Homemade sloe gin
For a non-alcoholic alternative, try this sloe berry cordial recipe, which you can use in mocktails or just as a tasty daytime drink.
When should I pick sloe berries?
Sloe berries are generally available from September onwards but many people wait to pick them after the first frost of winter, (late October to early November) as the frost can soften the skins slightly and help release the juices. After foraging and picking them, sloe berries are traditionally pricked with a thorn taken from the blackthorn bush on which they grow.
- 70cl unflavoured gin
- 500g sloe berries
- 250g sugar
You will also need a 1.5l jar and a muslin cloth.
TOP TIP From Edward in Somerset, try adding the sugar after the sloes have steeped - this gives a stronger sloe flavour and means you can create different bottles to suit personal tastes. Give it a go!