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Re: Anybody else make sloe gin?
« Reply #15 on: February 21, 2020, 09:42:25 AM »
Thanks for that!

So you actually don't distill the gin, just add flavour to the existing one.  :beers:

Years ago when I arrived on these shores, I met a fellow immigrant from Croatia who had no idea of restrictions.

He had a still in his backyard, and would produce grappa.

That's what they did in his home country.

It nearly blew me head off!!!

Yes no stills involved (usually) also means you can by basic cheap gins and spirits as you improve them in the process, no point getting highly botanical versions, although of course you can, you could also add your own botanical during the making of.

It's 09:40 and I really fancy a G&T now!!!

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Re: Anybody else make sloe gin?
« Reply #16 on: February 21, 2020, 09:57:33 AM »
Hi Fardap,

You are talking to George in Australia where it's Friday night. Go on, have one, I'm sure it's considered medicinal somewhere in the World.

Cheers weave  :beers:

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Re: Anybody else make sloe gin?
« Reply #17 on: February 21, 2020, 09:59:43 AM »
Does anyone still drink gin and bitter lemon.
If I remember correctly that was popular in the 60s?
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Re: Anybody else make sloe gin?
« Reply #18 on: February 21, 2020, 10:00:22 AM »
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It is indeed Friday night, and I'm getting the courtesy bus home.  :beers:
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Re: Anybody else make sloe gin?
« Reply #19 on: February 21, 2020, 10:01:58 AM »
Hi Fardap,

You are talking to George in Australia where it's Friday night. Go on, have one, I'm sure it's considered medicinal somewhere in the World.

Cheers weave  :beers:

Well there are only two of us in the office today....  :beers:

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Re: Anybody else make sloe gin?
« Reply #20 on: February 21, 2020, 10:11:12 AM »
Does anyone still drink gin and bitter lemon.
If I remember correctly that was popular in the 60s?


Hi Martin,

Yes. That's how I drink it. Reminds me of living in Spain for a while. Larios gin and Fanta Limón. Great days.

Wouldn't order it in a pub here though. Not because it looks a bit girly but the amount I'd drink would cost a blimmin' fortune  ;)

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Re: Anybody else make sloe gin?
« Reply #21 on: February 21, 2020, 10:20:28 AM »
I'm not rich enough to drink G & T in a pub. Wife and I went out for a meal last weekend. I had two pints of Youngs Special, she had A gin and tonic. The G & T was a pound more expensive than my TWO pints.

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Re: Anybody else make sloe gin?
« Reply #22 on: February 21, 2020, 11:24:44 AM »
My first wife used to drink gin and coke.
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Re: Anybody else make sloe gin?
« Reply #23 on: February 21, 2020, 11:32:44 AM »
All I can say is you went out with posh women  ;) :beers:
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Re: Anybody else make sloe gin?
« Reply #24 on: February 21, 2020, 05:14:05 PM »
Thanks to @daveg we make damson vodka. Fill the screw top jar with washed damsons. Add a few spoons of sweetener (I am diabetic) top up with cheapest vodka you can buy. Shake occasionally and taste to ensure it’s sweet enough. Leave as long as you can. Strain, bottle and drink. You can stew the damsons afterwards.
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Re: Anybody else make sloe gin?
« Reply #25 on: February 21, 2020, 05:22:48 PM »
You can stew the damsons afterwards.

You would probably end up stewed yourself!  ;D
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Re: Anybody else make sloe gin?
« Reply #26 on: February 21, 2020, 05:37:59 PM »
Well the usual method of making Sloe Gin is to buy gin ready made, pick the sloes from the bushes, traditionally after a frost but a deep freeze can take on that part. There was and I remember my aunts doing this also a method that involves pricking the sloes with a pin, you don't need to do this if they are split from freezing...

You put the gin and your required amounts of Sloes in a jar (Kilner type best) add sugar to your family recipe, dissolved or straight in, then put in a dark cupboard, weekly you then give it a bit of a gentle shake up, repeat for the required number of weeks to develop a lovely red/plum colour... again revert to the 'family recipe'.

Then you should decant into clean bottles - if you kept the original Gin bottles use these, you can filter it through muslin or coffee filters into a jug then pour into bottles... then seal and leave for as long as you can resist.

There are in my experience two types of Sloe gin - One like I make is a Gin with Sloes that is marginally more viscous than straight gin but is drunk the same either on its own or with tonic.
The second is more heavily sugared in the making is a lot more viscous and is more like a Sloe Liquor.

Both varieties are great and as has been said you can substitute the sloes for Damsons and other fruits and of course other ideally clear spirits, Rum, Vodka.

Think I am down to my last litre bottle as didn't do any this year...

So no stills involved in the ones I have done - other than the still it was originally made in.

There are probably as many recipes for sloe gin as there are people who make it. We use wine-making demijohns - half fill them with sloes (after freezing them for a few days), then add enough sugar to coat the fruit. Shake them daily for a couple of weeks until the sugar has drawn the juice then add the gin. Keep shaking it occasionally for a few more weeks, strain it and adjust the sugar/gin concentration to how you like it, bottle it and keep it in the dark for as long as you can keep your mitts off it. We prefer ours more like a liqueur - great over ice, fabulous over vanilla ice cream! Roll on summer...

Cheers,

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Re: Anybody else make sloe gin?
« Reply #27 on: February 21, 2020, 06:01:40 PM »
Does anyone still drink gin and bitter lemon.
If I remember correctly that was popular in the 60s?

Now and then when the tonics run dry!

 

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