There is so much to love about autumn but one of my very favourite things is to wander the hedgerows seeing what I can forage. This appeals to me on two levels, one because it feeds all my fantasies about being in tune with nature and living the good life The other is about gathering nature's bounty to make sure that we will survive the winter. Obviously an essential winter nutrient would be sloe gin!
I picked the sloes a couple of weeks ago because I always like to freeze them because my father once told me that they were better after a frost. It also causes the skins to break slightly, saving you the tedious job of pricking them.Win.
500g sloes, washed and picked over
Peel of an orange
Put everything into a large container and shake the jar to mix.
You will need to keep turning the jar for a few weeks until all the sugar disappears. then let the flavours continue to develop - about three months in all.
Finally strain the liquid through a muslin cloth and decant the nectar into bottles. Voila! It's Christmas! Chin chin!