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  • Location: Salisbury , Wiltshire
  • Location: Salisbury , Wiltshire

anyone have any good concoction amounts for sloe gin?

this year seams to be a good year for sloes but maybe a little small

interested in what amounts you mix to produce this splendid tipple :D

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  • Location: Switzerland
  • Location: Switzerland

Encouraged by the posts in this thread I made sloe gin for the first time the other day. It's already turned a beautiful colour and I can't wait until christmas to try it out! I love foraging for for hedgerow foods. There was a good session tonight on the Chris Evans Show on Radio 2, he had a professional forager on as a guest. Would love to go mushroom hunting etc... sounds really good fun!

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  • Location: Up North like
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You can do the same with Blackcurrants.

Mum used to make it for Christmas and use the boozy blackcurrants in the Christmas cake :)

I've been tempted to try making it with Vodka :D

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  • Location: Bognor Regis West Sussex
  • Location: Bognor Regis West Sussex

They reckon it is best to pick the sloes after the first frost has softened them. However if you do that you often find someone else has beaten you to it and the bushes are bare. The next best thing is pick them and put in freezer overnight.

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  • Location: Salisbury , Wiltshire
  • Location: Salisbury , Wiltshire

the experts do say wait until a frost as then the sloes are fully rip ,it has nothing to do with a frost on them

but us guzzzlers problly won`t notice the differance

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  • Location: Switzerland
  • Location: Switzerland
They reckon it is best to pick the sloes after the first frost has softened them. However if you do that you often find someone else has beaten you to it and the bushes are bare. The next best thing is pick them and put in freezer overnight.

The sloes were so ripe some of them were squidgy! If you rubbed off the bloom they were still a nice purple black colour underneath. I think they are ready (but I am no expert!) Would we have usually had some frosts by now in cooler years?

Thanks for the book reference P3, I will look it up

Daisy

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  • Location: Salisbury , Wiltshire
  • Location: Salisbury , Wiltshire
made some sloe jelly last week. excellent with ice cream.

was this made with the sloes and gin?!!!!

if it it sounds good to me

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  • Location: Switzerland
  • Location: Switzerland

Sloe jelly sounds good, would you eat it with cold meats too? Or is it more of a jam type jelly?

I know it is too early but I couldn't resist sampling a very wee dram of my first ever home made attempt at sloe gin. It tastes very much like Benylin (is that how its spelt?) my childhood cough medicine that knocks you out after a teaspoonful. I have a feeling that in six weeks time my gin may do exactly the same! Does anyone know if you drink it neat or is it supposed to be drunk with a mixer?

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  • Location: Salisbury , Wiltshire
  • Location: Salisbury , Wiltshire

ohhhh sounds good daisy, it will be just right for christmas i think

keep us posted :o

if you have any suplus p.m me :o

or need help in tasting :D

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jelly was just sloes, apples and sugar. for consumption by minors mainly so no gin!

i remember benylin. my first experiments with drugs, got into quite a habit after a while, then once i took so much i could hardly move for about 12 hours while my brain raced round in ever decreasing circles. moved on to more interesting 'substances' after that.

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  • Location: Bognor Regis West Sussex
  • Location: Bognor Regis West Sussex
Sloe jelly sounds good, would you eat it with cold meats too? Or is it more of a jam type jelly?

I know it is too early but I couldn't resist sampling a very wee dram of my first ever home made attempt at sloe gin. It tastes very much like Benylin (is that how its spelt?) my childhood cough medicine that knocks you out after a teaspoonful. I have a feeling that in six weeks time my gin may do exactly the same! Does anyone know if you drink it neat or is it supposed to be drunk with a mixer?

Tastes best mixed with even more gin B)

Seriously, it is fantastic with lemonade, even the kids like that (shut up! ) or it is good with tonic but personally I love it neat. As long as you have put enough sugar in that is, otherwise it's a mouth shriveller.

This year has been the best year I have ever known for sloes, they were fat and juicy and even relatively sweet, I tried one, strange person!

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  • Location: Salisbury , Wiltshire
  • Location: Salisbury , Wiltshire

tried some 4 year old sloe gin the other day ,wow that was good stuff ,i think he said it was 1lb sloes ,1lb sugar and a pint of gin.

cough medicine come to mind ,very nice drink though

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  • Location: Atherstone on Stour: 160ft asl
  • Location: Atherstone on Stour: 160ft asl
tried some 4 year old sloe gin the other day ,wow that was good stuff ,i think he said it was 1lb sloes ,1lb sugar and a pint of gin.

cough medicine come to mind ,very nice drink though

Always improves with the addition of a good sized ice-cube I find :rolleyes:

The old chestnut about only picking sloes when the frost has had them is a bit strange, pick now & freeze overnight does the same as far as I can taste.

My sloe crop is rather poor this year, so it's Damson gin for me for a change. PM me for a good recipe if you want.

I'm also thinking of trying a mixed jar of "Hedgerow Gin" (blackberries, elderberry, raspberry etc), purely for research you'll understand, will keep you posted.

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