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post #1 of 23 Old 10-11-2013, 08:42 AM Thread Starter
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What's in your hip flask?

If I go hunting with the bloodhounds I carry a hip flask (it's a traditionally fun thing to do ) and this year I plan to make some sloe gin asI've never made it before but think it delicious when friends have offered me some.

I've picked the sloes which is the first step


So what tipple would you have in your hip flask on a cold winters ride?
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post #2 of 23 Old 10-11-2013, 08:45 AM
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Single malt whisky.
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Single malt whisky.
Hmmm...very nice,
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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)

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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)

Yes, the sloe experts have told me to freeze them This year there seems to be a shortage in some areas, my saddler had to use some he found in his freezer as the hedges were bare.

I picked 3 lbs in about half an hour, there is a creeping blackthorn hedge in the field.
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weve got loads this year but had non last year. The sloe bushes go in 2 year cycles so you will find that the bare bushes this year will be full next year and viceversa.
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I had a hunting friend that used to make that stuff (Sloe Gin) - it was amazing. I think I still have the leather part of my flask that attached to my saddle but managed to break the glass container
Anyway - I would take anything alcoholic enough to give me the dutch courage to jump insane fences!!!
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Why are only people in or from the UK responding to this thread? LOL.
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Why are only people in or from the UK responding to this thread? LOL.

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Maybe we're the only ones mad enough or bad enough to drink and ride!!!!
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