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I spent a number of evenings in my misspent youth in a pleasant bar (attached to a steakhouse) drinking sloe gin fizzes. This was due partly largely (I'm blaming two parties)to my late mother, who said they were quite the thing in her younger days, and also due to Tim Curry singing "Sloe Gin." (Tender ears please turn the sound down.)

The other day my husband and I were perusing a cocktail book and I remarked that I used to drink sloe gin, and he said he'd heard of it but didn't know what it was. I said it was made from a sour relative of plums but that I didn't think it was easy to find a decent band any more (at least in the US) that wasn't all sweetened up for the younger crowd.

Anyone know about sloe gin? I know that Hiram Walker makes one, but I suspect it is all sugary with little plum character. Is there a decent authentic brand around?
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Date:April 4th, 2013 01:13 pm (UTC)
I love a good sloe gin fizz but I haven't had one in ages. Years ago, I 'made' my own. If you can find sloes (or damson...both are plum cousins) you can infuse a high quality gin with their flavor. You'll still need sugar because that's how it's done but it's pretty good. As for decent brands in the U.S., I haven't found one yet!
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Date:April 4th, 2013 03:45 pm (UTC)
I have never run across sloes or damsons, though there is a wild plum tree nearby... I wonder if that would work?
Date:April 10th, 2013 02:08 pm (UTC)
Perhaps you can find Plymouth's export version. This article is somewhat old, but fancy cocktail culture has only grown in the US since then. If not, I'd suggest hitting the nicest liquor store in your area, or the most craft/artisanal cocktail place, and asking if they have suggestions.

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Date:April 10th, 2013 04:22 pm (UTC)
Great, thanks! I've heard of Plymouth gin but I don't remember ever seeing it on the shelf... maybe next time I am in San Francisco (I live in Podunksville) I can find it.
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