Ireland, Inishmore, Aran Islands. Very early spring 1992.
And so that white-flowering bush that’s everywhere… is what they call WHITE thorn?
‘No’ Olwen said. ‘That’s BLACK thorn. It’ll produce sloes later on…’
Wrong time of the year of course (I must be getting old if memories are making me post a Sloe Gin recipe in spring…!!)
- 300 freshly picked sloes
- 200g caster sugar
- 1 litre of gin
With a needle or skewer prick the sloes all over and put into a clean bottle or jar. Add the sugar, then pour in the gin. Shake well and put aside. For the next week, shake the bottle/jar well at least twice a day, then store in a cool, dark place and shake occasionally (one every two weeks) for a few months. Make in autumn, and the beautiful dark red liquor is ready to drink at Christmas.
Variations: you can use blackberries or raspberries in the same way (they don’t need pricking)… You can also use vodka in stead of gin… You can serve it poured over icecreams and desserts…