SLOE TREATS AND GIFTS

Pot of sloe berry jam

It would be a shame to waste those lovely sloe berries so we’ve put together some great ideas for seasonal chutneys, desserts and more. And if you made extra, a bottle of sloe makes for an impressive Christmas gift.

TASTY USES FOR SLOES

If you have leftover sloes, why not make jam , jelly or chutney. Sloe berries go well with apples, plums and blackberries, and if you make up a few jars it’ll see you through the winter.

Once your sloe gin is ready you can use it in all manner of recipes. We like cranberry sauce, pheasant salad, and dessert plums.

As for the gin-soaked sloes, definitely don’t waste these! We highly recommend you remove the stones and add them to the gravy for your Sunday roast, an apple and blackberry crumble, rice pudding or mince pies. For a tasty treat, you could also melt some dark chocolate, dip the sloe berries in, and leave to set. (Remember, the berries will be very alcoholic so these suggestions are strictly adults-only.)

SLOE AS A GIFT

With handmade gifts all the rage, why not make an extra batch of gin to share with friends and family? A vintage bottle (Gordon’s, ideally) with a personalised label makes a tasteful and unique present.