Sloe Gin Fizz Cocktail Recipe

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Cocktail Type


Great for

Garden Party



Two tall glasses of Sloe Gin Fizz

Are you a fan of fruity flavored cocktails that add a little sparkle to the party? Meet our easy Sloe Gin Fizz cocktail recipe, the perfect choice for the festive season.

So, what is sloe gin exactly? Sloes are super sour berries that grow on blackthorn bushes in the hedgerows of narrow lanes in the English countryside. Traditionally turned into preserves and jams, sloes are also infused with gin to create a typically English gin-based liqueur. Sloe gin is usually found in cocktails in winter, after the autumn harvest.



Can’t find sloes anywhere? You can also substitute them with Damson or beach plums. 


Our Sloe Gin Fizz is a perfect partner to douse the flames of a spicy bite!


If you don’t have Sloe Gin, why not try it with the grapefruity Bickens Premium Distilled Pink Gin



1 Person

1.5 Oz

45 Ml

1.5 Parts

sloe gin
1 Oz

30 Ml

1 Parts

lemon juice, freshly squeezed
0.75 Oz

22.5 Ml

0.75 Parts

simple syrup
Club soda, to top up
To garnish, a wedge of lemon and maraschino cherry



Add the sloe gin, lemon juice and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker. 


Add a handful of ice and shake until icy-cold. 


Strain into a highball or Collins glass filled with ice. 


Top up with club soda and garnish with lemon and cherry. 

What’s the difference between gin and sloe gin?

A regular gin is a clear spirit with strong botanical notes, one being the distinct juniper berry. If you infuse gin with sloes, the liquid turns into a deep purplish red color. Sloe gin is typically sweeter than regular gin, as the tart berries are infused with a little sugar. It also has lower ABVs as adding the sloe berries reduces the overall alcohol content.

How to choose the right sloe gin

There are so many to choose from so pick a sloe gin that you love the taste of! Some are made with 100% sloes, while others are made from a blend of sloes and other berries. Some are higher in ABV with lower sugar contents, others sweeter with a lower boozy value. Some have a more natural coloring, whereas brighter ones may contain additives. Take a look at the labels and see what works for your palate and fave cocktails.

How to make your own sloe gin

Why not make our Sloe Gin Fizz extra special by mixing it with your own homemade Sloe Gin? If you’re lucky enough to know someone who grows blackthorn bushes or knows where some grow wild, roll up your sleeves and go foraging. Pick the berries sitting proudly in the sunshine, they’re sweeter than the ones deep in the hedges. Can’t find sloes anywhere? You can also substitute them with Damson or beach plums.

You’ll need 18 ounces of rinsed fruit. Prick them all over (to speed up the infusion), and tip them into a large mason jar. Add a cup of fine sugar and a large bottle of good gin. We’d recommend a London Dry Gin like Bulldog, or Bickens Premium Distilled for a solid base. Stir, seal and shake well. Shake briefly every day for a week. Store in a cool, dark place for two to three months. Strain and pour into a sterilized bottle. Use your very own homemade sloe gin in gin cocktails with lemon juice and simple syrup for a delightful drink.

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Here’s a clue: shaken not stirred. While a Tom Collins is topped up with club soda, the main difference between the two cocktails is how they’re made. A Sloe Gin Fizz is shaken and the poured over ice, while a Tom Collins is stirred and then poured.