A quick midweek Rosie Makes for any last minute pressies you have to make! Last Autumn I made sloe gin for the first time (you can find the recipe in this post and a bonus festive cocktail recipe here) and since then I’ve been determined to make it an annual tradition. I spied my patch of Edinburgh sloes back in early Autumn and earmarked the spot for when they would ripen. Fast forward several weeks and we revisited our hopefully secret stash but – shock horror – someone had got there first! After getting a bit more intrepid (read, Al climbing into the blackthorn bush and me pointing out the sloes) we had enough for a litre of gin for this year’s Christmas pressies. I’ve always wondered what to do with the leftover sloes, as it seems such a waste to throw the gin-rich fruit straight into the bin, so was excited when I came across this recipe for sloe gin chocolates. It is a wee bit of faff to chop the sloes (the stones are huge) but worth it for the end result – like extra special gin-infused fruit and nut! Plus, perhaps just as importantly, no waste – and a lovely gift to give along with the gin! To make them, you will need:
Leave to set – avoid putting them in the fridge or they will get a ‘bloom’ on them. Once set, package up and resist the urge to be over-officious in your ‘quality control’…
Have you made sloe gin before? What are you making for your last minute gifts?
Recipe via Adele Nozedar’s The Hedgerow Handbook.