Sloe gin is not the firstyou may reach for in the aisle, but it presents some interesting benefits and a unique production process.
What is Sloe Gin?
Sloe gin is a British liqueur, made by soaking sloe in gin. This process produces a tart, almond-flavored gin. In the EU, this specialty gin is required to be at least 25% ABV, but in homemade , the ABV can vary from 15-30%. Once the bottle of sloe gin is opened and strained of any fruit matter, the liqueur will keep indefinitely.
This type of gin was traditionally vanilla and sipped warm as a drink. However, when the liqueur was introduced in America in the early 20th century, it became popular as a and was usually served with or mixed in . Since it is technically classified as gin, which is a liquor, this variety should be -free, but it is best to check by brand.with and
Sloe Gin vs. Gin
- Origin: Gin is a clear distilled primarily with sloe berries, which have been soaked in the gin. , made with berries. Slow gin is a liqueur that is flavored
- Alcohol content: Gin has a higher content than sloe gin.
- Taste: Gin is flavored, often with floral notes, whereas sloe gin is traditionally tart, with light flavors.
How to Make?
It is very easy to make this specialty gin, let’s take a look.
- Step 1: Start with 500 grams of sloe berries.
- Step 2: Prick each fruit to puncture it, then put the fruit in a 1.5- jar that can be .
- Step 3: Add 250mg of caster sugar, and 750ml of your brand of gin.
- Step 4: Then, the mixture and place the bottle in a cool, dark place.
- Step 5: In the first few days, the jar daily to help the .
- Step 6: Wait at least three months – but no more than six – to open the , out the fruit, and then rebottle.
- Step 7: Sloe gin can be sipped straight either warm or cold; both approaches are delicious!