Make sloe gin at home with these simple steps

As the weather starts to change and the autumn leaves begin to fall, our thoughts turn to the comforting sloe gin.

We have luckily gained access to a very exclusive and oh-so delicious secret recipe that has been handed down the generations and is now available to you fellow gin lovers.

The ideal sloe gin should provide a fantastic balance between sweet and bitterness. Care should be taken when selecting the gin you are going to be using in this recipe.

Think about what kind of flavours you are going for. We like it with a bit of spice on the side.

Follow these simple steps and you will end up with a truly top tipple that will be the talk of the town and could also prove to be a nice surprise winter warmer for your fellow gin friends!

sloe gin recipe

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For this recipe, you will require the following key ingredients:

  • Good quality gin – (roughly 1/3 of a bottle)
  • White granulated sugar  – (roughly 1/3 of a bottle)
  • Freshly picked sloes  – (roughly 1/3 of a bottle)


  1. Using a cocktail stick or fork, carefully prick the sloes, then add them to the bottle. Add the sugar and the gin before securing the lid on your bottle and giving it a firm shake.
  2. Leave the bottle in a secure and top secret location. A cool, dark cupboard will be just perfect! After seven days, shake it to re-ignite the flavouring process.
  3. Repeat this very scientific process for six long weeks (believe us here) 
  4. To complete, strain the sloe gin through muslin into a sterilised bottle. You are now ready to test the fruits of your labour!
Sloe gin

Why not serve your sloe gin with a spicy mince pie?

Pro Tips

Leave your sloe gin alone!

The longer you leave your creation, the smoother and more mature your sloe gin will become.

Add some fizz

Did you know you can also serve sloe gin and Prosecco for a celebratory take on an English classic?

Why not take the time out to let us know how you got on? 

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