Newsflash: sloe gin isn’t only meant to accompany roaring fires and chilly nights. These five serves make the most of the spirit’s summery side—and are perfect for your next warm-weather cocktail party.
Sipsmith Sloe Gin is certainly an excellent wintertime sipper, but we want to let you in on a little secret: sloe gin cocktails are also rather lovely during the summer months.
Though many of us associate sloe gin with Christmas and the end of the year, it’s also a natural in a number of summer cocktails. Given that our take on the spirit is mellowed out by juicy, ripe berry flavours (but has a lower sugar content than most), it’s evocative of a summertime bounty and also ideally suited for mixing.
For your next garden soiree, then—or simply for your next at-home drink—take inspiration from these five warm-weather cocktails.
SLOE GIN & LEMON TONIC
Lemon tonic and sloe gin are a perfect pair—and this alternate take on a G&T should be your go-to summer tipple.
We all know that the G&T is classic warm-weather sipping material, but have you considered a Sloe Gin & Lemon Tonic? Fruit-forward but still just as spritzy and refreshing as the original, it’s one of our favourite sloe gin cocktails for summer.
- 25ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin
- 25ml Sipsmith Sloe Gin
- Lemon tonic
Fill a highball glass or copa with very cold ice. Pour in both gins and top up with the desired amount of tonic. Stir briefly to blend and garnish with a lemon slice and raspberry.
A Mojito lover? Try our ginny twist on the classic serve for a sweeter, summer-ready way to sip Sloe Gin in the heat. The perfect refreshing cooler for your BBQ and summer parties.
- 50ml Sipsmith Sloe Gin
- 20ml lemon juice
- 20ml apple juice
- 8-10 mint leaves
Add all of the ingredients into a highball with crushed ice. Churn to mix the mint through, and garnish with a sprig of mint.
SLOE GIN SPRITZ
Spritzes are a staple of summertime sipping—and adding sloe gin makes the format even more irresistible.
We can’t get enough of spritzes of all shapes and sizes—but a Sloe Gin Spritz is truly the way to our hearts during the summer months.
- 50ml Sipsmith Sloe Gin
- 10ml port
- 75ml lemonade
- 75ml Prosecco
- Lemon twist and blackberry, to garnish
Fill a copa glass with very cold ice and add the first three ingredients. Stir gently to blend, top up with Prosecco, and gently stir again. Garnish with a lemon twist and blackberry.
Blackberries are at the heart of a Bramble and—with its complementary dark fruit flavours—sloe gin is a fitting complement.
- 40ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin
- 10ml sugar syrup
- 20ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 20ml Sipsmith Sloe Gin
Build in a rocks glass with cubed ice and stir. Top with crushed ice. Drizzle over sloe gin for the float, and garnish with a blackberry.
This serve couldn’t be simpler—or more celebratory.
- 15ml Sipsmith Sloe Gin
- 100ml Champagne
- Lemon twist, to garnish
Add the sloe gin to a chilled flute and top up—liberally—with Champagne. Garnish with a lemon twist.
Don’t forget to tag us in your summery sloe gin cocktails on social media @sipsmith; we love seeing how you sip at home.