MAKE YOUR OWN SLOE VODKA
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.