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This is a gor­geous win­ter warmer and a favourite Christ­mas tip­ple in our house­hold. It takes a year or more to ma­ture so start an an­nual liqueur-mak­ing tra­di­tion for a rolling sup­ply. The longer you keep it, the tastier it gets. Hedgerow sloes will be dis­ap­pear­ing fast by now so you’ll need to be quick. Put them in the freezer overnight to burst the skins and use a good-qual­ity vodka. This recipe uses less sugar than some, but I find it’s bet­ter to add more to taste later on be­cause you can’t take it out! You will need:

500g (17½oz) sloes 150g (5oz) caster sugar 700ml (24fl oz) vodka

Method: 1. Put all the in­gre­di­ents into a large jar and give ev­ery­thing a good shake. 2. Mix daily for the next week, then put in a store cup­board and give it a swirl when­ever you re­mem­ber it over the next three months. 3. Strain through a fine sieve, bot­tle and la­bel. Tiny clip-top bot­tles make beau­ti­ful Christ­mas presents.

Easy recipe

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