So, back in October I wrote a post on how to make sloe gin. And, with less than 10 days to go until Christmas day, tonight was the night to filter & bottle the good stuff! Here’s a quick guide to getting your sloe gin out of the KILNER and ready to gift.
What you’ll need…
- I have used 250ml KILNER clip top bottles. You’ll need as many as you have made gin for!
- Muslin. I use butter muslin from Kitchen Craft. You probably only need one pack.
- Conical sieve. I like the Kitchen Craft 16cm conical sieve for this.
- Stainless steel funnel. I use this one, again from Kitchen Craft. It has a small filter you can remove.
- Labels. I used chalkboard labels this year. You could buy some like these ones from NotOnTheHighStreet.com
So. First things first. You need to remove the sloe’s. Simples! Just pour your gin out of the jar through a large sieve or colander and throw your sloes away.
Next, you want to line your conical sieve with a few layers of muslin. This will help to filter away some of the sediment. Note: it will never get rid of all of the sediment, but that’s OK. This is homemade sloe gin and a little sediment never hurt anyone. We aren’t talking professional chill filtration here, clearly. Do fold the muslin over a few times though before you line the sieve – the more times, the better the filter. Pour the gin through the muslin and sieve slowly (or is that sloe-ly?). Under the sieve, make sure you have another pyrex pouring jug or similar.
Now that you’ve filtered your gin, you may wish to go again for a second filtration. Up to you.
Finally, you’re ready to decant into your bottles using a funnel.
Get those bottles labelled and you’re away! You could add some festive ribbon or decorations if you liked.
Word of caution: I use these clip top KILNER’s because I like them and they are easy for the recipient to reuse, but they can leak (even though they aren’t meant to). Recommend wrapping and keeping the bottles upright under the tree!