Portland, Oregon & Sloe Gin Fizz

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:

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