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Sloe Vodka

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  • Author: Michelle Minnaar
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Makes about 1.25L (5 cups) 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


My homemade Sloe Vodka is a simple recipe but the results will leave your taste buds tingling. Do you have the patience for this tasty drink?


Units Scale
  • 500g (1lb) sloe berries
  • 125g (1/2 cup) granulated sugar
  • 1L (4 cups) vodka


  1. Wash the sloe berries, then remove any leaves, twigs and stalks from the fruit. Discard mouldy or any dodgy looking berries from the mix. 
  2. Place the sloe in a clean 1.5L clip top preserve jar. 
  3. Add the sugar then top with vodka. 
  4. Close the lid and store somewhere cool and dark. 
  5. Give the bottle a shake every day until all the sugar has dissolved. 
  6. Leave to mature for at least 3 months. For best results, consume after 1 year of steeping. 
  7. Place a sheet of muslin over a sieve and strain the vodka. 
  8. Decant into sterilised bottles, then seal and label. 
  9. Use the sloe vodka your favourite cocktails. Enjoy!


  • Any glass bottle with a cap will do the job. In this case you can even use two 75cl vodka bottles and split the ingredients between the two!
  • To err on the safe side, don’t soak it for longer than a year because the fruit may go off and destroy the drink. 
  • Reserve the fruit for other applications such as in sauces, jellies or desserts. You can use them again and make sloe sherry!
  • After the sloe vodka has been strained, it should keep indefinitely because of the high alcohol content. 
  • If you have a sweet tooth, you can add more sugar. Alternatively, you can sweeten it up after the infusion took place. 
  • Keep track of the ratios you use, so that you can repeat your successes!
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Infuse
  • Cuisine: British