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SLOE GIN

Sloe gin is a special case among gins in that it is in fact a liqueur, made with a mixture of gin itself and ripe sloes - the tart fruit of the blackthorn tree. It is a classically English drink, due to the perfect growing conditions for sloes found in England. The resulting taste is beautifully balanced, neither too sharp nor cloyingly sweet, with both fruit and gin flavours working in perfect harmony.

This drink is a firm festive favourite, making a wonderful pick-me-up after a brisk country walk in the frosty air, but it can be enjoyed at any time of year. Try serving it with sparkling wine on warmer days for the ultimate in summer refreshment. Classically, it is produced from gently soaking sloes in gin for several months, with sugar to help extract the juice, although grain spirits may also be used. American versions of sloe gin sometimes use related fruits such as aronia.

Sloe gin possesses a highly appealing reddish appearance which is often likened to the colour of rubies or red wine. Indeed, it can be used in place of red wine in stews and casseroles of strongly flavoured meat or game such as venison. A final touch in some varieties is the addition of clove or almond essence to add a spicy note and a little extra complexity. The word "sloe" is an ancient one and may date back thousands of years to a Proto-Indo-European word meaning "bluish". 

 

Sloe gin is a special case among gins in that it is in fact a liqueur, made with a mixture of gin itself and ripe sloes - the tart fruit of the blackthorn tree. It is a classically English drink,... read more »
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SLOE GIN

Sloe gin is a special case among gins in that it is in fact a liqueur, made with a mixture of gin itself and ripe sloes - the tart fruit of the blackthorn tree. It is a classically English drink, due to the perfect growing conditions for sloes found in England. The resulting taste is beautifully balanced, neither too sharp nor cloyingly sweet, with both fruit and gin flavours working in perfect harmony.

This drink is a firm festive favourite, making a wonderful pick-me-up after a brisk country walk in the frosty air, but it can be enjoyed at any time of year. Try serving it with sparkling wine on warmer days for the ultimate in summer refreshment. Classically, it is produced from gently soaking sloes in gin for several months, with sugar to help extract the juice, although grain spirits may also be used. American versions of sloe gin sometimes use related fruits such as aronia.

Sloe gin possesses a highly appealing reddish appearance which is often likened to the colour of rubies or red wine. Indeed, it can be used in place of red wine in stews and casseroles of strongly flavoured meat or game such as venison. A final touch in some varieties is the addition of clove or almond essence to add a spicy note and a little extra complexity. The word "sloe" is an ancient one and may date back thousands of years to a Proto-Indo-European word meaning "bluish". 

 

 
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