Hedgerow Martini – Sloe Gin, Elderflower & Blackberries

Hedgerow Martini – Sloe Gin, Elderflower & Blackberries


by Ballyvolane House & Distillery

of Fermoy, Co. Cork

This autumn Winter cocktail by Ballyvolane House is utterly delicious and proves that foraging can create amazingly tasty results. Ballyvolane House Read More

1-2 People


Sloe Gin

  • 500g Sloes
  • 300g Sugar
  • 1 Bottle Gin


Hedgerow Martinis

  • 2 shots of gin
  • 3 shots of gin
  • 1 shot of fresh lime juice
  • ¾ shot elderflower cordial
  • 2 fresh blackberries
  • 2 frozen blackberries (for the garnish)
  • 3 lumps of ice
  • 1 cocktail shaker
  • 2 martini glasses




Sloe Gin

Remove the stalks and leaves from the Sloes and put them in a plastic bag and place them 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.

Hedgerow Martinis

“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!

You may also like

  • Realt Na Mara Oysters With Burren Smoked Irish Salmon Purée

    This delicious recipe is from Burren Smokehouse a highly acclaimed, award-winning traditional smokehouse located in the Clare village of Lisdoonvarna, close to the Cliffs of Moher.
  • Spinach & Irish Greek Style Cheese Rolls

    This delicious recipe if from McCormack Family Farm, a Father and Sons team with a taste for excellence and passion for produce has excelled in creating a range of products that is both innovative and commercial in nature.
  • Raspberry Fool

    Irish Raspberry Fool is one of the simplest desserts, made with just 3 ingredients. All you need to do to enjoy this mouthwatering dessert from Ballymaloe Cookery School is to swirl pureed raspberries togheter with fresh whipped cream.