Posted: Sep 05, 2014 5:00 AM
Tart, refreshing and full of fizz. Yep, that's what you get with this sloe gin fizz cocktail. Shake one up tonight and enjoy this beautiful classic that's quickly making a comeback.

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

Serves 1


  • 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


  1. Add sloe gin, lemon and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice.
  2. Shake and strain into a fizz or highball glass.
  3. Top with club soda and enjoy.

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