Today is Loretta Lynn’s birthday — April 14.
If we stocked Sloe Gin at the bar where I work, I would’ve had a Sloe Gin Fizz in her honor.
What’s the relationship between Sloe Gin Fizz and Portland, Oregon? I have no idea, other than the fact that the drink is named in the song “Portland, Oregon” by Loretta Lynn — on the album she recorded with Jack White.
About This Drink
I can’t rightly call the Sloe Gin Fizz a proper Highball because of the citrus, but it’s served in a Highball glass — or Collins glass. Though, now that I think about it, the drink is basically just a simple twist on the traditional Tom Collins.
Liquor.com calls it “an old-timey recipe” and a “delicious fruity classic.” Here’s their recipe:
- 1.5 oz Plymouth Sloe Gin
- 1 oz fresh lemon juice
- .75 oz simple syrup
- Club soda
Shake all ingredients except the soda over ice and strain into a Highball or Collins glass filled with fresh ice. Top with the club soda and garnish with a lemon wedge and a cherry.
You can find the Liquor.com recipe online here.
Sloe gin is made from infusing liquor with sloe berries, which are a relative of plums. Because of the sugar added to extract the flavor from the berries, sloe gin is less an actual gin and more a gin liqueur. Additionally, I read online that some of the mass-marketed brands use neutral grain spirit as a base rather than proper gin — which is why Liquor.com specifies using Plymouth.
Thirsty for more?
— Read a more detailed write-up about sloe gin.
Van Lear Rose:
I had figured I would end this post by creating a Van Lear Rose cocktail, but it seems like there’s already a recipe out there, using Lillet Rose, Plymouth gin, rose water and more.
I remember really liking this song when it came out. I even own this album. Did this collaboration pre-date Jack White’s band The Raconteurs? I can’t remember. I’m getting old. This has to have been like a decade ago.
Watch the video for “Portland, Oregon” by clicking here.
I guess it’s time to dig a bunch of those albums out and load ’em onto my iPod. But first a quick little lyrical snippet:
Well sloe gin fizz works might fast
When you drink it by the pitcher and not by the glass
Hey bartender before you close
Pour us one more drink and a pitcher to go