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.