You may be amazed by how early in the season our hedgerows are ripening. Damsons, plums and sloes are already ripe enough to be picked now around 2-4 weeks earlier than last year. What to do with all the fruit you may ask. Well, if you have too many plums then share with friends and family. Look to making compotes, jams, fools, crumbles and pies. You can find a wealth of recipes on the internet. But in this blog, I am going to tell you how to make Sloe gin or sloe vodka whichever is your preference. Personally, I like vodka as it doesn’t affect the flavour. Sloes are very bitter berries and you need to pick them after the first frosts as this improves their flavour. Using a wide necked bottle or kilner jar. Take around 4 cups of sloe berries, wash and de-stalk the berries. Then add one bottle of alcohol, then add 1 cup of sugar. Every day shake the bottle and leave until the end of one month, then decant into a normal bottle and leave until Christmas if you can! These make for lovely christmas presents and a very welcome drink for your visitors.