Due to the mild autumn there are still many sloes to be found and what better use than to make some lovely warming ruby red sloe gin. There is still just time to make some for the Christmas holiday and this is my recipe, with apologies for the mix of metric and imperial measurements but this is how it was given to me and it works.
1 Litre Gin
14 oz sugar
7 fl. oz. water
Wash the sloes and lay on a tea towel to dry, then unless they have endured some hard frosts, put them in the freezer for a day or two.
Divide the sloes between two bottles of approx a litre capacity each, half filling each, then top up with the gin.
Leave in a warm place, the kitchen will do, for at least 3 weeks, giving the bottles a couple of shakes occasionally.
Make a syrup with the sugar and water.
Strain the gin, the sloes can go on the compost heap, and add the syrup.
Bottle and enjoy.