Re: Sloe Gin
Originally Posted by Donkeyman
Post us the method and recipe Mups?
Here you go, Donkeyman. This is the recipe I use:
* 1lb of washed sloes
* 4ozs of white granulated sugar. (or 1-2 oz per pint of Gin.)
* 1 x 75 cl bottle of medium quality Gin
* Sterilized i ltr Le Parfait jar
* 1 small teaspoon of almond essence.
1. Wash the sloes well and discard any bruised or rotten fruit.
Prick each fruit several times with a fork, then place fruit in either a large kilner/ Le Parfait jar.
(I put several sloes in my palm to prick rather than picking them up one by one).
2. Using a funnel, aded terh sugar and top up with gin to the rim.
3. Add the almond essence.
4. Shake or agitate the jar every day until the sugar is all dissolved, and then store in a cool, dark place for at least three months.
4. After the three months, strain the 'grog' through a sieve lined with muslin and transfer the gin into sterilised bottles.
Then - if you can wait
- leave to mature for six months.
I can't find the strawberry brandy recipe now, but here is a Strawberry liqueur made with Vodka
if you fancied that? It's very simple:
1. Hull enough perfect strawberries to fill a preserving jar.
2. Prick each berry a few times with a cocktail stick or fork, and pop into the sterilised jar.
3. Add caster sugar to come about nearly a third of the way up the jar. (Or adjust to taste).
4. Top up with the vodka.
5. Seal well, and keep in a cool dark place for 3 - 6 months.
6. Strain through clean muslin and bottle. (Dark bottles if possible so as to minimise the lovely pinky/red colour fading.)