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Sloe Sherry recipe

a bottle of sloes beside a bottle of sherry

Sloes and sherry are a good combination

This sherry recipe works equally well for the sloes, bullaces and damsons that are left over from your sloe gin. Our old pal Gilbert always makes this on Boxing Day, having polished of a few bottles at their renowned Christmas Eve Drinks Party and toasted the Queen with sloe gin on Christmas day.

He claims that it is to salve the disappointment of his Christmas stocking. Everyone knows that anything as small as a stocking would never grace the foot of Gilbert and Marjorie’s bed.

Having finished the final batch of our 2005 sloe and damson gin I decided to make this wicked grog. Once upon a time I made sloe sherry every year and it’s lethal stuff. I used to use the cheapest sherry until Gilbert tipped that a reasonably priced medium sherry makes a much better tipple.

So when you finish your sloe or damson gin, don’t chuck out the fruit as there are several recipes for gin soaked sloes, damsons and bullaces. Damsons make a great alcoholic pudding, either baked in a suet pudding, in a sponge or in a pie. They also can be stoned and dipped into melted chocolate to make alcoholic sweets.

Sloes and bullaces are too bitter to be used in cooking but are ideal to have a second alcoholic outing as the base of sloe sherry. (Update:  this is a marvellous grog, we added it to our roast chicken recipe, instead of port, with a great success).

Recipe for Sloe or Bullace Sherry
Recipe Type: Liqueur
Author: Fiona Nevile
  • Gin/vodka soaked sloes or bullaces
  • Large (1.5 litre) Le Parfait jar
  • 1 litre bottle of medium sherry (not too cheap, try a supermarket own brand)
  • 1 tablespoon of white granulated sugar, after two weeks (optional)
  1. Half fill the sterilised jar with the sloes/bullaces from your sloe gin.
  2. Top up with sherry.
  3. Fit a new rubber ring and seal. Label the jar.
  4. Keep turning the jar each day for a week.
  5. Store the jar in a dark, dry area for 3-6 weeks.
  6. Sample the grog after two weeks, just to see how it’s progressing.
  7. A tablespoon of sugar can be added at this stage, according to taste.

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  1. Fiona Nevile

    Hi Linda

    The sloe cider can be a bit lively so don’t used glass bottles!

    Glad that you are enjoying the site!

  2. Linda

    Thanks, found the details for cider, may try this after the Sloe Sherry, did read a few more comments re the sloe gin, I leave my Sloe Gin over a year before straining, and this time about 18 months,all looks and taste fine, but of course it will continue to improve. May look at your recepies before the next sloe gin in the autumn.
    First time i’ve found the site, lots of useful information you dont find in the ususl books, Now stored to my favorites for future use.
    Thanks again

  3. Fiona Nevile

    Hi Linda

    There are lots of ideas contained in the comments of our first sloe gine post

    Such as ading them to cider, for starters!

  4. Linda

    Just decanted my last 5 litres of sloe gin from 2006, and so pleased to have found another use for the sloes, rather a lot of them though, any suggestions to use as well as the sloe sherry, not sure about the brandy.

  5. Fiona Nevile

    Hi Dave

    That sounds delicious. Thanks for the tip. Happy New Year, hic

  6. Fiona Nevile

    Hi David

    I haven’t tried this myself (adding gin soaked sloes to cider) but don’t think that you have to add anything else.

    There are quite a few comments about ‘slider’ on my other sloe gin and vodka posts. Type in ‘sloe’ to the search box at the top of the page to access the list of the posts.

  7. Dave Greenslade

    I have it on good authority that if you destone ( now there’s a word) the sloes they make very good sweets when mixed with melted chocolate. 😉


    I saw a program that said after drinking all the sloe gin add sloes to cider. If you have tried this do i need to add anything to it.

  9. Fiona Nevile

    Hi Martin,

    I have no idea!

    Your comment made us roar with laughter. Thanks

  10. What does one do with the sloes after the sherry?


    :-)) Hic, hic, HICK

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