Homemade sloe gin

Homemade sloe gin
  • Serves icon Makes 1 litre
  • Time icon Hands-on time 20 min, plus resting

Harvest sloe berries in autumn and make sloe gin that will be ready come Christmastime. It’s the perfect festive tipple to enjoy yourself or give as a gift.

Don’t forget to sterilise your jars beforehand. You can learn how to do so here or check the video in the tips below.


  • 450g sloe berries, washed and pricked
  • 450g caster sugar
  • 70cl gin, a cheap bottle works fine

You’ll also need

  • A large Kilner jar, sterilised



  1. Add the sloes, sugar and gin to a Kilner jar and seal. Turn the jar every day for the first week or so to dissolve the sugar and colour the gin evenly.
  2. Keep for at least 3 months before serving – ideally, pick the sloes in September and have the gin at Christmas.
  3. When you’re ready to bottle it, line a sieve with a clean muslin cloth (or clean j-cloth) and set it over a large jug. Pour the contents of the jar through the muslin to strain it, then pour the liqueur into clean, sealable bottles.

delicious. tips

  1. Steep the gin for at least 6-8 weeks before serving

  2. Sloe berries that have seen a frost or two are perfect for making sloe gin. The cold helps break down their tough skins and frees the juice within.

    If there hasn’t been a frost when you pick your berries, you can replicate the frosty effect by popping the sloes in the freezer for a few hours before using.


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