Will 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..).
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.