Summery sloes

sloeberryWill it ever rain again? While we’ve still got unusually blue skies and  holidays, it seems to warrant a cocktail or two. And as today is not only the May Day bank holiday, but also the feast of St George in 2011, it seems appropriate to celebrate the English hedgerow with a few summery sloe gin recipes. If you made as much sloe gin as we did, you’ll probably have plenty left over and it’s doing very nicely indeed right now.

All three of these recipes do a good job of turning sloe gin from a warming wintry nightcap into a summery drink. The first two are from the Savoy Cocktail Book, while the third is from the Seagram’s book of cocktails and bartending. The fourth one is our own attempt at a sloe gin martini, I think (I found it on a scrap of paper..).

bittersSloeberry Cocktail

Ingredients: sloe gin, Angostura bitters, orange bitters

Over ice, shake together 1 dash Angostura bitters, 1 dash orange bitters & 1 small wine glass of sloe gin. Strain into a cocktail glass.

This one is lovely and spicy, the bitters cutting through the sweetness of the sloe gin.

Sloe Gin Cocktail

Ingredients: sloe gin, dry French vermouth, sweet French (or Italian) red vermouth

Over ice, stir together 1 measure sloe gin, 1/2 measure dry vermouth, 1/2 measure sweet vermouth. Strain into a cocktail glass.

This is a bit sweeter, along the lines of a Manhattan. Maybe one for later in the day.

Sloe Gin Fizz

Ingredients: sloe gin, powdered sugar (we grind up granulated in a pestle & mortar), lemon, soda water

Over ice, shake together 1 measure sloe gin, 1/2 tsp powdered sugar, the juice of 1/2 a lemon. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice. Top up with soda.

Love this one. With all that fruit inside, it must be really good for you too.

Sloe Gin Martini

Ingredients: sloe gin, dry gin, dry French vermouth

Over ice, shake 1/2 measure dry gin, 1/2 measure sloe gin, 1/6 measure vermouth. Strain into a cocktail glass.

Dry and quite powerful. Nice delicate pink colour.

10 thoughts on “Summery sloes

  1. Those cocktails sound delicious. Will definitely have to try my hand at sloe gin this year, especially since my experiment with the damson gin didn’t work too well, still has way too much ‘bite’. It might work in a cocktail though, and the gin infused damsons do make a rather nice filling for chocolates!

      1. Definitely too gin-y ( if there is such a thing :o) ) Have tried more sugar but to no avail. Hey-ho, that’s what happens when you make something without taking the time to do a bit of research.

    1. The ‘Sloe Gin Cocktail’ might be a good one to try – a good sweet vermouth might help things along if your damson gin isn’t fruity enough.

  2. I use to love a slow gin fizz, I haven’t had one in years and have never made one myself. I might have to try this recipe.

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