5 from 10 votes
A glass of sloe gin
Sloe Gin
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins

An easy, delicious home-made digestif made with foraged hedgerow fruit. This traditional British treat brings warmth to a winter evening and makes a lovely gift. My sloe gin recipe yields one 70 cl bottle, or just under 600ml of sloe gin once decanted.

Course: Alcoholic Drinks, Digestif, Drink
Cuisine: Traditional British
Keyword: Sloe Gin
Servings: 20 servings (makes about 600ml)
Calories: 78 kcal
Author: Helen Best-Shaw
  • 225 g sloes
  • 120 g sugar
  • 410 ml gin (or enough to fill the bottle)
  1. Pick over the sloes and put them in a clean 70 cl bottle.

  2. Add the sugar.

  3. Top up with the gin.

  4. Screw the lid down tight and give it a good shake.

  5. Keep the bottle in a cool, dark place that is easily accessible and shake every day for the first week or so, until all the sugar is dissolved.

  6. Store in a cool dark place for at least 3 months (ideally at least months to a year) to infuse.

  7. Strain into a jug through a sieve lined with a muslin cloth or jelly bag. Transfer the gin to a clean bottle. The gin may be enjoyed straight away but is best left for another 6 months.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Don't use fancy gins with complicated botanicals or added flavours for this recipe – instead, us a basic gin and allow the sloe flavour to take the starring role. 

Three months will do, but steeping the fruit for six months or up to a year is better to maximize the flavour. Ideally, leave it for few months more after rebottling the finished gin. 

Sloe gin is delicious in a long summer drink with tonic water and lots of ice – if you have any left, that is.

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts
Sloe Gin
Amount Per Serving (30 ml)
Calories 78
% Daily Value*
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 22mg1%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 5IU0%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 1mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.