Is there still such a thing as sloe gin ?
Sloe Gin is a liqueur produced by macerating sloe berries in high proof gin. It is usually bottled at 25% abv or higher. A sloe berry tastes slightly like bitter almond.
There is one more ingredient added : sugar (a mandatory ingredient in a liqueur).
Sloes are little berries that grow wild all over England. They're not widely cultivated, because of their highly astringent taste . However when the berries are infused in high-proof gin, along with a little bit of sugar, the result is a liqueur that is tart, but with a delicious richness and depth of flavor. Sloe berries blend well with gin and juniper.
Sloe gin was traditionally drunk in winter, as a warming drink, until the Americans got a hold of it and summerified it with citrus and soda water. Thus was born the Sloe Gin Fizz.
Did you taste it ? How did you like it ?
Source (of text, info and the picture of the berries below): HERE