Finally got round to putting together the sloe vodka today. While I was at it I also made a strawberry vodka and a peach vodka. It’s probably a bit late now for the sloe vodka to be ready for Christmas, but the fruit ones only take a couple of weeks so they should be good to go.
It’s the same method for all them – just fill a bottle with fruit, a couple of spoons of sugar and top up with vodka or gin or any other clear spirit. Give them a good shake every day or so until all the sugar is dissolved and the liquid has a good colour and then strain off the now yummy flavoured booze. If you really want a boozy hit you can eat the fruit too – or throw it in a trifle.
I’ve not tried peaches before but strawberry and sloe are both old favourites. I have some vodka left over which I am thinking of adding salt and licorice to just for something different.
With the sloes you’re supposed to prick them first, but since I froze mine until I got round to bottling they were splitting anyway so I didn’t need to. Apparently you get a better flavour if you wait to pick the sloes until after the first frost but freezing them at least overnight is almost as good.
A trick I picked up from a friend recently is to add a few drops of vanilla – it’s the same flavour you get when spirits are aged in oak barrels so it makes cheap booze taste that bit posher. These are definitely made with cheap booze, I went with Vodka rather than Gin because it was on special offer so this whole lot is only about £12 worth of alcohol – bargain!
I’ll try and remember to come back and add photos of the finished results.