You may have been wondering (if you were bored for a few seconds) what happened to all that lovely foraged fruit that I collected the other week. Well, its all been put to very good use. You may remember we collected damsons, elderberries, blackberries and sloes.
Well, I’ve been harping on about the damsons ad infinitum and you are probably heartily sick of hearing about the damson fool we lived off for three weeks (not the same one, I just made it rather a lot). Believe it or not I still had damsons leftover which I’ve been slowly ploughing through. Those not frowzen for the winter months (when we most need an edible reminder of summer and a bit of extra Vitamin C) were mixed with vodka and left to steep.
As for the Sloe’s, in my opinion there IS only one thing you can do with them…. it has to be Sloe gin, dark, syrupy sweet, goes down like fruit juice and satisfyingly lethal! I have to admit my sister and I got through a whole bottle on Boxing Day last Christmas (not a whole litre bottle Ok, although i’m sure we could have done that with ease; it was the size of a half bottle so not that bad). We had a very happy day, but as we nursed our hangovers the next morning we stared sorrowfully (through our dark glasses) at the empty bottle and wished we’d saved some for the rest of the festive period, it was just too good not to drink. Oh well, we learn’t our lesson, make double next time!!! Sloe gin for Christmas: 2lb (900g) fruit to 2 pints (1.2litres) spirits (it doesn’t have to be the best gin, as the fruit will flavour it beautifully) to 1lb (450g) sugar….or thereabouts.