Bertha’s Revenge Sloe Gin
Bertha’s Revenge Sloe Gin, or “Sloe Bertha” is a warming tipple made by infusing wild sloes with Bertha’s Revenge Gin. The wild sloe berries are locally picked from the hedgerows around Ballyvolane House. They are then steeped in Bertha’s Revenge Gin for several months with the addition of some sugar syrup at the end to sweeten.
A few sips of Sloe Bertha will renew flagging enthusiasm when cold and wet during the winter months. But equally, it will serve as an excellent digestif or as the base ingredient for fruity cocktails.
Who is Bertha?
Bertha, or ‘Big Bertha’ as she was known, was a legendary Droimeann cow. Reared locally, she was bought as a calf by a farmer called Jerome O’Leary. She lived to be just 3 months shy of her 49th birthday. By this time she had become something of a local celebrity, giving birth to 39 calves. This had earned her an entry in the Guinness Book of Records. This fame saw Bertha became a regular at local fairs, and lead the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Sneem where she was engaged in raising money for local cancer relief charities.
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