This pretty pink Sloe gin cocktail features sloe gin, lime juice and sparkling water. It's sweet, pretty and a tasty low alcohol cocktail.
Low Alcohol Cocktails
I read last week that low alcohol cocktails are trending right now. The beauty of low alcohol drinks is that they are perfect for day drinking - think brunch or lunch or lounging by the pool or cuddled up by the fireplace.
Personally I am a lightweight when it comes to alcohol, two beers and I'm ready for a nap. So, I appreciate a good low proof cocktail.
Using an American sloe gin, besides making it pretty, brought down the alcohol content. Sloe gin is 20% alcohol, 40 proof - compared to gin which is 47% alcohol, 94 proof.
What is Sloe Gin?
Sloe gin is gin that has had sloe drupes steeped in it. Sloe drupes are a fruit similar to plums.
In general there are two types of Sloe Gin that you can find at the liquor store. One that costs about $15 dollars and one that costs about $35 dollars. I have no doubt the more expensive (and higher in alcohol version) is a more truer version of Sloe Gin.
However, I was just looking to make a fun, light, easy sipping, pretty cocktail, so I went with the least expensive version.
How to Make a Sloe Gin Fizz or Collins
- Step 1 - gather your ingredients - tall cocktail glass, sloe gin, carbonated water, and half a lemon.
- Step 2 - Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, squeeze the juice from half a lemon and add to shaker. Add 2 ounces of sloe gin to shaker. Shake for about 15 seconds.
- Step 3 - Add ice to a 12 ounce cocktail glass and strain mixture into it. Use a fine mesh strainer if you want to remove the bits of lemon.
- Step 4 - Top with sparkling carbonated water (we make ours with a Soda Stream.) Stir and enjoy.
Difference Between a Sloe Gin Fizz and a Sloe Gin Collins
If you want to take yourself down a Google rabbit hole, try and figure out the difference between a Fizz and a Collins. I have a very old copy of a Trader Vic's Cocktail book and it has the differences as: A Collins - lemon juice, sloe gin and carbonated water, A Fizz - lemon juice, sloe gin, simple syrup and club soda.
The consensus today seems to be that many bartenders don't differentiate between the two. In searching, I found this article on the Differences between a Fizz and a Collins. They basically have the same ingredients, they are just treated differently.
Whatever you call this cocktail, it's just right for when you want a pretty cocktail!
Other pretty cocktails you might like:
Sloe Gin Fizz or Colllins
- 1/2 lemon juiced
- 2 ounces sloe gin
- sparkling water
- Add ice to a tall cocktail glass and to a cocktail shaker.
- Pour lemon juice and sloe gin into cocktail shaker and shake for 15 seconds.
- Strain into cocktail glass.
- Add sparkling water to cocktail glass. Stir and enjoy.
- Use a 12 ounce cocktail glass.
- If you use a more expensive sloe gin, it will be higher in alcohol.
- Use a finer mesh strainer if you do not want any of the lemon flesh in your cocktail - it's a little prettier without it.