Sloe, Ho, Ho! from Love Local

Have a ‘Sloe’ Cotswold Christmas

Would you like to know our secret weapon for staving off the cold on our Love Local for Foodies Christmas market stall?

Bramley and Gage Sloe Gin!

It’s warming and intensely fruity and a few nips throughout the day keep the spirits high and the chill from our bones.

We associate sloes with Christmas. Starting off green the sloes turn a rich inky blue in autumn and are ready to harvest in October/November.

Ripe and ready to be turned into Sloe Gin and many other delicious artisan delicacies to be enjoyed at Christmas.

If you don’t have the time or the patience to make your own foodie gifts for friends and family, don’t worry, we have it covered for you.

Love Local for Foodies have named one of it’s unique Artisan hampers in honour of the sloe.

The COTSWOLD ‘SLOE’ CHRISTMAS artisan hamper is a real treasure for the foodie with a taste for the luxurious and fruity.

Here are a few facts about the products and local suppliers who’s passion for excellence make our Christmas artisan food gifts so special.

Bramley and Gage (our sloe gin heroes) make their own gin at their distillery in Gloucestershire using amongst other ingredients juniper, cardamom and coriander. They also offer distillery tours.

The Artisan Kitchen received the prestigious ‘Great Taste 2 Star Gold Award’ in 2013 for their Blackcurrant and Sloe Gin Jam.

Now before you get the wrong impression and you think that everyone at Love Local is a guzzling lush for gin, we have a super non-alcoholic cordial from our friends at Five Valley Cordials.

Hot ToddyFive Valleys Sloe and Raspberry cordial can be used to make a refreshingly, fruity drink if mixed with still or sparkling water or it can make a sumptuous non-alcoholic hot toddy.

We think this will make the perfect refreshment to leave out for Santa on his Christmas Eve rounds. For the recipe go to Sloe Hot Toddie

To browse our full selection of unique artisan hampers, go to Love Local for Foodies


PS This year you can also use the make your own hamper option to select a truly bespoke Artisan hamper. Happy shopping!