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Here are the best sloe gin cocktails to make with this fruity British liqueur! This unique ingredient makes mixed drinks shine.

Sloe Gin cocktails
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Got a bottle of sloe gin and not sure what to do with it? Sloe gin is a British red liqueur, a signature liqueur that’s considered the limoncello of the UK. Sure, you can drink it neat: but it’s even more fun dressed up in mixed drinks! This liqueur adds a fruity, intriguing element to each sip that leaves you wanting more.

The most famous of all sloe gin cocktails is the Sloe Gin Fizz, a spin on the gin fizz that’s likely been around since the 1900’s. But there are lots of other ways to mix up sloe gin: from sophisticated to low brow.

And now…4 sloe gin cocktails worth trying!

More about sloe gin

Nope, it’s not actually gin! It’s just made with it. Here are a few things to know about sloe gin:

  • 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.
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Sloe Gin Fizz

Sloe Gin Fizz

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


The Sloe Gin Fizz is the most classic of all cocktails with this sweet and fruity red liqueur! This fizzy drink is sweet tart and frothy, and highlights the best of sloe gin.


  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) sloe gin
  • ¾ ounce (1 ½ tablespoons) lemon juice
  • ½ ounce (1 tablespoon) simple syrup (or maple syrup)
  • 1 egg white, optional*
  • Soda water


  1. Place the sloe gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and egg white in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for 15 seconds.
  2. Fill the shaker with ice and shake for 30 seconds until cold.
  3. Strain the drink into a ice-filled highball glass and top with a splash of soda water; the egg white foam forms on top. If desired, garnish with a lemon wedge. Serve immediately.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

More cocktails!

Outside of these sloe gin cocktails, there are so many great cocktail recipes! Try them all:

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Kim Brown says:

    A long time ago I loved a drink made with sloe gin. It wasn’t a sloe gin fizz or coctail. I think it was made with some kind of juice, & it didn’t taste like alcohol. It wasn’t an Alabama slammer. I just cannot remember the name of the drink. If you know, could you please email me &tell me? I would appreciate it so much. Thank you for all you do. Kim