Sloe gin

Diana Henry shows how simple it is to make this much-loved sloe gin
By Diana Henry
Sloe gin
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  • Serves: makes 750ml - 1 litre
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes plus 4 - 5 months resting time
  • Effort: easy


  • 1 kg sloes, washed and frozen
  • 85 g caster sugar
  • 750 ml ' 1 litre gin

Tips and Suggestions

You would usually have to slit each sloe but freezing them means they burst of their own accord.


1. Put the frozen sloes into a sterilised jar and add the sugar and gin, seal tightly then shake well.

2. Store in a cool dark place and shake the bottle every day for a week and then once a week for at least two months.

3. Strain the gin through a muslin cloth into smaller bottles, put a stopper in each bottle and give to friends or family as gifts or enjoy yourself.

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