Blackberry Vodka & Sloe Gin

After our morning of berry picking in Stonham Aspal I thought about what to do with my collection of berries I’d foraged for.

With the Sloeberries I was determined to have a crack at Sloe gin, but was also given the idea of making Blackberry infused vodka with the blackberries. So I thought I’d have a go at both!

Here’s how to make these simple alcoholic beverages

You will need:

500g Blackberries / Sloberries
1 Ltr Vodka  / Gin (I’d recommend a cheap bottle as the taste will not matter)
1 tbsp Caster Sugar

For the jar I’d highly recommend a Kilner jar. They are a good size and mostly importantly, are air tight. I got mine from QD for around £3.50- cheap and cheerful!



1 Start by pricking the sloeberries and adding to the jar.

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2 With the sugar – I’d add around 200g as sloeberries aren’t sweet tasting and this needs more sugar than the blackberry recipe.  Add to jar as well.


It’s like snow has come early!


3 Then, add the lethal stuff. Once everything is in, seal and shake!


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Pop into a cool, dark space (any cupboard will do) and leave for a few months to do its thing. Turn every other day to get the juices flowing around.


Should be enough time to have some at Christmas, but preferably leave longer – 3 months+

Blackberry Vodka

Follow steps 1,2 and 3 for the Blackberry vodka. However, you don’t need to prick the fruit, and obviously add vodka instead of gin!

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Also, you don’t need to keep the blackberry vodka stored for as long – that is ready to roll out with friends within a couple of weeks! I’d also recommend turning every day, rather than every other.

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Let me know of any other amazing fruit infused recipes – I’d love to try out more (I swear I’m not an alcoholic!) xo







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