This pretty pink Sloe gin cocktail features sloe gin, lime juice and sparkling water. It's sweet, pretty and a tasty low alcohol cocktail.
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.
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.
- 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.
If you want to take yourself down a Google rabbit hole, try and figure out the difference between a Gin 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!
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Sloe Gin Fizz or Colllins
- ½ 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.
- We use our Sodastream for easy carbonated water.