Tuesday, September 26, 2006

A sloe day

The trees are heavy with sloes at the moment. I always thought that sloe gin was something distilled.

It isn't. It's actually made using a similar technique to flavoured oils. It's an odd idea. As TheChemist pointed out to me, you take something unpalatable as gin, mix it with something horrible tasting like sloes, and you get something really drinkable.

This is probably something which belongs on the Bubble Brothers site, but here is TheChemist's method for making sloe gin.

Obtain your sloes.
Obtain your gin
Obtain some empty clean bottles with seal-able lids

Half fill bottle with sloes
Add 1 Oz. sugar per 250 ml capacity of the bottle e.g. 3 ozs for a 750ml bottle Fill the bottle with gin

Shakes occasionally (once a day, then once a week or not at all ) Sample after 3-4 months.

Filter it thought a coffee filter to extract the fruit, use vacuum filtration if you can.
Re-bottle and drink at leisure.

It came to mind because of my cooking. More on that in the next post.

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Blogger Julian said...

Thanks for the plug! Sloe gin you make yourself is a really good thing. I'd resist any temptation to buy a commercial brew for Bubble Brothers; instead I'd tell people to have some fun and go and make their own. An original and welcome Christmas present too - you can have a laugh designing the labels, choosing the destination container, &c.

2:18 p.m., September 27, 2006  
Blogger Julian said...

Thanks for the Martha Stewart labels - I did manage to pick about a pound of sloes yesterday before the small helpers' patience ran out completely. Now for the gin.

12:35 p.m., September 30, 2006  

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