Chocolate Sloe Liqueurs

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I’m reliably informed that sloe gin tastes better and better the longer you leave it, but that’s a theory I’m not in a position to test just yet.

The sloes we picked last October had been infusing the gin with their gorgeous berry flavours for three months when the serious business of bottling-for-Christmas began. The eclectic assortment of bottles looked beautiful – lined up with their home-made labels and colourful twirls of ribbon – and I was all set to become the family’s favourite person this festive season. But what to do with all those gloriously alcoholic sloes?

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Inspiration lay with the pretty petit fours cases I’d once bought from Lakeland Limited in a fit of domestic goddessness. Here’s the recipe for achieving top present-giver status next Christmas:

1. Destone the sloes – I crushed mine with the flat blade of a knife which worked quite well but it was a bit of a long-winded process and I did end up with purple finger nails. Any suggestions for more efficient destoning gratefully received.

2. Place 3-4 sloes in a petit fours case and pour over melted dark chocolate. Leave to set.

3. Divide up at a rate of one for each gift box and one for me, until you reach the end of your chocolate/sloes/patience.

4. Bask in your new-found popularity whilst sipping your reserved bottle of gin and tucking into deliciously boozy chocolate liqueurs.

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We also sampled brandy-infused chocolate blackberries , which were rather wonderful too, but I wouldn’t recommend getting behind the wheel of a car after more than 2!

The Weatherstaff Team