You might have heard of sloe gin before, but what exactly is it and how is it different from regular gin?
Sloes are a type of fruit, part of the same family as cherries and plums and Sloe Gin is made by infusing gin with ripe sloes and usually adding sugar to the mix. This is then left to mature over several months and then strained off, leaving you with a tasty, sweet and fruity liqueur. The alcohol content varies between 15-30% ABV but EU regulations state that to be called Sloe Gin, it must have a minimum of 25% ABV.
There are a number of fantastic sloe gins available, including 6 O’clock Sloe Gin, Sipsmith Sloe Gin, Elephant Sloe Gin and Hayman’s Sloe Gin however, it’s really easy to make your own at home, especially if you have access to fresh sloes.
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.
It’s Negroni Week! Imbibe launched Negroni Week in 2013 as a celebration of one of the world’s great cocktails and an effort to raise money for charities around the world. With rocketing popularity of the iconic Italian spirit Campari plus gin revolution that has been occurring over the passed few years, the Negroni is now seen in most London cocktail bars. Bitter but sweet, simple yet complex and still so refreshing – it’s no wonder this historic drink has experienced a revival.
To stir one up at home, follow our recipe below for the perfect Negroni.
Upcoming Gin Events You Should Attend
The recent resurgence in the popularity of gin has brought this noble and wonderful drink back to the fore. A wealth of small and dedicated craft gin makers are the inspiration behind the many gin festivals that take place throughout the country, but is there one near you?
When we started to look we found there are many gin festivals in different parts of the UK, each offering a fantastic selection in some great venues, so here’s our list of some to look out for, complete with dates and locations.
Being the superb gin fans that you are, I’m sure you will have heard of the ‘The Distillery’ on Portobello Road; home of the Ginstitute masterclass and gin creating experience, brilliant cocktail bar ‘The Resting Room’, mouth-watering restaurant ‘GinTonica’ and of course the famous Gin Hotel!
This year The Distillery have added another fantastic experience to their repertoire – the mysteriously named The Distillery Presents immersive dining experience …
Keep reading to find out how you can get 10% off your visit!
Listen up G&T lovers, London Cocktail week is back and we want to give you the lowdown on what’s occurring gin-wise. There’s lots going on and we for one can’t wait to get involved!
There’s everything from masterclasses, tastings, pub events and even a Cocktail Village!
A Gin Tour Of The UK- The UK’s Finest & Secret Gin-erys
We are a nation of classy and innovative Gin drinkers and the UK is dotted with some global quality bars that specialise in that thing we hold so dear. . . Gin! After a tipple or 2, we thought to ourselves, I wonder how many secret Gin-erys there are around the UK, I mean some bars wish to remain secret but just like a terrible tabloid journalist in an ol’ timey news office, “We are busting this story wide open” and bringing some of the UK’s best kept secrets to you fine people. No doubt you have a favourite spot to visit in your local area but we thought, why not make our way around the UK.