Sloe Gin Fizz

Infused with sloe berries (a relative of the plum), sloe gin is a delightful summer treat. Porch perfect, the following is the classic Sloe Gin Fizz, courtesy of Dale DeGroff’s “The Craft of the Cocktail”:

» 1 oz sloe gin (we enjoyed Gordon’s)
» 1 oz plain gin (we suggest Bombay Sapphire or Tanqueray 10)
» 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
» 1 oz simple syrup
» 3 to 4 oz soda water or seltzer

Shake the first four ingredients with ice and strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Top with soda and garnish with an orange slice and cherry.

But as much as I appreciate this original recipe, it’s way easier to just substitute the lemon, syrup, and seltzer for San Pellegrino Limonata soda instead. It makes for a similarly refreshing beverage and is much more conducive to serving a thirsty crowd quickly.

There’s also an alternate Sloe Gin cocktail that you sometimes come across, the Sloe 75. It’s made with champagne and is horribly bland…definitely avoid when possible.

3 Responses to “Sloe Gin Fizz”

  1. JTG

    Plymouth Sloe Gin offers this recipe:

    Sloe Gin Fizz

    1 1/2 oz sloe gin
    1 oz fresh lemon juice
    1/4 oz simple syrup
    1 egg white
    dash of bitters
    club soda
    orange slice and maraschino cherry

    Place sloe gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and egg white in a shaker with ice. Hold in a towel (it’s going to get cold) and shake for about a minute (you’re trying to get egg to meringue for a frothy consistency). Strain into a highball glass over new ice. Gently stir in club soda and garnish with orange and cherry. (Note: Harrison suggests substituting sparkling wine for club soda.)

  2. JTG

    Dear CLM – Thank you for keeping this entry on file. Have you considered Plymouth Sloe Gin or one of the current gins on the market? – JTG

  3. CLM

    Plymouth is currently in rotation and is CLM approved.

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