Traditionally drunk neat, sloe gin also makes a great alternative to a classic Kir – just add a splash to a glass of sparkling wine. Alternatively, it will bring a rich fruitiness to cocktails, and makes a fine accompaniment to cheese.
How to make sloe gin
There's no secret sloe gin recipe: the best producers will ensure that the sloes and gin are allowed to macerate for as long as possible – a matter of months, not weeks. Sloe gin should balance the tart fruitiness of the sloes with sweetness from the sugar; you may pick up a rich almond note, too, as the gin extracts flavour from the stones.
How to drink sloe gin
Sloe gin is delicious drunk neat, or with a cube of ice when the sun is out. But it also adds a rich fruitiness to your favourite gin cocktails. Try it in a Negroni for a burst of fruit, or maybe a French 75 to add a layer of rich complexity. Sloe gin cocktails are definitely worth a try!
Typical Character and Style of Sloe Gin