This sloe gin fizz cocktail is an absolute showstopper! It's easy to make and brings a deliciously simple harmony of flavors that work wonders and create magic in a glass. Trust me... this one goes down so easily!
The combination of fruity sloe gin, zesty lemon juice, simple syrup and sparkling water or club soda, all served with ice and some fresh or frozen berries is sensational. This sloe gin fizz is definitely up there with my favorite cocktail recipes and I'm excited for you to try it!
Don't forget to use homemade sloe gin to take it to another level!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- The flavour combination is next-level quality
- It’s a classic cocktail recipe that’s perfect all year round
- It’s minimal effort for maximum reward
Equipment Needed To Make This Recipe
There are a few important kitchen items that you’ll need before you make this recipe:
- Cocktail shaker – the essential piece of kit to get those flavors flowing
- Cocktail glasses – if you’re going to make a cocktail, you might as well serve it in style! I always serve my favorite cocktails in proper cocktail glasses
- Cocktail stirrer – sure, James Bond prefers his cocktails shaken not stirred, but he's never tried my sloe gin fizz recipe. Trust me... stir for that inspired taste!
- Jigger – use a jigger to measure to get your measurements just right
Use homemade sloe gin for best results.
Popular Substitutions For This Recipe
- For a twist on the citrus side of this recipe, replace the lemon with lime juice
- If you can't find sloe gin, you can use regular gin for a straight up gin fizz
- Substitute sloe gin for sloe vodka and make a sloe vodka fizz
Variations To This Recipe
- For a sweeter drink, add an extra teaspoon of simple syrup. If you prefer your tipple less sweet, only add one teaspoon instead of the two called for in the recipe below.
- Add an egg white to your cocktail shaker for a silky texture and a creamy head to your sloe gin fizz cocktail. Shake the egg white with the other ingredients, leaving out the ice to allow the egg white to foam, then add the ice and shake again to chill.
- You can also garnish with a cherry wedged on to the rim of the glass.
- For milder berry notes, use a 50:50 split of regular gin and sloe gin.
Serve your sloe gin fizz in a tall cocktail glass (a highball glass) and sip it slowly with a straw to really appreciate the flavors.
What are sloes?
Sloes – pronounced 'slows' – are tiny blue/black berries that typically grow on blackthorn bushes in the UK. The word 'sloe' comes from a mixture of old European words for plum. Sloes grow between August and November and the later in the season they are, the better.
Sloe gin makers usually wait until the first frost – this is because the berries freeze, leaving a split along the side. This allows the berries to infuse a lot more flavor into the gin.
What is sloe gin?
Sloe gin is a gin based liqueur made by steeping sloe berries in gin. Basically, this involves leaving the tiny berries in the gin for months, until you're left with a wonderfully tart, fruity infusion.
Sloe gins have a delicious deep flavour, perfect for making a refreshing cocktail like this sloe gin fizz!
Do I need to use fresh lemon juice?
Yes! While technically you can use lemon juice from a bottle, fresh is best. There's nothing quite like the fragrance and flavor of fresh lemon juice to complement your sloe gin fizz!
Of course, you could give it a twist and use fresh lime juice.
What is sugar syrup?
How do you make simple syrup?
Making simple syrup is easy! All you need to do is dissolve two parts sugar to one part water (e.g. 300g caster sugar in 150ml water) in a saucepan over a low heat. Once the sugar has fully dissolved, allow it to cool completely.
You can even make a big batch and store your sugar syrup in the fridge, ready to add to your favorite cocktails.
How strong is this sloe gin fizz?
It's not too strong! However, it's easily adaptable – you can add an extra shot of sloe gin for a suitable kick or add extra sparkling water for a milder version.
Can this recipe be scaled?
Not really. Of course, you could double or triple the amounts below to make a large batch, but the point of a sloe gin fizz is to keep that fizz. So, only make as much as you need – you can always shake up a few more to keep the party going!
Other Drinks Recipes You’ll Love
So, you loved making this sloe gin fizz recipe and fancy trying your hand at a few more cocktail recipes? Well, as luck would have it, I have a few more up my sleeve:
- Toblerone cocktail – melt in your mouth fantastic, this indulgent cocktail will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside!
- Eggnog martini – this fabulous festive cocktail is even more fun than it looks
- Amaretto and coke – simple, refreshing and perfect for unwinding on a warm summer evening
Long vodka – zesty and refreshing, this drink is a springtime classic
- Incredible Hulk drink – the colors will mesmerize you; the flavors will blow you away! The perfect drink to serve your Marvel mad friends
- Alcoholic butterbeer – speaking of themed drinks, this one is inspired by Harry Potter and tastes amazing. It's so good, you'll want to throw a Potter party just for an excuse to make more
- Pornstar martini – as the raunchy name suggests, this one is for those who want to bring a little fun to proceedings. The perfect party starter, this playful cocktail is smooth, delicious and – ahem – goes down easily
- Sprinkbokkie shot – with vivid green and creamy gold colors that celebrate the South African rugby team, this punchy shot is a South African favorite... especially when the game's on!
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