Sloe gin has very English origins. The Sloe berry grows in hedgerows all over the country. They are a bit like small blueberries to look at, but they are so tart that they can’t really be eaten as they are. So the English, predictably I suppose, do two things with them. Make them into jam, and steep them in gin. Traditionally sloe gin was a winter warming drink, but cocktail creators got hold of it and added lemon and soda, making drinks more suitable for summer quaffing.
- 1 1/2 oz Sloe gin
- 1 oz Gin
- 1 oz Lemon juice
- 1/4 oz Sugar syrup
- 1/2 an egg white
- Soda (to top)
Shake everything but the soda (dry shake.) Add ice and shake again. Pour into a tall glass over ice and top with soda.
I used a hand/stick blender rather than shaking the egg whites, because I’m lazy. This drink is a beautiful and inviting colour and the impressive foam top makes it look a bit special. It tastes ever so slightly tart and fruity, with a silky texture from the egg white. It’s really a richer, more luxurious gin sour, and one I’d be happy to drink it all day.