Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Some times Llanelian - North wales, sometimes Hull in East Yorkshire (UK)
normaly sloe gin but Sloe vodka is even better than sloe gin (but stronger so not for drinking neat whilst riding).
I went sloe picking last weekend. Got 6.5lb of sloes (some as big as grapes) and we are thinking we will make at least some slow gin and vodka.
If you plan on using the sloes the best way to get the juice out is to freeze them before you try making the sloe gin.
The slow formation of ice crystals within the cells of the sloes damages the structural integrity of the berries releaseing far more juice once defrosted. Also you need to prick all the berries before putting them in the gin (Just brake the skin with your nail)
RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT