.
  3. Strain the gin through muslin into a sterilised bottle and store in a cool place.

Tip: Can be stored in a fridge for up to 6 months. You could also add spices at step 2 – try cloves, coriander seeds, peppercorns, a cinnamon stick or bay leaf.

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