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    I think you might be leaving it a bit late for Christmas this year - we always allow 12 months for ours.
    (we use those bottles that posh lemonade comes in, with the Grolsch-style tops)

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    ^^^ Nope in my experience you can bottle in September and have something decent for Xmas - longer is better but 4/5 months defo long enough from my trials...
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    1574 gin and tonics please Monica, large ones.

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    Make now and into September and will be ready for Christmas.

    Cup of sloes to cup of sugar, into a large empty gin bottle and top up with gin. Shake once per week to speed up the process. Cheap gin is fine. Freezing or pricking the skin with a fork to open it up and let the juices out is essential.

    We have lots of funny stories about sloe gin:
    - we were making small bottles for wedding favours and our kitchen looked like a meth lab when a policeman knocked on the door and asked to come in to warn us of an operation that was going to happen watching one of our neighbours... he was a bit surprised about the sight in the kitchen!

    - friends dogs pulled the newspaper out of the bin that contained the sloes after bottling... they ate the sloes and were pissed as newts lying on the sofa in the lounge and sprawled across the floor absolutely off their heads!

    - my mum gave my grandma a bottle in September one year and told her to shake it once a week. Christmas comes around and my mum asks how the sloe gin is getting on... her mum flushes bright red and refuses to answer so my mum persists, worried that there's something wrong with it. Eventually my grandma admits that every week when she took it out of the cupboard to shake it, she had taken a sip to see how the flavour was developing and had finished the lot by November!!!
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    Is this not just a waste of gin!

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    not if you do it right...
    try a slug in a glass of sparkling wine...
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    Lots of sloes around this year. Drove along a country road yesterday and it was lined with sloes, elder and blackberries. Plenty of hazel nuts too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikermike View Post
    not if you do it right...
    try a slug in a glass of sparkling wine...
    Thought slugs preferred beer?
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