Sloe Gin Fizz Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Sloe Gin Fizz is a classic cocktail that dates back to the early 20th century. It is believed to have originated in England, where sloe gin, a liqueur made from the sloe berry, was first produced. The cocktail gained popularity in the United States during the Prohibition era, as the sweet and fruity flavors of the sloe gin helped to mask the taste of poor-quality alcohol. The Sloe Gin Fizz is a refreshing and light drink, making it a popular choice for warm weather and outdoor gatherings.

How Sloe Gin Fizz Tastes?

The Sloe Gin Fizz has a sweet, fruity, and slightly tart taste. The sloe gin provides a rich berry flavor, while the lemon juice adds a refreshing citrus note. The addition of simple syrup balances the tartness, and the club soda gives the drink a light, effervescent texture.

Interesting facts about Sloe Gin Fizz

  • Sloe gin is made by steeping sloe berries, a small, tart fruit, in gin and adding sugar.
  • The Sloe Gin Fizz is a variation of the classic Gin Fizz, which uses regular gin instead of sloe gin.
  • The fizz in the name comes from the club soda, which creates a fizzy, effervescent texture in the drink.


A few good options for Sloe Gin Fizz are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Sloe Gin

  • Why 2 oz?: It's the star of the show; too little and it's a whisper, too much and it's a roar.
  • Flavor enhancement: Adds a rich berry flavor with a sweet and slightly tart profile.
  • Without it: You'd just have a sad, berry-less fizz.

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Lemon Juice

  • Why 1 oz?: Enough to pucker up without wincing. It's about balance, just like life.
  • Flavor enhancement: Brightens the drink with a punch of acidity.
  • Without it: The cocktail becomes one-dimensional, lacking its zesty charisma.

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Simple Syrup

  • Why 0.5 oz?: A sweet whisper to complement the tart lemon and sloe gin.
  • Flavor enhancement: Smoothens out the acidity and adds body to the drink.
  • Without it: You might be mistaken for drinking a berry lemonade with an attitude problem.

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Club Soda

  • Why 2 oz?: Sparkle and fizz make everything more fun.
  • Flavor enhancement: Adds effervescence and dilutes the drink to perfect sippability.
  • Without it: It's not a fizz; it's just a sloe gin lemonade - no bubbles, no party.

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Orange Slice & Maraschino Cherry

  • Why garnish?: Aesthetics and aroma. A cocktail without a garnish is like a joke without a punchline.
  • Flavor enhancement: Adds a hint of citrus aroma and a sweet, cherry finish.
  • Without it: The cocktail would still be good, but why settle for good when you can have great?

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Recipe. How to make Sloe Gin Fizz Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add the sloe gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup to the shaker.
  3. Shake well until chilled and combined.
  4. Strain the mixture into a highball glass filled with ice.
  5. Top with club soda.
  6. Gently stir to combine.
  7. Garnish with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry.

Pro Tips

  • Chill your glass before pouring the cocktail to keep it cool longer.
  • Use fresh lemon juice for a brighter, fresher flavor.
  • Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously to fully combine the ingredients and create a frothy texture.

Perfect Pairings


  • Cheese boards: The fruitiness of sloe gin pairs well with creamy cheeses and charcuterie.
  • Seafood: Light seafood like shrimp or scallops complement the bright flavors of the cocktail.

Main Courses

  • Pork dishes: The sweet and sour profile of the Sloe Gin Fizz can cut through the richness of pork.
  • Pasta: A refreshing cocktail alongside a pasta with a light sauce can be quite satisfying.


  • Citrus-based desserts: Lemon tart or orange sorbet echo the citrus notes in the drink.
  • Berry desserts: Complements the sloe berries in the gin nicely.


  • Light white wines: For those who are enjoying more than one type of drink during a meal.

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What you could change in Sloe Gin Fizz

  • Regular gin can be used in place of sloe gin, creating a classic Gin Fizz.
  • Lime juice can be substituted for lemon juice for a different citrus note.
  • Agave syrup can replace simple syrup for a more natural sweetness.

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Blackberry Sloe Gin Fizz

  • Ingredients: Add fresh blackberries for muddling.
  • Recipe: Muddle a handful of blackberries in the shaker before adding the other ingredients.
  • Taste: The addition of blackberries deepens the berry flavor and adds a touch more sweetness and complexity.
  • Experience: It's like wandering through a berry bramble on a summer's day—with a drink in your hand.

Rosemary Sloe Gin Fizz

  • Ingredients: Incorporate a sprig of rosemary.
  • Recipe: Shake the rosemary sprig with other ingredients to infuse herbal notes.
  • Taste: Rosemary brings a woodsy, aromatic quality that provides a herbaceous counterpoint to the sweet and tart.
  • Experience: If a botanical garden had a house cocktail, this would be it.

Sparkling Sloe Gin Fizz

  • Ingredients: Replace club soda with sparkling wine.
  • Recipe: Reduce sloe gin to 1.5 oz and top with sparkling wine instead of club soda.
  • Taste: The switch introduces a boozy effervescence and a toasty depth to the fizz.
  • Experience: For when you want to fizz things up a notch—perfect for celebrations.

In case you forgot basics how to make Sloe Gin Fizz

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Sloe Gin Fizz

What's the difference between sloe gin and regular gin?

Sloe gin is a red liqueur made with the sloe berries of the blackthorn bush, steeped in gin, and with added sugar. Regular gin is a distilled spirit flavored primarily with juniper berries.

Can I make sloe gin at home?

Yes, it's quite possible to make sloe gin at home given that you have access to sloe berries. You simply need to steep the berries in gin and add sugar, then leave it for a few months.

What alternatives to club soda can I use in a Sloe Gin Fizz?

You can use other carbonated waters like seltzer or tonic water. The difference will lie mostly in the sweetness and depth of flavor in the end result.

What are the origins of the term 'fizz' in cocktails?

The term 'fizz' originated from the hissing sound carbonated beverages make when they're poured. It has been used to describe a category of cocktails that are characterized by having carbonated water and citrus juices.

What other cocktails can I make with sloe gin?

Apart from the Sloe Gin Fizz, other popular sloe gin cocktails include the Sloe Gin Negroni and the Blackthorn.

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