Sloe Gin Cocktail

This sloe gin cocktail is sophisticated and sweet tart: the best way to use this fruity red liqueur! Lemon and St Germain are the ideal pairing.

Sloe gin cocktail

Got a bottle of sloe gin you’re not sure what else to do with? Maybe you bought a bottle for a sloe gin fizz, and now it’s gathering dust in your cabinet. This Sloe Gin cocktail is the drink for you! It’s sweet tart and perfectly balanced: fresh lemon adds just the right zing. But the best part? St Germain! This trendy elderflower liqueur adds subtle floral notes so that everything is in perfect harmony with the fruity and herbal sloe gin. You’ll be sipping it on the porch in no time. Let’s get mixing!

Ingredients in this sloe gin cocktail

This sloe gin cocktail was born from the question: “What can I make with sloe gin?” Because as we alluded above, Alex and I bought a bottle of this red liqueur to make one drink: the sloe gin fizz. Which, might we add, is extremely delicious! The problem with this unique liquor is that there’s not a lot of other uses for sloe gin, outside of a handful of drinks.

This Sloe Gin Cocktail solves that problem: and we hope that you love it as much as we do. Each sip is the perfect balance between sweet, tangy, herbal, and floral, with just the right finish that keeps you coming back for more. Here’s what’s in this sloe gin cocktail:

  • Sloe gin
  • St Germain (elderflower liqueur)
  • Lemon juice
  • Simple syrup
  • Soda water (optional)
Sloe Gin

What is sloe gin, anyway?

Did you know sloe gin is not gin? Nope, it’s not actually gin, just made with it. Here’s what you need to know about this liqueur:

  • Sloe gin is a British red liqueur that’s made with the sloe fruit and gin. Sloes are fruits that are similar to a plum, but the size of a berry. They grow wild in England, and the Brits have been making it for hundreds of years.
  • What does sloe gin taste like? Sip a spoonful straight and it’s a little like cherry cough syrup. But add it a cocktail, and it adds a nuanced fruity flavor that’s completely unique.
  • Make sure to grab “real: sloe gin, not artificially flavored. Low-quality bottles of sloe gin made with artificial flavors became popular in the US in the 1970’s and 80’s. These days, “real” sloe gin has come back into style and you can find it at your local liquor store or online.
Sloe gin cocktail

St Germain is the perfect compliment

What is it about St Germain that makes any drink better? We’re assuming that if you have a bottle of something as niche as sloe gin, you might have a bottle of St Germain too. Here’s what to know:

  • St Germain is a popular liqueur that’s made with elderflowers, the small white flowers of an elderberry plant. The flavor is light, sweetly floral, and fragrant. It’s hard to describe until you taste it! It adds a unique smooth finish to the flavor of cocktails.
  • How do you say St Germain? The name is French, so say “Sahn-jer-MAHN” with your best French accent.
  • Despite the vintage looking bottle, St Germain was invented in 2007! Yep, a guy named Rob invented it in the 2007. (Here’s the story behind it.)
  • You can use St Germain for many cocktails. Try the French Gimlet, St Germain & Cranberry, Elderflower Cocktail, or St Germain Champagne Cocktail.
How to make a sloe gin cocktail

How to make this sloe gin cocktail

Once you’ve gathered up your ingredients, this sloe gin cocktail is a cinch to make. It’s a classic “stirred” cocktail: just stir everything together to chill it. Here’s what to do:

  • Stir together all ingredients in a cocktail mixing glass. Shaking dilutes the drink with ice, so this drink is stirred instead.
  • Don’t have a mixing glass? Use any glass or container you like to mix the drink, then strain it into the serving glass. Or, grab yourself a cocktail mixing glass. (Plus, it just looks cool.)

More sloe gin cocktails

Sloe gin is pretty niche, so it’s hard to find lots of sloe gin cocktails! Here are a few ideas to use the rest of your bottle:

  • Sloe Gin Fizz If you haven’t made it yet, you’ve got to try this fizzy, tangy classic! A top notch way to try this liqueur.
  • Best Alabama Slammer Remember we mentioned low brow sloe gin? Here we’ve given a makeover to the 1970’s classic…with none of the artificial flavors.
  • Sloe Gin & Champagne Swap the Chambord for sloe gin, and you’ve got a refreshing bubbly cocktail that takes no time to make.
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Sloe gin cocktail

Sloe Gin Cocktail


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This sloe gin cocktail is sophisticated and sweet tart: the best way to use this fruity red liqueur! Lemon and St Germain are the ideal pairing.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) sloe gin
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) St Germain
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon simple syrup
  • 1 splash sparkling water, optional
  • For the garnish: lemon wedge, thyme sprigs

Instructions

  1. Combine the slow gin, St Germain, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail mixing glass (or any other type of glass). Fill the mixing glass with 1 handful ice and stir continuously for 30 seconds.
  2. Strain the drink into a cocktail glass. If desired, add a splash of soda water. Garnish with a lemon wedge.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Cocktails

Keywords: Sloe gin cocktail, Sloe gin

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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