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Sloe Gin Fizz Recipe

Happy Hour: Sloe Gin Fizz

For a sweet brunch cocktail that's more complex than the standard mimosa, I turn to fizzes — mixed drinks that consist of a spirit shaken with acid, soda water, and egg whites for frothiness. While they've been around for well over a century, they gained international acclaim in the 1950s. Some of them — like the Ramos gin fizz — remain popular today.

Less commonly seen (but no less satisfying!) is the sloe gin fizz. It's similar to the gin fizz, although the star ingredient is sloe gin, a liqueur made from spirits infused with the sloe berry, an astringent fruit that's related to the plum.
The resulting tipple has a ripe, cassis-like flavor with an effervescent, floral finishing note. By drinking more sloe gin fizzes, I'm hoping to bring them back. Join me in the cause when you keep reading.

Sloe Gin Fizz

Adapted from the Esquire Drink Book, 1956

Sloe Gin Fizz


  1. 1 1/2 oz. sloe gin
    3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
    1 tsp. sugar
    Club soda
    1 fresh egg white (optional)
    Tools: shaker, strainer
    Glass: highball


  1. Combine lemon juice and sugar in a cocktail shaker and mix to dissolve sugar; add sloe gin (and, if using, egg white).
  2. Fill shaker with ice and shake well for 10 seconds. Strain into glass and top with 2-3 ounces chilled club soda, to taste.

Makes 1 cocktail.

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