This sloe gin fizz fizz cocktail recipe has so much going for it. It’s really pretty, super pretty and packs a punch! What’s not to love?
Sloe Gin Fizz Flashback
There are two things that I think about when I think of a sloe gin fizz cocktail!
1.) It was my grandmother Bena’s go to drink when we went out to a restaurant as a family. She used to say, “This is potent.” Every. Time. But my grandmother wasn’t a big drinker so every drink she ever had was “potent.”
2.) I remember my mother (and company) imbibed this drink long ago at a dinner party hosted at our house and everyone had a hangover the next day.
That’s not to say that you will get a hangover if you try this drink. The reason my mom had one the next day is because she/they imbibed way too many that night. I don’t think she ever drank one again. Ever.
But that’s what happens when you overindulge any type of drink. I feel that way about a certain brand of wine that I drank to excess when I was younger. I can still smell it when I think of it. Glurg!
On to the recipe:
Sloe gin (naturally), gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and club soda make a sloe gin fizz!
I haven’t made this cocktail too many times in my career as a mixologist but I’ve made my share. When my folks made it for that fated dinner party, they used a sweet and sour mix that came in an envelope. I remember those drinks being super sweet. (Okay, I admit it. I took a few sips in the kitchen from the glasses I carried to the guests in the dining room. “Here you go. Hehe! Don’t mind the lip marks on the glass.” No, I didn’t say that…)
My sloe gin fizz is not super sweet. It has the perfect amount of sweetness, balanced by the sour of the lemon.
Now, there are a bazillion, (okay, probably not that many) recipes out there, so there are many ways to make it.
The liquor store I frequent only had one type of sloe gin and it’s not ‘top shelf’, in my opinion. So, I chose to lessen the sloe gin and add more straight gin to the recipe, so as not to make it too sweet. If I had a choice, I would have gone with the Plymouth brand sloe gin.
With that said, let us begin.
Mixing the Cocktail
I grab my shaker and fill it halfway with ice.
I measure 1 ounce of gin. I use Bombay gin. I love you, Bombay gin. Kiss, kiss!
Into the shaker it goes!
Next up, I measure out 1 ounce of sloe gin.
See that redness? Sloe gin is made from gin and sloe (blackthorn) drupes, which is a small fruit that is a relative to the plum. It has a alcohol percentage between 15 – 30 percent, depending on the brand, etc.
Into the shaker it goes.
Time for the simple syrup.
I measure out 1/2 ounce. Now, start with 1/2 ounce when you make your cocktail, if you like a sweeter cocktail, add another 1/2 ounce. Only problem is you won’t know until you finish making the drink, so I would suggest that you under pour the club soda. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Into the shaker it goes!
Now, I grab my lemon and squeeze 1 ounce of the juice out of it.
I pour the lemon into the shaker to join the rest of the ingredients.
While I am handling the lemon, I cut a wedge out of one of the halves. If it takes a whole lemon to get the 1 ounce of juice, I cut the wedge out of a new lemon.
Okay, now I cap the shaker and shake it a good 10 times and pour it into my Collins glass. I like these cocktails in a tall glass!
Notice the space at the top!
That space is for the club soda!
I open by bottle of club soda and pour it in the glass. (Here’s where you can leave a little space to sip it to see if you want it sweeter.)
I take my stirrer and give the cocktail a brisk stir. It doesn’t need any more simple syrup.
I squeeze the wedge of lemon into the glass and slip the wedge into the drink.
Yay! It’s done and ready to drink.
But not too many sloe gin fizzes.
I learned my lesson by watching my relatives.
At least, my lesson on sloe gin fizzes. 🙂
An aerial view.
And another photo.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe. I enjoyed drinking the cocktail!
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- 1 ounce gin
- 1 ounce sloe gin get Plymouth if you can
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- 1 ounce lemon juice freshly squeezed
- Club soda
- Fill a shaker halfway full with ice
- Add gin
- Add sloe gin
- Add simple syrup
- Add fresh lemon juice
- Cap shaker
- Shake 10 times
- Pour in tall glass like a Collins glass
- Pour club soda to the top of the glass
- Taste to see if you need more simple syrup
- Squeeze lemon wedge into drink and slip the wedge into it as well
- Lift glass
- Salute my mom
- Smack your lips