Behold, the BEST Sloe Gin Fizz cocktail you can make! This recipe tackles the classic muddy-pink-hued cocktail and takes it up a notch both visually and in flavor. 

pink cocktail in a martini glass with a layer of white foam on top

Why I Love This Recipe

I’ve been doing Cocktail Friday on Instagram for over two years now and this is easily one of my favorite cocktails to date. My version, which I call the Pink Pony, totally revamps the classic cocktail to be more balanced and colorful. 

I also love how simple it is—just 5 ingredients. 

What’s in a Sloe Gin Fizz

Sloe gin is sweeter than regular gin and has a dusty red hue. You can usually find one brand hidden  next to a large array of regular gin. 

Lemon juice adds brightness and tartness. Make sure you use fresh lemon juice. 

Simple syrup 

Campari isn’t classic in a Sloe Gin Fizz, but in my opinion it should be. Campari makes the cocktail much more pink in color and it adds a bitter note which is so often missing in the cocktail. 

Egg white is totally optional but it adds a soft, creamy mouthfeel that’s just unmatched. For ease of use and food safety reasons I recommend using pasteurized egg whites from a carton.

How to Make a Sloe Gin Fizz

It couldn’t be simpler—toss everything in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously until well-chilled, at least 30 seconds. Most of the time when we use egg white in cocktails, it’s best to dry shake first (without ice) then add ice and shake until chilled. I find this cocktail doesn’t really need it. Shaking everything together from the start nicely incorporates the egg white into the cocktail and creates a thick enough layer of foam. 

To make a classic Sloe Gin Fizz recipe, skip the Campari and increase the amount of Sloe gin to 2 ounces. 

a bottle of sloe gin on a wood tray with glassware set around it

FAQs About Sloe Gin

What is Sloe Gin?

Sloe gin is technically a gin-based liqueur made by steeping sloe berries (relative of the plum) in gin with a bit of sugar.

What does sloe gin taste like?

Sloe gin is sweeter than regular gin. It’s earthy in flavor with a slight dried fruit flavor and sometimes almond-like taste to it.

What does sloe gin look like?

Sloe gin has a dusty red hue.

Does Sloe gin need to be refrigerated?

Nope, it’s high enough in alcohol that it doesn’t need to be refrigerated. The general rule of thumb—if a liqueur is less than 15% in alcohol or has a base of wine (like vermouth) it should be refrigerated.

How else can I use Sloe Gin?

Make a Sloe Gin Royale by using sloe gin in place of black currant liqueur in the classic Kir Royale cocktail. You can also make the Sloe Gin Cocktail or Alabama Slammer.

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pink cocktail in a martini glass with a layer of white foam on top

Sloe Gin Fizz Cocktail (aka Pink Pony)

  • Author: Lauren Grant
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf (10 servings) 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: no-cook

Description

A great cocktail when celebrations are in order! A simple yet stunning cocktail that will invigorate the taste buds!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 ½ ounces sloe gin
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • ½¾ ounce simple syrup
  • ½ ounce Campari
  • 1 ounce egg white

Instructions

  1. Add gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, Campari and egg white to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake vigorously until chilled then strain into desired glass such as highball glass filled with ice or deep martini glass.
  3. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Notes

Egg white is optional, but adds a lovely soft and creamy mouthfeel. For ease of use and food safety reasons I recommend using pasteurized egg whites from a carton.

If you like a less-sweet cocktail, start with ½ ounce of simple syrup. If you prefer a sweeter drink, opt for the ¾ ounce.

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Lauren Grant is a professional culinary food scientist, food writer, recipe developer, and food photographer. Lauren is a previous magazine editor and test kitchen developer and has had work published in major national publications including Diabetic Living Magazine, Midwest Living Magazine, Cuisine at Home Magazine, EatingWell.com, AmericasTestKitchen.com, and more.

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