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Gin • Sour

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Though sloe gin isn’t a common base spirit in cocktails beyond the Sloe Gin Fizz, it makes a worthy appearance in this elegant drink. Combined with gin, lemon juice and a touch of grenadine, it’s full of flavor and not so potent that it will eclipse your judgement. Make sure to get a bottle of high-quality sloe gin that’s made without any of the artificial stuff.

The Essentials

sloe gin
lemon juice
Bar Spoon
The Details


2 oz sloe gin
.75 oz gin
.5 oz lemon juice


  • Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice.
  • Shake and strain into a coupe glass.
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If you live in England, you be familiar with sloe berries. The purplish-colored, astringent, sour berries literally grow everywhere—in fact they can probably be found right in your Nan’s backyard. Not wanting to waste perfectly good, readily available berries, the ever-crafty Brits infused them into high proof gin, adding sugar to make a sweet...