IT IS READY….
For 3 months I have daily been shaking my bottles of sloes, gin and sugar. I picked them in the autumn, you can read about how to make them here. They have been stored in a dark place, and have now turned the most amazing shade of deep red. I left space in each bottle for vigourous shaking. I read somewhere that one sloe gin maker leaves it in the boot of his car for 3 months, so it rolls around every day. I did not risk it myself, just in case mine broke and my car smelled like I was a gin-soaked alcoholic!
I used a jam strainer bag made of muslin to pour the sloe gin through, as I wanted all of the sediment out of the drink where I have been violently shaking it every day. Then I just decanted it into pretty little 500ml Kilner preserving bottles. Job done.
I made my labels from these sweet Apothecary Style ones that you can download and edit. The I cut them out and stuck them onto simple Kraft card tags with hemp string. The labels are by the very generous graphics designer Cathe Holden of Justsomethingimade.com who puts out lots of great downloads on her site.
And that is that. The gin is very sweet and like a liqueur, delicious. A small glass is more than enough to warm oneself up on a cold evening, and it also will make a great gift.