How to Make Your Own Perfect Sloe Gin

Before we begin with How to make the perfect Sloe Gin, check out this article  which includes information on how to identify Sloes and when to harvest them.

Some say that you should not pick your Sloes until after the first frost of the season, but if picking before fear not, because you can trick your berries into optimum condition with a quick 2 day stint in the freezer.

What you will need to make Sloe Gin:

700ml Gin (Just the cheap stuff will do because you’re pimping it up. I used the Sainsbury’s Basics one)

200g Caster Sugar

400g Ripe Sloe Berries (if picking before frost, defrost after 2 days in freezer)

1 clear bottle (or two smaller ones). Sterilised.

Some recipes call for a few drops of Almond Essence. Its up to you …


Well, its pretty simple really. Pop your Sloes and your sugar into your bottle. Top with cheapy gin, and give it a little shake up


Store your bottles in a dark room. Shake once a week for three months or so, then strain through muslin. Re bottle, and then bottoms up my friend!

Just in time for Christmas.

How wonderful.

See, I told you it was easy!

Have you home made your own Christmassy Sloe tipple before?

12 comments on How to Make Your Own Perfect Sloe Gin

  • Erica Price

    I have always wondered about making sloe gin. It sounds really easy so maybe I’ll give it a try.
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  • Blogging Mummy

    My nan makes slo gin and goes out collecting slo berries to make it. Im not a massive fan of it to be fair but the rest of my family seem to love it 🙂
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  • Sarah

    Sloes is one thing I haven’t spotted since living here! I’ll have to checkout that link though! This sounds amazing! I’d like to give a try! I’ll let you know if I manage it. Thanks for sharing 🙂 xx
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  • Mudpie Fridays

    We have made some sloe vodka a couple of weeks ago. Love the tip about putting them in the freezer. We will be decanting ours into smaller bottles to give away at Christmas 🙂 x
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  • Lindsay @ Newcastle Family Life

    My partner keeps going on about slow gin as he enjoys it sometimes when out but I have never tried it before myself . I never knew it was so easy to make xx
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  • Sabrina (The Mummy Stylist)

    I’d heard of Sloe Gin before but didn’t realise the Sloe was berries! I’ve learnt something new! I don’t think I’d have the patience to make it, but no problem drinking it haha 😉 Sabrina xx
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  • BloggerMummyLauren

    Is is bad that I don’t even know what sloe gin is? I’m not really a gin person at all. It does sound pretty easy so maybe it’s time I gave it a go!
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  • Zoe Alicia

    My housemate brought me some homemade sloe gin last year and it was the best thing I’ve ever tasted! Thanks for sharing your recipe, because I’ve always forgotten to ask her how she made it x
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  • Ana De- Jesus

    I can’t drink because of my medication but I have friends that have attempted to create alcohol without much luck. However your recipe looks so simple that I think they would be able to follow it so thank you for sharing xx
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  • hayley

    What a nice idea, lovely to make something so festive! I`d be tempted to give this a try but I`m really not a fan of gin, I wonder if sloe gin tastes much different?! x
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  • Gemma

    As I was reading I was thinking ummm not a fan of gin but this sounds nice, then it read three months. Ouch kinda want it now lol but just in time for Xmas could work my mam likes gin 🙂

  • Kate ✚

    I’ve never tried sloe gin, but I’m a big fan of regular gin so I’m thinking I should give it a go. Sounds lovely as a Christmas tipple 🙂 Thanks for sharing.
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