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    Sloes

    I usually use this time of year to make sloe vodka, probably down to my Danish roots as I don't really like gin. It's easy and thanks to the recipe I got from this site very tasty. 3 litres last the whole year when I'm ready for the next batch. But I'm unable to this year as I can find no sloes. The usual place I go produced about 3 berries instead of the 2 Kg I would usually pick for 30 mins of work. I've been looking around my local area to no avail. I'm not sure what is eating them or whether it's down to a lack of bees to pollinate them in the spring but I just can't find any. I could pick all the ones I find but that leaves nothing for the wild creatures to fatten up with. So does anyone out there have an alternative or shall I just cheat and make it up with 1 part ribena to 2 parts vodka? I'm thinking plums or damsons for now but input from any masters of the art would be appreciated.
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    Damsons make very good flavoured vodka

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    I went for plums and it seems to be coming along nicely. Will try damsons next year
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    http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/infused-vodkas I made coriander Vodka last year which was really nice.

    http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives...ka-recipe.html

    http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1087/limoncello

    Lots of options out there and Vodka is good because it has very little 'taste'
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    Quote Originally Posted by rik_uk3 View Post
    http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/infused-vodkas I made coriander Vodka last year which was really nice.

    http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives...ka-recipe.html

    http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1087/limoncello

    Lots of options out there and Vodka is good because it has very little 'taste'
    Me Mam used to make Damson vodka for Christmas. The starting point is 40% ABV vodka and then the added sugar and damsons re-ferment. I'd recommend no more than one teeny weeny glass in a singe session, otherwise it all goes a bit
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    Just found a tub of sloes in the freezer from last year. I'll have to get some gin on the go in the new year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pootle View Post
    Just found a tub of sloes in the freezer from last year. I'll have to get some gin on the go in the new year.
    Aye, should be ready for in time for next Xmas ...if you can leave it alone !👍😁

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    That's the real trick isn't it. I reckon making it at this time of year gives me the best shot of leaving it till christmas

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