there seem to be plenty about – have some in my garden for picking this year. Have some excelent blackberries too (sometimes having a communal garden with a crap garden is good!)- although I did have one of the old dears moaning that I couldnt pick the blackberries the other day…silly old bid
Supposed to wait for the first frost to pick sloe berries – although I usually pick late sept and then stick them in the freezer. Get cracking sloe gin (lidl gin (dont need expensive stuff), 1/3 bottle of sugar, berries and shake regularily for 6 months to a year – the best bit of the making is drinking the excess gin, and then once the sloe gin is finished you can coat the sloes in chocolate and eat them!)Posted 8 years agoAnna BMember
Hurray for sloe gin! It is a good crop this year, and for damsons too. Extra nice, cos a frost at the wrong time last year killed them all off. Trad wisdom is to pick after the first frost, but I don't usually wait. Also noticed last night that some are feeling ripe already, which seems a bit early. Ski, I have made sloe gin with rock hard sloes, but I will wait another few weeks to get mine.
Intrigued by sloe poitin, got a recipe 13thfloormonk?Posted 8 years ago
I'm going to get some cheap whisky to make blackberry whisky this year, I think.Posted 8 years ago13thfloormonkMember
Annabananna, its pretty simple:
1)Find a nice Irish girlfriend
2)Charm her father with several parts fine single malt
3)Express a taste for her father's uncle's friend's homebrewed poitin (potatoes and barley is all i've been told)
4)Try not to show too much concern when he presents you with a litre bottle of bright pink sticky liquid with a pile of berries in the bottom of it.
5)Horde it, and resist the urge to let all and sundry try it, it doesn't last! 🙁
having acquired the actual poitin i think the method is much the same as doc_blues'Posted 8 years agoAnna BMember
13thfloormonk – that's me out of the running at the 1st hurdle! Making drinks out of potatoes reminds me of McDonalds though, so shall stick to gin based….
Blackberry brandy on my list for this year as well. I love the fact that my slight sadness at the approaching end of summer is countered by hedgerows full of stuff to eat/cook/make into potent drinks for night rides.Posted 8 years agogusamcMember
gf has done my plums …..
Had compote (?? – well stewed with nectarines and cinammon sticks) at a BBQ, jam in cupboard and last 3kg is being turned into chutney.
Also planning to leave left overs in demi-jon with vodka (other recipies/ideas welcome).
Tip – sloe gin with Ben + Jerrys cherry garcia works well.
Currently quite up on bramble patches so looking at plans for that, ditto sloes…Posted 8 years agoskiMember
Well I have been on a Jam making marathon at the weekend, as our allotment has 3 different types of plum trees.
I now have a kitchen full of 40-60 odd jam jars of plum jam, glad the Mrs and kids love it though.
Going to barter most of it away, with others down the allotment.
Making some sloe jam would be neat as no one here seems to want to make use of them here.
miketually – Member
I'm going to get some cheap whisky to make blackberry whisky this year, I think.
Great Link Mike, thanks for that, what's you whisky of choice?Posted 8 years ago
Great Link Mike, thanks for that, what's you whisky of choice?
I've never made it before. IIRC, the site says to just use very cheap whisky – supermarket saver stuff, I'd guess. Depending upon what that costs, Aldi do Glen Moray for less than a tenner a bottle, so I might go for that.Posted 8 years ago
Haven't found a crop of Damsons for a few years around here none of the places I know have had them, think I may have to head down the road to my town of birth and check out old hunting grounds.
Sloe Gin is a liquor so should have sugar in but 1/3 seems a tad too much personally but it is down to taste.Posted 8 years agoConorMember
hmm…. I was in the process of starting a business making chutney and preserves (inc the impossible-to-get Sloe Jelly). Maybe I could make my fortune selling Sloe Poteen to STW alcos?
I'm not a spirit fan, but a good, old poteen is the smoothest and most delicious drink known to man. We had a few sips of a 5 yr old bottle the other weekend and ended up giving it to our English visitors because they were so amazed by it.Posted 8 years ago
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