5 to Try: Sloe Gin Cocktails

One of the great underdogs of the liquor cabinet, sloe gin—a liqueur made from the fruit of the blackthorn tree—lends a soft sweetness to cocktails, making it an excellent ingredient to reach for during the fall when boozy stirred drinks come back into play. And with more quality commercial options available than ever before (try Plymouth, SipsmithHayman’s or Spirit Works), it’s a perfect time to experiment. Start with a classic Sloe Gin Fizz and bookmark these recipes to continue your mixing adventures.

Dorstone
Sloe gin and gin meet dry Curacao for a brisk and herbaceous sipper.

Mary Astor
A gin sour with layers of refreshing complexity thanks to the combo of gin and sloe gin.

Rat Race
Sylvain’s Rat Race cocktail matches earthy cachaça with the sweet tangy qualities of sloe gin.

Sloe and Unsteady
A combination of sloe gin, Fernet, lime, honey and bitters.

Time Release
A complex cast of characters unfolds in this gin and Chartreuse cocktail.