1 lb. sloe berries, picked after the first frost
If the berries' skins are not soft they should be pricked to allow the juices to escape.
Mix the sugar and berries and half fill a bottle with the mixture. Fill the bottle with spirits.
Store for two months, turning or shaking occasionally to ensure the contents mix well and the sugar dissolves.
Best drunk on Christmas Eve!
Sloes grow on blackthorn bushes which may be found in many British hedgerows. They look like this: