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Smoked sloe gin

This is a silly idea but John has had an enormous amount of fun with it. We are used to eating smoked foods and some of us even smoke food at home. In fact hot smoking fish on a grid over a frying pan of oak chips, cinnamon, cloves etc. is easy and he highly recommends it. But what of smoked sloe gin or smoked drinks in general? Is it easy to smoke alcoholic drinks, and why would you want to? Well it is very easy; John has been experimenting and has devised a set-up you can cobble together in 10 minutes from stuff lying around the kitchen. As to ‘why , he must really leave that for you answer when you try it, but there is a noticeable effect on flavour and it looks so very cool.


Have your glasses of sloe gin ready.

Place everything else in your oldest saucepan and fashion a foil tent with a little closed chimney on the top.

Set over a medium heat.

Once smoke starts to creep under the edge of the tent just snip the point of the chimney off with scissors and suck out some of the smoke with the washing-up liquid bottle and immediately inject it into glasses of sloe gin.

One squirt usually does the trick though you can do it again if you like.

Serve absolutely immediately.

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  • 2 glasses of sloe gin
  • ½ cup oak chips
  • Peel of ½ orange
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • About 6 cloves

This recipe is taken from...

River Cottage Booze Handbook