Sloe Gin is a British liqueur made using Gin and Sloe berries. In the 17th century farming land was divided up with the planting of hedgerows which gave birth to large crops of a tart fruit called Sloe Berries. While not pleasant to eat, it was soon discovered to work well when mixed with Gin. Gin is distilled (or redistilled) with botanicals, most noticeably juniper, for an intentional flavour. Gin is one of the broadest categories of spirits, all of various origins, styles, and flavour profiles, that revolve around juniper as a common ingredient. When mixed with the juice from Sloe berries it creates a sweet and warming liqueur which makes for a fantastic winter drink.
Sloe Gin can be mixed with tonic water as the bitter quinine in the tonic balances the sweet flavours of the Sloe Gin. Historically Sloe Gin was used as a winter warmer and drank neat in the colder months. In more modern times sloe gin is often used to bring a sweet and fruit element to a cocktail.
Gin has always been a key cocktail ingredient since the birth of mixed drinks. There are so many great gin-based cocktails, including the Vesper, Bees Knees, French 75, and of course, the Martini. Beginning as one of the most popular spirits 200 years ago, Gin has now regained its place as one of the most popular spirits on the market, alongside of Vodka and Whisky.
Try our one of our great range of Sloe Gins, a sweet British liqueur made with gin and sloe berries.