I have used a different recipe for this year's sloe gin ... it is from the brilliant book "A Slice of Organic Life" - this will be my first 'project' from the book!
zest of one orange and one lemon
teaspoon of honey
2cm ginger, sliced
bottle of gin
Crush the sloes with a rolling pin, or spoon and put into a large bottle/jar. Add the other ingredients and cover with the gin. Store the jar somewhere dark and cool for 6-12 months ....