This sloe gin recipe takes just ten minutes to prepare and anything up to three months to infuse. Sloes, the hard, blue-black fruit of the blackthorn, appear from the end of September/early October depending on the weather and where you live in the UK. If you can't wait until the first frost to pick them, store overnight in the freezer before starting the recipe.
Nigel Slater's classic sloe gin recipe - if you can find the sloes then this is a great drink. You can also use it when stewing fruit such as plums or blackberries and apple. http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2010/oct/10/nigel-slater-classic-sloe-gin-recipe