- 500g Sloes
- 300g Sugar
- 1 Bottle Gin
- 2 shots of gin
- 3 shots of gin
- 1 shot of fresh lime juice
- ¾ shot elderflower cordial
- 2 fresh black berries
- 2 frozen blackberries (for the garnish)
- 3 lumps of ice
- 1 cocktail shaker
- 2 martini glasses
Remove the stalks and leaves from the Sloes and put in a plastic bag and place in the freezer overnight. Give them a light roll with a rolling pin while still in the bag and decant into a bottle using a funnel. Add the sugar and then the gin using the funnel. “Give the bottle a good shake every day for three weeks”. Justin says, “After three weeks, allow the sloe gin to settle for a couple of days without shaking, then decent into a clean bottle through a sieve. You can keep the sloe gin for a year, but it’s a great drink at Christmas time.
“When using the cocktail shaker, always avoid trying to make too much in one go, as overfilling the cocktail shaker means it doesn’t mix well” Justin Advises. “Mixing two martinis per cocktail shaker works best. Put all the ingredients (except for the frozen blackberries) into the cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Chill the Martini glasses by putting them in the freezer or leave a few lumps of ice in them for a few minutes. Pour the Hedgerow Martini through a cocktail strainer into the glasses. Garnish with one frozen blackberry per martini glass. And enjoy!
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