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Inspired Cocktails: The Sloe Gin Martini

in Articles September 8, 2014

Before Prudence, Patience and Constance take their well earned break from gin making, we asked the Sipsmiths what they are most looking forward to sipping on during their Christmas holidays…

 

The Sloe Gin Martini

Originally conceived of by Harry Craddock, legendary cocktail maestro of the Savoy’s American Bar, this ruby-hued drink was the sixth most ordered of our 100 Martinis. We like to sip it all year round.

40 ml Sipsmith Sloe Gin

20 ml dry vermouth

20 ml sweet vermouth

In an ice-filled mixing glass, combine all ingredients. Stir until well chilled, approximately 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

The Suffragette

Ranking only two behind the Sloe Gin Martini in popularity at 100 Martinis, this drink dates all the way back to 1909, when it was first mentioned in a Minneapolis newspaper. Its name comes from the fact that the cocktail supposedly tempered husbands’ pugilistic tendencies and invited a man to “relinquish his position as head of household to his wife and afford her all the privileges she now enjoys as a citizen.” Very similar to the Sloe Gin Martini, this drink offers slightly different proportions – and a citrusy garnish.

25 ml Sipsmith Sloe Gin

25 ml dry vermouth

25 ml sweet vermouth.

Combine all three ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir until well chilled, approximately 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with two lemon twists.

The Blackthorne

This Pre-Prohibition tipple dates back to 1918, when bartender Tom Bullock turned to the blackthorne tree as his muse (sloe gin lovers will note that this is the tree that produces sloe berries).

40 ml Sipsmith Sloe Gin

40 ml sweet vermouth

2 dashes orange bitters

1 dash Angostura bitters

2 dashes freshly squeezed lemon juice

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with very cold ice. Shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

The Futurity

Named after a type of horse race, the Futurity is an anytime cocktail, perfect for evening relaxation or a more celebratory affair.

40 ml Sipsmith Sloe Gin

40 ml sweet vermouth

4 dashes crème de rose (or 1 dash rosewater)

2 dashes Angostura bitters

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with very cold ice. Shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with an orange twist.

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