The sloe.biz sloe gin recipe - with weights and measures!

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The sloe.biz sloe gin recipe - with weights and measures!

Post by Blackthorn » 20 Mar 2004, 16:41

Here is a repeat of the very simple sloe.biz sloe gin recipe - but with approx weights added for all those who've asked for more detail.

So ... for one empty 1 litre bottle:
1) add approx 400g sloes (to occupy about half the bottle). Remember to cut or prick the sloes before bottling.
2) add approx 150g ordinary white sugar (this is about a wine goblet in volume).
3) top-up with gin (about 500ml).

If you leave a small space for air in the neck of the bottle you'll find mixing the contents, to dissolve the sugar, easier! Just turn the bottle occasionally for the first few days, whenever you're passing. Then leave in a cool cupboard for a few months (still with the occasional mixing of the contents).

Quantities and times etc are NOT critical!
ENJOY making your sloe gin and, if in doubt, keep it SIMPLE!
Now carry on browsing the sloe.biz forum for tips and advice ... like when to remove the sloes?
... why wait for first frosts? ... what make the best containers? - and so on.


Keep testing/tasting - Blackthorn and Ginnie
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Post by Blackthorn » 09 Nov 2004, 23:51

Remember not to pick too early! August and September sloes look very tempting - but October and November sloes will be much better!
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Post by Blackthorn » 21 Oct 2006, 14:31

Blackthorn wrote:Remember not to pick too early! August and September sloes look very tempting - but October and November sloes will be much better!
I still stand by the 'later is better' opinion on when to pick sloes ... but concede that mid-September sloes are now usually ripe enough to start picking - thanks to global warming and earlier springs and warmer summers.

Three years ago I picked sloes on Christmas Eve (in a lane near Ashleworth, Gloucestershire), so do keep looking for later sloes as well :wink:
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Post by SloeHoHo » 25 Oct 2006, 17:46

Blackthorn may pretend to understand metric weights and measures, but I can tell you he is still instinctively happier with pounds and ounces - like many folks!

So - for the benefit of everyone - here are the conversions for the sloe.biz recipe above:-

sloes: 400g = 14oz

sugar: 150g = 5oz

gin: 500ml = 1 pint
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