I’ve been braving the nettles that border our land to check frequently on the sloes. We are lucky to have a bank of bushes all along one side (which we share with our 3 neighbours); in fact we are generally lucky, in that we live surrounded by overgrown abandoned orchard trees that provide large amounts of apples, cherries, crab apples, sloes, elderberries and brambles.
The sloes are still a little hard, but the trees are quite diseased and they always ripen early down here, if you aren’t quick off the mark they are all eaten or shriveled so I decided to just go for it and make the gin. I use a 2 Litre jar and to that I add:
600g sloes (washed & pricked all over with a cocktail stick)
That’s it. I leave it on the darker window sill for a few weeks, turn every so often and when I remember drain and sieve into clean bottles, then drink.