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Sloe Gin Cocktail…

Sloe it down…

This autumnal hedgerow cocktail has a blend of botanical notes from the gin, infused with a juniper syrup, which makes for a sweet-sharp tipple.

Ingredients…

• 50ml sloe gin

• 25ml lemon juice

• 25ml gin

• Ice (crushed and cubes)

For the juniper syrup

• 100g white caster sugar

• 1 tbsp juniper berries

Method…

1. Start by making the juniper syrup. Put the sugar in a small saucepan, then add 100ml water and the juniper berries. Bring to the boil, then take off the heat and gently squash the berries in the liquid using a potato masher. Leave to steep until completely cold, then strain into a sterilised bottle or jar. Will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

2. Put the sloe gin, lemon juice, gin and 2 tsp of the syrup in a cocktail shaker with a few ice cubes. Shake well and strain into a tumbler filled with crushed ice. Serve immediately.

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