June 11, 2009

Sloe Gin Fizz

SloeGinFizz.jpgWe've got a friend who's getting into the Sloe Gin Fizz of late, and sent an envoy to us asking if we knew any good recipes. Truth be told, we didn't, because while we've heard of this particular cocktail we've never sought it out. However, being the liquor nerds we are, we were able to dig through our many cocktail recipe books and come up with a few recipes that might fit the bill. We also found a recipe for something called a "Sloe Comfortable Screw," that we had to include just because it had an awesome name.

Find the recipes (and their sources) after the jump.

Update: We just found an article on Esquire that hints the reason for sloe gin's decline in the States - we don't have access to the real stuff, just artificially-flavored knockoffs that don't do the drink justice. Has anyone found a truly good sloe gin out there to combat this claim? Anyway, maybe that's why, as reader Megan puts it in the comments, "old people like sloe gin." It's because they've had the good stuff we don't have access to, and know what the drink can really aspire to.

Sloe Gin Fizz Recipe #1
Source: The Complete Bartender (Updated)

1oz sloe gin
2oz sour mix
club soda
Fill mixing glass with ice. Add sloe gin and sour mix. Shake. Strain into chilled Collins glass. Top with club soda. Garnish with a cherry.

Our Take: Meh. Sour mix? This strikes us as a gin fizz you'd be served at an Appleby's. There are some OK recipes in this book, but this one doesn't do it for us.

Sloe Gin Fizz Recipe #2
Source: Mr. Boston: Official Bartender's Guide

1oz lemon juice
1 tsp superfine sugar (or simple syrup)
2oz sloe gin
club soda
Shake lemon juice, sweetener, and sloe gin with ice and strain into chilled highball glass with two ice cubes. Top with club soda and stir. Garnish with a slice of lemon.

Our Take: Now we're getting somewhere. Double the sloe gin, plus real ingredients instead of premade sour mix? This is one we'd feel OK making for our friends.

Sloe Gin Fizz Recipe #3
Source: The Craft of the Cocktail (Available used)

1oz sloe gin
1oz gin
3/4oz lemon juice
1oz simple syrup
3 to 4 oz soda water or seltzer
orange slice and cherry for garnish
Shake the first four ingredients with ice and strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Top with soda and garnish with the orange and cherry.

Our Take: This might be our favorite, because the added dry gin would cut the sweetness and give it a slightly different flavor profile. For the win!

Sloe Comfortable Screw Bonus Recipe
Source: The Craft of the Cocktail (Available used)

1oz sloe gin
1oz Southern Comfort
4oz fresh orange juice
orange slice for garnish
Build in a highball glass, garnish with orange slice.

Our Take: Simple and sweet (like us) this is a sloe gin recipe we've just got to try. Also, screw comes from the fact it's similar to a screwdriver, so get your mind out of the gutter.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at June 11, 2009 10:43 AM
Recent Comments

a real sloe gin fizz also has egg white, which makes it foamy and gives it a creamy texture. no one makes them like this anymore. I believe, and yes I am old now, when I used to drink them 30 years ago, the bartender used something called "Foamie" or something like that instead of the eggwhite. they are delicious when made correctly, they should not be sweet. They should be tart, creamy, and have a nice foamy head on them.


Posted by: Connie at November 11, 2010 1:22 PM

I drank gallons of these years ago in college. They were made with lime, rather than lemon juice, and oh, so good. I'm thinking disco as we speak.


Posted by: TexasBelle at December 10, 2009 1:19 PM

Its impossible to find a bar in Southern California that makes Sloe Gin Fizz. I had it once in Vegas and I've been looking for it ever since. Thank you for the recipes, now I can make it at home. Cheers!


Posted by: Supta at July 6, 2009 10:19 PM

Plymouth makes actual sloe gin, it's good stuff. http://www.plymouthgin.com/


Posted by: DrinkPlanner at June 11, 2009 7:16 PM

Sloe Gin Fizzes aren't extinct in the Southern US, where bars keep Sloe Gin (usually the fake stuff) around to make Alabama Slammers as well.


Posted by: Techie at June 11, 2009 6:29 PM

Thanks Liquor Snob! I have only really had recipe #3, but without the lemon juice. You can also substitute 7up or Sprite in a pinch for the club soda. I also only ordered this drink successfully at one place, and it was a country club. I think old people like sloe gin. But even there, the bartender hadn't made one in years. Poor delicious misunderstood sloe gin.


Posted by: Megan at June 11, 2009 11:32 AM
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