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412 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.
88 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.
88 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.
85 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!
101 viewsThings You Will Need #5: some scales, for highly scientific fruit/sugar weight ratio calculations.
256 viewsRight, let's get started. one 3-litre jar, 3 pounds of damsons, wallop.
87 viewsAdd a pound or so of sugar (according to my tentative 3:1 ratio theory).
247 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.
105 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.
94 viewsSugar, 1.25 pounds (ish).
210 viewsNow - the gin!
109 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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