Wordless Wednesday: The Slow Sloe Gin Preparation

Our village hedgerows are currently heavy with sloe blossom (Prunus spinosa, also known as blackthorn) – 12/04/2021

Densely packed wands of white flowers adorn their branches

There’s a gentle drone and buzz about them and, if you look carefully, you can see the bees moving from flower to flower

Walking down the alleys is reminiscent of starting a hyper jump (ok, this may not be true if you aren’t familiar with SciFi films like Star Wars/Star Trek)

Whichever way you turn, it doesn’t look like there will be a shortage of sloes for gin later this year!

And the gin? … Hopefully ready by Christmas


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6 Responses to Wordless Wednesday: The Slow Sloe Gin Preparation

  1. Cathy says:

    A glorious sight! I tried making sloe gin once, but decided I wasn’t keen. Am looking forward to the elderflowers instead. 😉

  2. Eliza Waters says:

    So pretty and I bet the bees are quite happy … are these all self-sown wild or were they planted?

  3. shoreacres says:

    I’ve always heard of sloe gin, and have known how to spell it, but somehow I missed knowing that ‘sloe’ was a plant. I’ve always associated the berries of our native Ashe juniper (and other junipers) with the liquor. I’d always assumed that ‘sloe-eyed’ referred to a state of pleasant drunkenness, too, but etymology says otherwise. Lookie at this:

    “What are sloe eyes?

    The term takes sloe from the same sloe as is in sloe gin: a dark little oval-shaped plum with a pleasingly bitter taste (the word is probably cognate with the sliva that goes into slivovitz). Thus sloe-eyed can mean ‘dark-eyed’. But that’s not so often how it’s used, in my experience; usually people are going with the other sense: ‘almond-eyed’ or ‘slanted-eyed’ – in other words, rather the opposite of doe-eyed, and more in line with slope-eyed (a term which, however, is best avoided, as it has too often been used in racist ways). A person whose eyes make you think of an elf or a faun or some other magical being is a person you’re most likely to say is sloe-eyed. I can’t entirely shake the tinge of slur and slow and slough that sloe has, but at the same time I know that sloe-eyed is not an insult. Obviously.”

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