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The Sloe Gin Fizz is a refreshing and unique spin on the classic! This fizzy drink highlights the best of sloe gin, a sweet and fruity red liqueur.

Sloe Gin Fizz
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Want to mix up your cocktail repertoire? This spin on the classic Gin Fizz is fruity, unique, and even more refreshing than the original. Meet the Sloe Gin Fizz! As your resident home bartenders, we’re here to offer the classic cocktails and help you find the unique liquors worth tasting. That’s where Sloe Gin comes in. It’s neither gin, nor slow, but it’s absolutely worth finding a bottle to make this cocktail! It’s tart and fizzy, with a fruity finish that makes you want to immediately keep sipping.

What’s in a sloe gin fizz?

We’re glad you asked! The Sloe Gin Fizz is a spin on the Gin Fizz, a classic cocktail invented in the 1870’s. The Sloe Gin Fizz uses sloe gin instead of gin, and likely originated around the early 1900’s. It went on to remain popular throughout the 1960’s. The drink was traditionally served with an egg white foam topping to add texture and creamy body to the drink, but can also be served without. The ingredients you’ll need for a Sloe Gin Fizz are:

Another tasty gin fizz variation? Try the Ramos Gin Fizz, a New Orleans-born cocktail that tastes like lemon meringue pie.

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So, what’s sloe gin?

We can’t talk about a sloe gin fizz without first talking a bit about sloe gin. Turns out, it’s not gin at all. 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. Sloe gin is to Britain what limoncello is to Italy (source).

In the 1970’s and 1980’s in America, low-quality bottles of sloe gin with artificial flavors became popular. With neon color and vaguely cherry flavor, it wasn’t made with real sloe fruit at all, and inspired low-brow drinks like the Alabama Slammer. These days, “real” sloe gin has come back into style and you can find it at your local liquor store or online.

What does sloe gin taste like? Sip a spoonful straight and it’s a little like cherry cough syrup. But add it to a Sloe Gin Fizz, and it adds a nuanced fruity flavor that’s completely unique and leaves you wanting more.

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A “dry shake” makes the best egg white foam

Let’s talk about that beautiful egg white foam topping on the Sloe Gin Fizz! It’s optional, but it certainly adds pizzazz. Egg whites to cocktails have been around since the 1860’s: the foam adds a frothy texture to the top and a creamy rich flavor to each sip of the drink.

How to get the perfect foam? The best frothy egg white form is achieved by doing what’s called a Dry Shake. You’ll use in lots of classic cocktail recipes like the Amaretto Sour or Pisco Sour. Here’s how it works:

  • The first shake without ice lets the protein in the egg begin to form foam, instead of being diluted by the ice.
  • The second shake with ice cools the drink and strengthens the foam. Strain it into the glass and you’ll get a thick, white frothy layer.
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How to make a Sloe Gin Fizz (basic steps)

Now that you’ve got all the parts and pieces…here are the basic steps for how to make a Sloe Gin Fizz! The only time involved is juicing the lemon and separating out the egg white! Here are the basic steps (or jump to the recipe):

  1. Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake for 15 seconds without ice.
  2. Add ice to the cocktail shaker and shake again for 30 seconds.
  3. Strain into a glass and garnish. Voila!

More drinks with sloe gin

Got a bottle of sloe gin to use up? This Sloe Gin Fizz is the most classic recipe with this tasty liqueur. But there are a few more great Sloe Gin Cocktails we’d recommend trying. Here are our favorites:

  • Elderflower & Sloe Gin Cocktail Sophisticated and sweet tart: the best way to use this fruity red liqueur! Lemon and St Germaine are the ideal pairing.
  • Alabama Slammer A new and improved version of this retro highball cocktail full of fruity flavor! Perfect for boating, tailgating, and lazy afternoons.
  • Sloe Gin & Champagne Effortlessly easy! Combine it with champagne using the ratios in this recipe (replace the Chambord).

When to serve a Sloe Gin Fizz

The Sloe Gin Fizz is a unique drink with a fruity finish that’s like nothing you’ve ever had! It’s great for impressing guests as a:

  • Happy hour drink
  • Dinner party drink
  • Summer drink
  • Late night drinks drink
  • Guys or girls night drink
  • Cocktail hour drink
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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
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The Sloe Gin Fizz is a refreshing and unique spin on the classic! This fizzy drink highlights the best of sloe gin, a sweet and fruity red liqueur.


  • 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.


*If you omit the egg white, simply shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker until cold.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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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 and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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