Behold, the BEST Sloe Gin Fizz cocktail recipe! This recipe takes the classic muddy-pink cocktail and takes it up a notch both in flavor and looks. All you need is 5 ingredients!
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. It has a dusty red hue and is sweeter than regular gin. It’s earthy in flavor with a slight dried fruit flavor and sometimes almond-like taste to it.
Ingredients In a Sloe Gin Fizz
Sloe gin: it’s sweeter than regular gin and has a dusty red hue. You can usually find one brand (Hayman’s) hidden next to a large array of regular gin.
Lemon juice: is the best citrus for a sloe gin fizz. It adds brightness and tartness and pairs well with the fruity sloe gin. Make sure you use fresh lemon juice!
Simple syrup: to make a simple syrup, simply combine equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan over low heat. Heat just until sugar is dissolved.
Campari: not classic in a Sloe Gin Fizz, but in our 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.
- Strain the cocktail into a martini glass or a collins glass filled with ice (whichever is your preference).
- Garnish with a lemon twist and serve.
Test Kitchen Tips
- 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. We 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.
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FAQs About Sloe Gin
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.
Sloe gin has a dusty red hue.
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.
Buying Sloe Gin
Depending on where you are, sloe gin can be tricky to find. Find it in liquor stores near the wide array of regular gin. You’ll be lucky to find more than one brand of sloe gin to choose from.
Sloe Gin Fizz Cocktail (aka Pink Pony)
- 1 ½ ounces sloe gin
- 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
- ½ –¾ ounce simple syrup
- ½ ounce Campari
- 1 ounce egg white
- Add gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, Campari and egg white to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Shake vigorously until chilled then strain into desired glass such as highball glass filled with ice or deep martini glass.
- Garnish with a lemon twist.
More Gin Cocktail Recipes to Try
We also love this refreshing Cucumber Gin Gimlet.
If you’re looking for another classic gin cocktail, try our Gin Rickey. It’s simple and refreshing.