This is the photo of the remains of our first attempt at Sloe Gin back in 2008. We picked the berries with a help of a friend who knew his way round Bourne Woods. The gin is mature and has a lovely aroma. This year, we cheated and bought fresh sloes online from an eBay seller and they are fantastic. I'll keep you posted on how we get on.
1 kilo sloes
500g caster sugar
2 litres dry gin ( use a cheapie as the sloes do all the good work)
Layer the demi-john with a bit a sugar, add sloes and continue layering. Add the gin and shake well. Continue shaking every couple of days for about 2 months. Then shake about once a month. Your sloe gin will be ready in about 3 months. However, the longer you leave it, the better. Remember to strain off the sloes after a year and you can let the gin continue to mature. Cheers!