Succulent Saturday: Sloe Gin Edition

We’re going to depart from food today as it’s a scorcher out there and I want to share one of my all-time favorite drinks and one that goes down nice and easy on a hot day.

I forget whence I originally found this drink, and it saddens me that all too few bars or restaurants will serve it. That, however, should not deter you from acquiring the ingredients and making your own. It’s so darn easy, it almost makes itself.

I’ll admit that this cocktail is a bit on the fruitier side, but if it makes you feel more manly, you can listen to the sweet sounds of Aerosmith’s Rag Doll as they sing: “Sloe gin fizzy / do it till you’re dizzy / give it all you got until you’re put out of your misery.” Or; if Sammy Kershaw is more your thing, there’s always the lyrics to the classic Queen of My Double Wide Trailer: “We sat there talkin’ by the lobster tank / I ordered her a sloe gin fizz / And when them chicken-fried steaks arrived / She said, ‘I like living like this.'”

But enough musical history. Let’s get on with it, shall we?

Sloe Gin Fizz

  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 1 tsp simple syrup
  • 2 oz sloe gin
  • club soda

Shake lemon juice, sweetener, and sloe gin with ice and strain into chilled highball glass with two ice cubes. Top with club soda and stir. Garnish with a slice of lemon.


P.S. Alternatively, you can replace one ounce of sloe gin with an ounce of dry gin to cut the sweetness just a bit.

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