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by sadie
19 Oct 2017, 10:59
Forum: All other spirits etc
Topic: Seedlip
Replies: 0
Views: 742

Seedlip

I just learned about something called Seedlip, which is being marketed as a "non alcoholic spirit" for people who aren't drinking alcohol but are sick of childish, sweet soft drinks. Has anybody tried it? What would be involved in making a sloe infusion out of it? The lack of alcohol raises the pros...
by sadie
28 Dec 2013, 02:47
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Sloe Gin and Coffee Beans
Replies: 11
Views: 11751

Re: Sloe Gin and Coffee Beans

I did a batch with some espresso shots rather than raw beans. My brewer friends tell me that letting coffee beans sit infusing for a long time brings out the wrong notes.
by sadie
07 Nov 2013, 11:38
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Sloe Gin and Coffee Beans
Replies: 11
Views: 11751

Re: Sloe Gin and Coffee Beans

How did this turn out? I'd be intrigued in trying some experiments like this with the rest of my frozen sloes this year.
by sadie
06 Nov 2013, 19:37
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Advice
Replies: 3
Views: 3055

Re: Advice

Make two. Or even three. You'll be glad of it.

I once drank most of a ten-year old bottle of sloe gin (before realising how precious it was). It was mighty fine.
by sadie
06 Nov 2013, 19:33
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Alternatives to sugar
Replies: 9
Views: 7332

Re: Alternatives to sugar

Another three months, and these concoctions are definitely maturing nicely. The staggering harshness they had at first has gone, and they're starting to develop some interesting flavours. I recommend anyone making sloe gin this year to try one little bottle with either maple syrup or honey. The gold...
by sadie
13 Aug 2013, 12:38
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Alternatives to sugar
Replies: 9
Views: 7332

Re: Alternatives to sugar

Six months later, the overpowering sweetness of all of these has subsided, and that lovely sloe gin richness is starting to creep in. In time I expect them all to become quite nice around the two year mark, which is when I generally unlock my sloe gin anyway. I'd still recommend being very careful n...
by sadie
28 Feb 2013, 00:34
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: New to the Sloe Club
Replies: 2
Views: 3145

Re: New to the Sloe Club

If you have enough, then I'd say enjoy some of it now and set some aside to see how it develops over time. Taste it a little at a time, and next year compare it to a fresh batch.
by sadie
28 Feb 2013, 00:33
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Alternatives to sugar
Replies: 9
Views: 7332

Re: Alternatives to sugar

I just filtered these (later than I normally would, but I've been a bit busy) and here are the preliminary findings: Golden syrup: Very potent, to the extent that the syrup completely overpowers the sloe. Not the best. Maple syrup: Much nicer, it came out surprisingly rounded and pleasant. Nice enou...
by sadie
19 Oct 2012, 12:39
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Alternatives to sugar
Replies: 9
Views: 7332

Re: Alternatives to sugar

Preliminary results: the treacle and golden syrup take a long time to dissolve, but do eventually. The honey and maple syrup dissolved even faster than sugar.
by sadie
17 Oct 2012, 11:41
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Sloes going spare
Replies: 1
Views: 2676

Re: Sloes going spare

I might be interested. I'm in Basingstoke, so not too far, though I don't drive. Are you far from the station?
by sadie
16 Oct 2012, 14:35
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Alternatives to sugar
Replies: 9
Views: 7332

Re: Alternatives to sugar

I've added a couple more:
  • Maple syrup 100% (just a small bottle)
  • Sugar 50% (ie about half the normal dose)
I have some experiments from 2010 that should be testable soon;
  • Cinammon
  • Junipers
by sadie
11 Oct 2012, 12:30
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Alternatives to sugar
Replies: 9
Views: 7332

Re: Alternatives to sugar

Alright, evidence trumps theory so I now have a set of experiments in place: Plain sugar (control sample) Honey 100% Treacle 50% (with 50% sugar) Golden syrup 50% (with 50% sugar) I'll get a bit more gin and add a little bottle with maple syrup as well. I should be able to give a preliminary report ...
by sadie
10 Oct 2012, 13:34
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Alternatives to sugar
Replies: 9
Views: 7332

Re: Alternatives to sugar

I guess maple syrup would be too strong a flavour. I may try experimenting with some small bottles using honey or treacle.
by sadie
08 Oct 2012, 23:16
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Alternatives to sugar
Replies: 9
Views: 7332

Alternatives to sugar

I'm interested in replacing some or all of the sugar in sloe gin with other sweet substances: honey, treacle, golden syrup etc. Has anybody tried this? Are there any guidelines as to how much to use?
by sadie
27 Jul 2011, 19:28
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Little corks
Replies: 1
Views: 1944

Little corks

My two-year old batch of sloe gin is nearing completion, and I have a lot of little bottles to decant them into. But does anybody know where I can find little corks? All the ones I've found online or in shops are too large.