Summer is officially behind us and these days, the weather’s much colder, the rain’s more frequent and sometimes you can even see your breath in the air. This is the season of long nights, darker mornings, conkers, log fires, cozy walks, sturdy walking shoes and Wellington boots. But it is also sloe gin season in the UK.
You might have seen our interview with our friends Jenny and Hamish Prentice about how and when to harvest sloe berries. They’ve been making sloe gin in the Wiltshire countryside for years and they offered some handy tips on exactly how and when to harvest these elusive little berries and turn them into sloe gin. It’s well worth a read if you missed it. But once you’ve got your sloe gin, what exactly do you with it on a cold autumn evening?
Spice up those autumn nights
Well one thing you could do is warm yourself up with a delicious hot sloe gin toddy. So, we thought we’d make it nice and easy for you by giving you a simple recipe that will add a little spice to those cold, dark nights. When you’re trapped indoors (maybe enjoying the warmth of a log fire or wondering what gin based drink you should have) you could get your evening going with a burst of delicious, spicy alcoholic warmth.
Welcome to our hot sloe gin toddy – we think you’ll FALL in love with it (see what I did there?)
- 25ml Sloe Gin
- 150 ml cloudy apple juice
- Cinnamon sticks
- Star Anise
Pour apple juice into a saucepan
Drop in the cloves, cinnamon sticks, star anise and an orange wedge
Warm the mixture up in the pan and stir
Pour into your favourite mug, add a decent shot of Sloe Gin and ladle in the mixture
Stir gently to mix and garnish with cinnamon stick, orange twist and cloves
Note: for the non-alcoholics in the family, this is a great winter warmer for the kids as well. Just leave out the gin!
Written by Steve (with a little help from Ruddles, the gin dog!)
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