I thought I would pass on this tip, given to me by one of the pickers-up on my local shoot.
I suspect a good many on here have made or are making sloe gin.
When you get around to decanting the licker, don't throw those sloes away. Simply pour a bottle of vodka in with them, add a bit more sugar, my man said a pound, but he seems to have a sweet tooth, I used 8 ounces, and leave it all to steep for another 6 to 12 months to make a vodka liquer too.
After this he then reckons to stone the sloes, spread them on a tray and cover with melted chocolate to make a nice nibble too.
I'm looking forward to trying the resulting drink myself in a few months.