Monday, September 18, 2006

Sloe Gin


  • 1 family outing with the in-laws.
  • 1 freshly imported Uncle Dick from the States.
  • 1 narrowboat.
  • 1 husband.
  • 2 bottles of gin.
  • 4 tbsp sugar.
  • 1 mum and dad.
  • 2 forks.
  • 1 bottle of tonic water.
  • 1 bowl of sloes.
  • breakfasting items.


  1. Take in-laws and Uncle Dick on a boat trip and make them earn their fares by sending them into the wilderness to pick sloes.
  2. Let them think they have had a grand day out and crack open 1 bottle of gin and the tonic water. It is important to invite mum and dad along for this stage of the process. It is also important to hide the other bottle of gin.
  3. Allow both sets of parents and imported Uncle Dick time to pickle in the gin before sending everyone off to bed. Allow to stew for 8 hrs. Drain and feed them breakfast.
  4. Empty half of the gin from the hidden bottle into the empty bottle from the evening before.
  5. Once breakfasted, ensure Uncle Dick and husband prick each sloe with a fork before adding them to the half full gin bottles.
  6. Once all the sloes have been placed in the bottles, add 2 tbsps sugar to each gin bottle. Re-seal and shake well. Leave to stand until Yule (shaking bottles occasionally).
  7. At the advent of Yule, strain the gin and sloe mixture, rebottle, drink and be merry.


Blogger Pete said...

Aauuurgh, a woman after my own heart. Thanks Valonia, will now go and try this recipe ready for Chrimbo

September 18, 2006 5:30 AM  
Blogger valonia said...

Have you tried blackberry whiskey?
Just follow the same recipe for sloe gin. Well worth it. :)

X V.

September 18, 2006 3:04 PM  
Blogger Pete said...

Haven't, but will do now!!!

September 19, 2006 1:15 AM  
Blogger herhimnbryn said...

Oh this looks so god V.
And i am full of admiration that you got willing workers to collect the sloes for you!

September 19, 2006 4:11 AM  
Blogger Avus said...

as a gin addict this sounds wonderful - in fact, I suppose, any fruit pickled in alchohol, would make for a good drink.

We have lots of blackberrys around here this year. mmmmmmmmmmm.......

September 19, 2006 9:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We used to make cherry vodka but have never tried sloe gin. Wonder where I can find some sloes around here...

September 19, 2006 5:24 PM  
Blogger S said...

Lovely blog, I will continue to read it with great pleasure!

October 04, 2006 8:13 AM  
Blogger valonia said...

Sarah - Thank you for such a nice comment. :)

October 05, 2006 7:13 AM  

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