Dating back to the 1870s, the fizz cocktail is closely related to the collins cocktail. Both have a main spirit, lemon juice and sugar (or simple syrup). In this variation of a fizz, the main spirit is sloe gin.
Now, if you've never heard of sloe gin, you're not alone. Sloe gin, essentially a fruit liqueur, is made from sloe berries that have been infused in high-proof gin along with some sugar. Sloes are little tart berries that grow on blackthorn bushes, usually found in England. This article from The Kitchn gives a little more history on sloe gin.
For a while, sloe gin (or at least real sloe gin) wasn't available in the U.S. Instead, we had overly sweet sloe gin made from neutral spirits. Thankfully, the real stuff is making a comeback and we can once again enjoy sloe gin fizz cocktails. Two brands worth looking for are Plymouth Sloe Gin and The Bitter Truth Sloe Gin. Once you have a bottle in your possession, take a sip on its own to find out what it tastes like. Then, shake up a few of these sloe gin fizz cocktails and enjoy.
Sloe gin fizz
- 1-1/2 ounces sloe gin
- 3/4 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon
- 1/2 to 1 ounce simple syrup (1:1), depending on how sweet you'd like it
- Club soda
- Add sloe gin, lemon and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice.
- Shake and strain into a fizz or highball glass.
- Top with club soda and enjoy.