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Easy Sloe Gin Cocktails

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Sloe gin cocktails are the perfect autumnal tipple

and great any time of the year!

 

And while homemade sloe gin is delightful on its own ~

 

Its russet ruby colour twinkling in a glass reflecting firelight from a roaring fire, together with its almond bitterness and sweet smoothness are evocative of winter cosiness, particularly now that the clocks have turned back and the nights are drawing in.

 

~ if you fancy taking your sloe gin to further heights of rich winter fruitiness then these easy sloe gin cocktails are just for you. Simple to make with no complicated ingredients to hunt down online or in the supermarket.

 

If you have picked your own sloes this year to make your homemade sloe gin it may be ready by now. Or you may be one of those people with patience (not me) who has a bottle saved from last year’s pickings. Homemade or bought craft gin, either is fine for these recipes. It’s just more fun and satisfying to make your own.

 

Gin Genie

 

Gin Genie ~ Sloe Gin Cocktails
Gin Genie

 

Created by Wayne Collins and named after the Bowie song The Jean Genie, this Gin Genie won the Drinks International 2001 Cocktail Challenge. Fresh and fruity, zesty and minty, the combination of sloe and lemon just works. This cocktail would taste just as good in summer.

 

Glass: highball
Ingredients:

8 fresh mint leaves

30ml sloe gin

30ml London dry gin

30ml freshly squeezed lemon juice

20ml simple syrup

Instructions:

Muddle the mint leaves with the lemon juice in the bottom of a shaker.

Add the London dry gin, syrup and ice.

Shake vigorously.

Double strain into a highball glass filled with crushed ice.

Float the sloe gin over the top.

Garnish:

A sprig of mint and a lemon or orange zest twist.

 

 

The Perfect Sloetini

 

The Perfect Sloetini ~ Sloe Gin Cocktails
The Perfect Sloetini

 

This is my take on the Perfect Martini, a 50/50 cocktail of gin and vermouth. It has a flavour reminiscent of Stone’s Ginger Wine. The colour is a deep vibrant claret.

 

Glass: cocktail
Ingredients:

45ml sloe gin

45ml sweet Rosso vermouth

Instructions:

Stir over ice in a shaker.

Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

No garnish.

 

 

Mulled Sloe Gin

 

Mulled Sloe Gin ~ Sloe Gin Cocktails
Mulled Sloe Gin

 

This is basically a hot toddy with hot fruit juices replacing the hot water. Feel free to adapt to taste. I have used a 50/50 mix of freshly squeezed orange juice and cloudy apple juice. You can add more of the fruit mixture or less, depending on your preference. Mine is for a toddy with a kick to it. Warming, fruity and feels as if it’s doing you good. And with all that vitamin C, maybe it is!

 

Glass: toddy glass
Ingredients:

45ml sloe gin

30ml freshly squeezed orange juice

30ml cloudy apple juice

1 cinnamon stick

1 star anise

1 clove

1 bar spoon ginger syrup from a jar

Instructions:

Heat the spices and ginger syrup with both fruit juices very gently in a pan, taking care not to boil.

Simmer gently for 5 mins to infuse the spices.

Pour the sloe gin into a toddy cup or something similar.

Pour the hot fruity spice mixture over the gin.

Stir with a cinnamon stick.

Garnish:

Orange zest and cinnamon stick

 

 

Foragers Fizz

 

Foragers Fizz ~ Sloe Gin Cocktails
Foragers Fizz

 

 

This is the simplest of the sloe gin cocktails: just sloe gin and the fizz of your fancy. Its flavoursome fizz brings out the almond sherbert of the sloe gin.

 

Glass: champagne flute
Ingredients:

45ml sloe gin

Instructions:

Pour the sloe gin into a champagne flute.

Top with prosecco, champagne or lemonade.

Variation:

You can add 30ml lemon juice and 15ml simple syrup to the gin before you top up with fizz. But I find this to be unnecessary. And with a good quality lemonade, you have all the zesty flavour you want.

 

 

Wibble

 

Wibble ~ Sloe Gin Cocktails
Wibble

 

This is one of Dick Bradsell’s creations. Named after the 1970s children’s toys the Weebles, it was created in 1999 at The Player, London.

 

Glass: coupe
Ingredients:

30ml sloe gin

30ml London dry gin

30ml pink grapefruit juice

10ml lemon juice

10ml blackberry liqueur or homemade blackberry syrup (see recipe here)

5ml simple syrup

Instructions:

Shake all the ingredients together in a shaker filled with ice.

Double strain into a chilled coupe glass.

Garnish:

Lemon zest twist.

Variation:

Substitute pomegranate juice for the pink grapefruit juice. It tastes rather good.

 

 

Hedgerow Sling

 

Hedgerow Sling ~ Sloe Gin Cocktails
Hedgerow Sling

 

This cocktail comes from Difford’s Guide, although I have dialled down the lemon juice a bit as I found it too sour. The original recipe calls for 30ml lemon juice. Try it and see which you prefer.

 

Glass: highball or similar
Ingredients:

30ml sloe gin

30ml London dry gin

22.5ml freshly squeezed lemon juice

15ml simple syrup

Instructions:

Shake the ingredients in a shaker with ice.

Double strain into a highball glass filled with crushed ice.

Top with soda but leave a little room.

Drizzle over 7.5ml blackberry liqueur or homemade blackberry syrup (see recipe here).

Garnish:

Lemon zest twist.

Variation:

Substitute 7.5ml of simple syrup for the same of homemade rosehip syrup for a real authentic hedgerow flavour.

 

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