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309 viewsThings You Will Need #1: some storage jars. I recommend the big pop-top Kilner-style ones here; you want something with a wide opening at the top otherwise you spend hours trying to get the sloes & sugar in. I've got 3 2-litre ones and 2 3-litre ones.
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84 viewsThings You Will Need #2: fruit. This is about 10 pounds of sloes (I didn't quite manage to use all of these, as you'll see), and 3 pounds of damsons. I've never tried making damson gin before, but Mum & Dad had some spare ones in the freezer, so I thought I'd give it a go.
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75 viewsThings You Will Need #3: sugar. Allow for a 2:1 ratio of fruit to sugar for making sloe gin. I reckon you might need a bit less for damsons as they're not so naturally bitter, maybe a 3:1 ratio, but this is pure guesswork. This is three 1-kilo bags: more than enough.
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82 viewsThings You Will Need #4: gin. And lots of it. This is two 1.5-litre bottles of Sainsbury's London Gin - the cheapest stuff they had. No point buying decent stuff as you're going to be masking the original flavour of the gin anyway. You just need the alcohol!
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94 viewsThings You Will Need #5: some scales, for highly scientific fruit/sugar weight ratio calculations.
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199 viewsRight, let's get started. one 3-litre jar, 3 pounds of damsons, wallop.
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81 viewsAdd a pound or so of sugar (according to my tentative 3:1 ratio theory).
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189 viewsNext up: sloes. This is 3.5 pounds in a 3-litre jar. Notice how there's unlikely to be any room left for any gin or sugar.
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99 viewsChange of plan then: decant a pound into a 2-litre jar leaving (if you're keeping up) 2.5 pounds in the 3-litre jar. Looks a bit more sensible.
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84 viewsSugar, 1.25 pounds (ish).
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104 views1.5 pounds of sloes and 0.75 pounds (I don't do ounces) of sugar into each of the 2-litre jars.
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179 viewsNow - the gin!
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