I first became aware of slow gin when I was a youngster as my parents used to pick sloes (a small fruit / berry) from the hedge rows and then bring bags of them back to the house and we used to sit around the kitchen table pricking the sloes many times with a needle and then place them in an empty gin bottle. The small little holes were enough for the juices and the flavors to be released from the small berries and once we had filled the bottle approx. one third of the way we then added quite a lot of sugar and then topped up with neat gin. We left then for at least several months, the longer the better and now and then we used to tip the bottle upside down to help the sugar absorb. After a few months, this Wonderfully flavored sweet treat was ready, and my parents used to open the first bottle and take a tasting and announce if it was ready or needed longer. I have to say when I was allowed to start drinking this wonderful product I thought it tasted fantastic even though extremely strong, after all neat gin with a little juice and lots of sugar which turns to alcohol I should not of been surprised.
Where Buy Sloe Gin?
The surprising thing for me is that you can now buy this distilled by the producers and you do not need to carry out the process yourself, and with that and a shriek of delight I Have mentioned some of these brands that are ready and waiting.
Gordon’s Sloe Gin
I guess a great place to start would be with Gordons Slow Gin, which is a delicious gin liqueur steeping sloe in this wonderful Gordon’s gin. Gordon’s recommend that it is best served over ice on a hot summer’s day. 26% ABV.
This 29% ABV sloe gin from Sipsmith is made with hand-harvest ripe sloe berries that are picked each autumn and then infuse them in their London dry gin to make this unique spirit. Gorgeous stone fruit, red currant aromas, bright cassis and ripe cherry flavors are all perfectly balanced with a touch of sweetness and a velvety mouthfeel. It is recommended that you pour a small amount over your next Gin and Tonic for a real treat.
Spiritworks Distillery Slow Gin
This 27% ABV traditional Sloe Gin recipe has been handed down through the Marshall family for generations. Each batch starts with their Gin as the base to which we add whole sloe berries from Europe. This liqueur features both bright berry and citrus notes, combining ripe sweetness with fresh acidity. In Europe, it is common to enjoy Sloe Gin on its own, however it is a delicious addition to a variety of cocktails as well.
Plymouth Sloe Gin
This 27% ABVdistilled by Plymouth is based on an 1883 recipe and has since become an important part in various classic cocktails, notably the Sloe Gin fizz.
Boodles British Mulberry Sloe Gin
This 30% ABV British classic is a deep, rich red with an aroma of raspberry, cherry and rosemary. The delicate mulberry and rich raspberry and currant flavor has hints of juniper and sage. Boodles® Mulberry has a rich, smooth, lingering sweet finish. The full-flavored liqueur is perfect for a warm holiday punch or a refreshing summer fizz and of course in your favorite flavored cocktail.
Ableforth’s Bathtub Sloe Gin
This 33.8% sloe gin has 200 grams of sloe’s in each 50cl bottle. These are combined with botanicals including orange peel and cinnamon, which are infused with spirit and produced in a pot still.
Monkey 47 Sloe Gin
This 29% ABV sloe gin from black forest gin makers 47, combines sloe berries with their tantalizing 47 botanical gin to create a rich and cloudy liqueur. This one is highly recommended and one for the connoisseur.
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I hope that you enjoy tasting your way through some of these wonderful sloe gins and if you are new to the product you are in for a real treat. Please leave your comments below regarding any of the sloe gins mentioned in the article or please let me know one of your recommendations.