First frost has been, so it's sloe picking time. 'Sloe gin recipe from John Wright: "My basic sloe gin recipe is extremely simple; no added flavourings such as juniper berries or almonds, just straight in the jar with all three basic ingredients.
Rosehip syrup has a unique and lovely flavour: warm, floral and fruity. This method is the simplest we've found for making the syrup. Double-straining ensures that the tiny, irritant hairs found inside rosehips are removed. Delicious added to panna cotta,
Haw-sin sauce Haws are more abundant than blackberries, and just as easy to pick. They're too hard and bitter to eat straight off the bush, but they give a lovely fruity flavour to hedgerow jellies and wines, and can be used to make this delicious sweet-sour sauce, which comes from my friend Pam Corbin. Use it like a ketchup, or a dipping sauce, or add to a stir-fry.
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