Sloe Gin Recipe

You might have heard of sloe gin before, but what exactly is it? And how is it different from regular gin?

Sloe gin is a great-tasting British liqueur, made up of sloes and gin. Sloes are a type of fruit, part of the same family as cherries and plums.

There are a number of fantastic sloe gins available, including 6 O’clock Sloe Gin, however, you can also try and make your own variation of this stunning liqueur at home!

Here, ILoveGin explores some fantastic recipes for how to make your own sloe gin from home, as well as what differentiates this kind from other gins, sloe gin cocktails and more.


What’s the Difference Between Sloe Gin and Regular Gin?




Traditional gin is classified as a spirit whilst sloe gin is a liqueur however, this isn’t the only distinguishing factor separating the two. There are a number of other factors that differentiate gin from sloe gin, including the following:

  • Sloe gin is sweeter than traditional gin
  • Traditional gin is clear, whereas sloe gin is coloured a deep red
  • Sloe gin can be made by steeping sloe berries in gin, whereas traditional gin is made via the traditional distillation processes

Another key difference which separates gin from other flavoured gins and liqueurs is that it must have a predominant flavour of juniper in order to be classified as gin. Therefore, flavoured gins and liqueurs are in a separate category from traditional gins, as their predominant flavour isn’t juniper.


How To Make Sloe Gin

There are a lot of great sloe gin recipes available online. Here, ILoveGin take a look at the BBC Good Food sloe gin recipe.

You’ll need the following ingredients for this sloe gin recipe:

  • 1 litre of gin
  • 500g of ripe sloes
  • 250g of golden caster sugar


Step 1: Prep the Sloes

Rinse the sloes before patting dry with a clean tea towel. Then, prick the sloes with a cocktail stick or stainless-steel fork and tip into your chosen sloe gin container. BBC Good Food suggest either a 2-litre glass jar or dividing up between two smaller jars.


Step 2: Sugar, Seal and Shake

Once the sloes have been placed in the jar(s), then add the sugar and the gin, seal the jar(s) and shake well. For the following seven days, shake the jar(s) once daily, and store in a cool and dark place. Leave the jar(s) here for 2-3 months.


Step 3: Sieve and Present

Once 2-3 months has passed, it’s time to strain the sloe gin, using a plastic sieve lined with muslin and set over a bowl. Strain the sloe gin through this and decant the liqueur into clean, dry bottles.

Once the sloe gin has been placed in these bottles, you can then seal, label, drink and enjoy! BBC Good Food say that the drink will mature and improve over time.


Sloe Gin Cocktails




While sloe gin can be enjoyed neat, it also goes great in cocktails like a Sloejito (a twist on the classic Mojito) or Sloetini (a martini-style cocktail).

6 O’clock Gin have also created a fantastic cocktail for their sloe gin, the Sloe & Spiced Apple Juice. For this, you’ll need:

  • 200ml of spiced apple juice
  • 60ml of sloe gin

You can create spiced apple gin simply by heating cloudy apple juice with a selection of winter spices for 20 minutes or so. Once the apple juice has been infused with these spices, you can then pour it into a mug or heatproof glass and top up with the sloe gin.

Use an orange wheel, star anise and cinnamon stick to garnish.


Where Can I Buy Sloe Gin

You can find the 6 O’clock Sloe Gin, as well as other liqueurs and gins in the ILoveGin gin shop.

It can be great fun making your own sloe gin, however, for those who don’t want to wait 2-3 months for a taste, and those who want to explore the sloe gins out there, the 6 O’clock Sloe Gin is a fantastic drink to try – smooth and intense with its rich fruity flavour able to be enjoyed in a variety of different ways, including neat, in a G&T, and other cocktails.


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