Stirchley Wines and Spirits

Stirchley Wines & Spirits, 1535-1537 Pershore Road, Stirchley, Birmingham
B30 2JH
Local Products Available (<40 miles from B1 1AA):
Arthur’s Wit, Nuns Ale (Church End Brewery);Heroes Bitter, Finn’s Hall Porter, Dragon Smoke Stout, Wuffa, Gold Work, Dark Raven (The Beowulf Brewing Company);Tickle Brain, Bramble Stout (Burton Bridge Brewery);Double Drop, Strong Pale Ale, Oyster Stout, Owd Rodger (Marston’s);Dorothy Goodbodys Country Ale, Dorothy Goodbodys Golden Ale, Dorothy Goodbodys Wholesome Stout, Butty Bach, Morgan Centenary Ale (Wye Valley Brewery)
Tel: 0121 459 9936 Email: Web:
Distance from B1 1AA by road: 4 Miles

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Very Early Sloe Gin – Recipe

sloe berriesIt was only after I got back from a long walk out to The Peacock, having gathered a box-full of sloes and with a thirst for G&T, that I discovered in Richard Maybe’s ‘Food for Free’, sloes for making sloe gin are best “after the first frost”. Oh well, I wouldn’t want to see them go to waste, so here is what I did with them…

I started by pricking the skins of each sloe with a skewer (a painstaking task with 750g of the things) to mimic the effect that the frost has in breaking the skin open. This will help the gin soak through the sloes and draw out all the flavour.

pricking skins of sloe berries

Next I added to the sloes Continue reading…

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