Made a bit of sloe gin today. Here's how.
You'll need sloes. This is what they look like. Rather like blueberries but on trees. They do not taste like blueberries!
Wash, dry and use or wash, dry and freeze to use later. Before using the sloes they need defrosting. It's important the skin of the sloes is broken. Freezing and defrosting can help this but you can also use a needle to puncture the skin.
My defrosting sloes:
You'll need gin, any gin is fine.
You'll need sterilized jars or bottles. I used gin bottles and Kilner type jars. I discovered that putting Kilner jars in the oven can cause them to crack so I recommended the dishwasher sterilisation method. Top shelf without any detergent should sterilise jars and seals.
I use jars or bottles with a 1.5 liter capacity. In these jars put:
1 litre of gin
Put the lid on and turn it a few times.
Put in a dark place and turn every day for the first week. For each following week just turn once a week.
After eight weeks strain the gin through a muslin into sterilized bottles. Screw top or flip top bottles are fine.
Then leave it. The longer you leave it the better.
I'm at the jar in dark cupboard stage.