Remember that sloe gin I made a few months ago?
Well, it’s officially time to have a cheeky sip.
You can leave sloe gin to infuse for actual YEARS. Some said that I should keep my creation bottled up and serve it next year, but ya know what? I’m impatient and can’t have a delish bottle of sweet goodness staring at me for an entire year.
My plan is to take a bottle of the stuff everywhere I go this Christmas, pimping every glass of prosecco that enters my path. Not sure how far I’ll get, but it will be fun whilst it lasts, ey?
Anyway, I wanted to come up with a few potential Christmas cocktails you might fancy trying one festive eve.
All using a generous glug of sloe gin, of course.
THE SLOE-MARY SPECIAL
Rosemary and gin are a match made in heaven… Throw in some sloes and prosecco and you’re onto a winner.
This is simple, but sassy and delicious. Pretty much what we’re after around Christmas innit? You will need the following:
Sloe gin (I tend to free pour, but 50ml would be the desired amount)
Rosemary – 1 spring per glass
Prosecco – My fave is the stuff from Aldi – any will do tbh
Ice – because, ice is nice
It’s simple really, pop in your ice cubes, pour over the sloe gin, followed by prosecco then garnished with a rosemary sprig. Sluuurp.
MULLED SLOE GIN
Because OF COURSE I was gonna include something mulled. Oooft.
We got mulled wine / cider on erry corner (I ain’t complaining) but no mulled gin. So, why not give it a whirl? You will need the following:
1 litre cloudy apple juice
1 cup water
a few glugs of sloe gin
A few slices of lemon
2 cinnamon sticks
2 oranges cut into quarters then studded with cloves
2 star anise
Grab a medium pan, pour in your apple juice, water and all your mulled spice goodness – leave to infuse stirring occasionally for around 20 mins.
In either mugs or glasses, pour in a shot of gin to each. Once your mulled goodness is steamy and smellin’ dreamy, pour into your glasses. Garnish with apple and a cinnamon stick if you are feeling fancy.
SLOE-LY DOES IT
The title isn’t really anything to do with the cocktail, but I’m going with it anyway.
I am a BIG fan of ginger ale, so I had to squeeze it in somewhere. The is simple, but so delish. You will need the following:
Shot (or two) of sloe gin over ice, topped with ginger ale, a squeeze of lime and an extra slice o’ lime on top. Jobs a gooden.
THE CLASSIC SLOE GIN & TONIC
Keeping things as simple as they come, the humble gin and tonic, with a sloe twist. Ya just can’t go wrong.
Not that I really have to tell you, but you will need:
You know the drill.
If you thought I was ever so slightly tipsy after putting this post together, you would be right. Merry, merry Christmas!