An alcoholic delight, sloe (or damson) gin is best made inthe summer months while the fruits are at their most succulent.

  • Fill a Kilner jar with well-washed fruit that you have pricked with a fork.

  • Cover with 75cl gin and add 500g sugar, depending on the sweetness you prefer.

  • Leave the mix for at least six weeks, shaking occasionally to make sure the sugar is dissolved.

  • Strain the gin and re-bottle. If you wish, the remaining fruit can be used for a rather alcoholic dessert.