One annual activity that we never miss is sloe berry picking!! Sloes are the fruit of the blackthorn tree and are the vital ingredient for Sloe Gin :)
It is one of my very favourite tipples.. and here's how you can make some:
approx. 500g sloe berries (if you can't find sloes, you can substitute blackberries or damsons)
Place the berries in the freezer for 24 hours, then bash them with a rolling pin (inside of a plastic bag!) to break the skins a little. Put the berries into a demi john or large mason jar
Add the sugar, and then the gin
Shake the bottle well to mix it all together. Cover the top with a bung or lid. Place somewhere cool and dark, leave for around 8 weeks, shaking every couple of days.
The hardest part is waiting for it to be ready... but I promise it is worth the wait :)