At the start of the year I was lucky enough to be gifted a lovely bottle of Sloe Gin. Lovingly created by some fabulous friends of mine, the Kilner jar of ruby red liquid truly was a sight to behold!
Just to test my patience, the nectar was not to be ready for another two weeks. Determined to wait until the perfect moment, Sloe Day was marked on my calendar for a fortnight hence. On the agreed day, we unlatched the bottle and readied ourself for a treat. Although we could already see the lovely rich colour of the liqueur through the bottle, pouring it out into a small glass we had the additional treat of the indulgent fragrance. That sweet, fruity and unmistakeable scent of dark sloes and the botanicals from the gin, combined to a real depth of experience. When finally taking a sip, the sensation was complete!
The Sloe Gin was delicious, and could easily be sipped from a liqueur glass without any interference. However, after a small amount of time I wanted to know what else it could do! I tried two cocktails with the gin, and know that there are lots more combinations to try.
Note – if you are not lucky enough to have super friends to provide you with sloe gin, it has become increasingly available to buy. Gordons, Plymouth and Sipsmith, among others, have a sloe gin variety available, although I have not sampled them.
Nice and Sloe
- 50ml Sloe Gin
- 25ml Apricot Brandy
- 25ml Lemon Juice
- 15ml Sugar Syrup
Add all the ingredients to a shaker half filled with ice. Shake until a frost forms on the outside, strain into a martini glass.
This cocktail it a lovely colour, and has a real depth of flavour. If you find it too sweet, cut the sugar syrup or replace half the sloe gin with unflavoured gin.
Respect Your Elders
- 50ml Sloe Gin
- 30ml Elderflower Cordial
- 30ml Lemon Juice
Once again, add all the ingredients to a shaker half filled with ice, and shake until a frost forms on the outside. Strain into a champagne coupe if you have one.
This is a sweet and sharp drink, play around with the balance of flavours as suits. The sweetness of the drink will depend on your sloe gin, with shop bought gins having quite a different flavour.
Both the cocktails are short and strong, but the sloe gin works well in longer drinks too. We will continue experimenting and share our results soon!
Have a lovely weekend, and whatever you do, enjoy (responsibly) x