So what is Sloe Gin ...... Sloe gin is a red liqueur made with gin and sloe (blackthorn) drupes, which are a small fruit relative of the plum. The traditional way of making sloe gin is to soak the sloes in gin; sugar is required to ensure the sloe juice is extracted from the fruit.
So add some colour to your drinks cabinet with these sloe gins from 31 Dover
Monkey 47 Sloe Gin £39.95 31 Dover (Shop Now)
This gorgeous Sloe Gin really tastes homemade, only a touch more refined - well, the sloes are all handpicked in Germany's Black Forest, much like the juniper berries for the Gin itself. It has typical London Dry aromas, with distinct juniper and almond, and it tastes as crisp, fresh and fruity as it smells. Some tangy notes balance the sweetness. Ideal if you don't have time for foraging in your schedule. Or pricking sloes with a pin. Or you want to drink it now.
Whittaker's Clearly Sloe Gin £33.95 31Dover (Shop Now)
Whittaker's Clearly Sloe Gin is an inventive release from Harrogate Distillery in North Yorkshire. Sloe berries are soaked in Whittaker's classic gin for at least six months then laced with liquorice for 24 hours. Following that, the spirit is re-distilled, resulting in a clear sloe gin! Whilst the sloe's juiciness isn't as pronounced as you'd expect from a sloe gin, it's certainly evident and adds a delicious sweetness to the juniper notes to create a gin that's best enjoyed with tonic and a few blueberries to garnish
Elephant Sloe Gin £32.95 31Dover (Shop Now)
Combining the taste of the premium London Dry Gin with the classic flavour of fresh sloe berries, Elephant Sloe Gin introduces a warm, well-balanced, sweet and fruity update to the award-winning spirit.Macerated in Elephant gin for several months, the wild sloe berries add a light and sweet, yet richly rounded, fruity aroma. In order to retain the highest amount of aromatic flavour components, Elephant Sloe Gin remains unfiltered and can be identified by a natural cloudiness. The result is a red-tinted spirit that unfolds a complex bouquet bursting with flavours. Compared to other sloe gins, Elephant Sloe Gin has a relatively low sugar content paired with a higher alcohol volume of 35 percent. This deliberately discreet addition of sugar triggers a perfect balance between the tart and sweet notes – without the need for additional artificial flavours. This also makes it ideally suited to mixing in cocktails as well as enjoying it neat. Each bottle is custom- made and adorned with handwritten labels and the purple label marked with the production year and bottle number of each batch. A natural cork with a hand-twisted cord and seal closes every bottle. As with the London Dry Gin, the company donates 15 percent of all proceeds from every bottle of Elephant Sloe Gin to two African foundations that are committed to save the African elephant from extinction.
City of London Sloe Gin £31.95 31Dover (Shop Now)
From the heart of London comes this wonderfully fruity and juicy Sloe Gin. Sloe berries are steeped in the City of London’s award winning London Dry Gin, creating a deep and rich character with blueberry and pine notes. The pepperiness of the London Dry Gin oozes into the Sloes, giving a wonderful spice to the finish.
Warner Edwards Sloe Gin Gift Boxed £29.95 31Dover (Shop Now)
After the success of their Harrington Gin, Warner Edwards have brought out a line of flavoured Gins including this, their Sloe Gin. A fabulously fruity gin handcrafted by University friends Tom Warner and Sion Edwards on their barn in Harrington, Northamptonshire. They’ve taken their Global award-winning Harrington Gin and infused it with hand picked local sloes. On the palate juicy berries make way for spice, before clean juniper and zesty citrus notes. A good balance of sweet-fruity and dry-herbal flavours. This sloe gin has a true harmony between the sloe berries and a characterful spirit. It is pleasant to sip and savour, with a robust character that will also stand up well in long drinks.
Williams Aged Sloe & Mulberry Gin £26.25 31Dover (Shop Now)
Williams Aged Sloe & Mulberry Gin is inspired by decidedly British flavours. Williams GB Gin is blended with hand-picked Herefordshire sloe berries and tart, succulent mulberries, and aged for one year in oak casks at Chase distillery.Deep, rich sloe berries with sweet ripples of rosehip are immediate on the nose, followed by fresh notes of blackcurrant and redcurrant. A sticky mouthfeel with a clean tartness around the edges reveals big fiery, berry notes and an aftertaste of figs, chopped dates, prune and redcurrant jelly. Gloriously warming, try with bitter lemon, serve neat as an accompaniment to a cheese board or as an Autumnal G&T. It’s also a great additional to mulled wine, garnished with orange and star anise.
Boodles Mulberry Sloe Gin £25.95 31Dover (Shop Now)
Boodles Mulberry Sloe Gin is a fresh interpretation of a British classic.Delicate Mulberries combine with notes of raspberry and currant to create a sweet and subtle medley. It's the perfect complement to Boodles British Gin's unique botanicals of rosemary, nutmeg and sage, creating a balance of complexity of flavour.
Deep, sweet and juicy, this is an excellent liqueur to enjoy either warm or cold. Mix up a "Proper Punch" by combining 3oz Boodles Mulberry Gin with 3oz Apple Cider, 1oz fresh orange juice, a splash of lemon juice, cloves and a cinnamon stick. Alternatively, add to Champagne with a twist of lemon peel.
Bathtub Sloe Gin £24.95 31Dover (Shop Now)
With an ever-expanding market of infusion gins it can be hard to make your product stand out. To ensure a unique flavour in his Bathtub Sloe Gin Professor Ampleforth has chosen to go back to the early days of Gin making. He uses a method known as cold-compounding and produces all his spirits in small batches to ensure the best quality in every batch. Cold-compounding involves infusing neutral grain spirit with botanicals. No distillation takes place once the botanicals have been macerated. Almost half a pound of sloe berries go into making a bottle of his Sloe gin, ensuring an explosive taste in every sip. After lots of experimentation, Professor Ampleforth picked his botanicals, including juniper, orange peel and cinnamon. The result is a mighty fine gin that has won multiple awards including a Gold Outstanding Award at the 2015 International Wine & Spirit Competition. It’s presented just like an old apothecary medicine bottle – Brown paper and string and wax sealed by hand. A unique packaging for a very unique product.