Want to know how to make sloe gin? I’ve got a really handy recipe for you.

Sloe berries have always proved quite elusive to me. I’ve never managed to hunt any down in any of my autumn foraging.  And trust me, I do a lot of foraging!  I’m sure they’re there, hiding from me, but until I do come across them then I’m saving sloe recipes to my computer left right and centre. Like this great recipe card showing how to make sloe gin that I’m sharing with you today!  

how to make sloe gin

One sloe recipe that I’ve come across is for easy sloe gin, by graphic designer and illustrator Lucy Davidson.  Lucy is the author of one of my favourite craft blogs – Peas and Needles.  Lucy has made sloe gin and created a handy illustrated sloe gin recipe card, which she has kindly let me share with Moral Fibres readers today.

How to Make Sloe Gin

what to make with sloe berries

You Will Need

  • 1 lbs sloes
  • 8 oz caster sugar
  • 1 litre of gin


  • To make sloe gin, [rick the tough skins of the sloes all over and put them in a large sterilised jar (see my guide on how to sterilise jars).
  • Pour in the sugar and the gin. Seal tightly and shake well.
  • Store in a cool, dark cupboard and shake every other day for at least a week. Then shake once a week for at least two months.
  • After two months (or longer for a stronger taste), strain the gin through muslin into a sterilised bottle.

I’m looking forward to trying this when I do track down some sloes!  I do love a bit of sloe gin!

If you’re out foraging for sloes (hopefully you’ll have better luck than me!) then here are some tips for finding and picking sloes. It’s important to note that sloes should be picked after the first frost. The cold softens their skins, helping them to release their juices. You can get around this by freezing an early picking of sloes overnight.

Let me know in the comments below if you’ve had any luck foraging for sloes, and if you try out this recipe!  You can also tweet me your photos on Twitter or share them with me on Facebook so I can live vicariously through you!

All images courtesy of Lucy Davidson.

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