Calling all Sloe Gin lovers and alchemists!
The Feathers Hotel in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, is searching for the best artisan Sloe Gin in Britain. The hotel will be holding a two day competition for both commercial producers and home-distillers.
Nothing compares to a glass of bright, ruby-coloured sloe gin in the depths of winter, especially if you make it yourself. I have wonderful memories in recent years, of gentle rambles along the coastal path on the west coast of the Isle of Wight to pick sloes with a group of close friends. What could be better than dreamy,panoramic vistas out to sea and magnificent foraging opportunities. Sloes grow on the blackthorn bush, and resemble large berries with a slight, dusky bloom. They can also grow to the size of small plums. When raw, the berries are incredibly tart, and shouldn’t really be eaten raw. Also, be careful when picking the sloes. The bushes are very prickly! But something magical happens when you steep these hardy winter berries in organic gin and good quality sugar and a few secret ingredients! The Ethical Hedonist adores Sloe Gin. Not only is it delicious and warming, but it is also great fun and easy to make.
If making sloe gin is not your cup of…well gin…then how about attending this fantastic event and sampling the best Sloe Gin on offer?
This competition will begin on Friday 29th November, during this day the judges will choose who to crown as the overall Sloe Gin champion! The event will also be open to the public on the Saturday 30th November. I can also tell you that The Feathers Hotel has to be one of the most delightful hotels in England – it is full of charm, personality and wonderful food.
The Feathers Hotel also holds the Guinness World Record for its 181 different varieties of gin it stocks in its bar, so we advise you to eat something wholesome before you try the sloe gin! www.feathers.co.uk
EH Slow Gin Tip – Sloe Gin makes an excellent champagne cocktail. Just go steady on the gin. It is very intoxicating.