Sloes are tiny berries that grow wild in hedgerows around England. Unpleasantly astringent on their own, they are popular in sweetened jams and preserves, and they develop a rich, tart flavor when infused in gin. Naturally, enterprising distillers have been incorporating them into liquor since the 17th century. The spirit takes on the essence and bright color of the berries, and then sugar is typically added to counter the fruit’s tartness. What’s left is not technically gin, but actually a gin-based liqueur. A sloe gin fizz is refreshing and delightfully balances sweet against tart. It begins with Sloe Gin then we add fresh lemon, a little sugar and club soda.
For 1 Drink You Will Need
- 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) sloe gin
- 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) gin
- 1 to 1 1/2 ounce (2 to 3 tablespoons) fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon simple syrup or 1 to 2 teaspoons sugar
- 2 ounces (1/4 cup) club soda
- Lemon slice for serving
Add sloe gin, regular gin, 1/2 ounce of lemon juice and simple syrup (or sugar) to a cocktail shaker filled half way with ice. Shake vigorously until chilled. Taste then adjust with additional lemon or simple syrup/sugar. Shake. Strain cocktail into a glass filled with ice then top with club soda and garnish with lemon wedge.