Sloe Gin



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Sloe Gin

Facts and information about this famous liqueur drink

Facts and Information about the Sloe Gin Liqueur
The alcoholic drink Sloe Gin is a liqueur. Sloe gin is a deep red liqueur made by infusing gin with sloe berries (the fruit of the blackthorn). Sugar is added together with various flavorings including almond. Liqueurs are sweet alcoholic drinks which are flavoured with a variety of different ingredients and come in a variety of different colors. The word 'liqueur' derives from the Latin word 'liquifacere' which means to melt or dissolve - the flavorings used to make liqueurs are dissolved.

List of Recipes which contain Sloe Gin
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Information about Sloe Gin
Liqueurs are flavored with a whole variety of different ingredients! These ingredients include fruits, herbs, spices, flowers, seeds, nuts, roots, plants, barks, eggs and cream. The following list details the main ingredients of Sloe Gin together with other info about this famous liqueur.

  • Main ingredients of Sloe Gin - gin with sloe berries, sugar and flavorings including almond
  • Country of origin - UK
  • Color - Red

Additional background information about Sloe Gin
Additional background information about Sloe Gin:

  • Sloe Gin was originally devised to disguise the defects of poor, tainted distillations of cheap gin
  • It was made as another form of homemade wine
  • Sloe gin is traditionally served as a Christmas drink

How to serve the Sloe Gin Liqueur
Liqueurs are made in nearly every country of the world and come in a variety of different flavors and colors. This makes every liqueur drink, such as Sloe Gin, an extremely versatile drink. Liqueurs can be served:

  • Straight up - Perfect as after dinner drinks and usually served at room temperature
  • On the rocks - If a cold drink is preferred liqueurs can be chilled and served over ice cubes or mixed with crushed ice
  • Served with coffee
  • Liqueurs can be mixed with cream or other mixers to create some really good and extremely colorful cocktails

Rainbow Liqueur Drinks - Floating Liqueurs
Ever wondered how bartenders create those unusual rainbow effects when making cocktails? They use a method called 'Floating liqueurs' which is achieved by 'floating' a measure of liqueur in a glass by pouring it slowly over an inverted spoon or down a glass rod on top of previous layers. This creates a rainbow effect in a glass when using different colored liqueurs or cordials. Liqueurs are sometimes referred to as Cordials, which causes some confusion. In America a cordial mean a sweet, syrup like alcoholic beverage. However, in the UK a cordial means a non-alcoholic, sweet, syrupy drink!

Quantities and Proportions of ingredients in Sloe Gin cocktail drinks
Quantities of ingredients tend to cause confusion - no problem, just use the correct proportions of each ingredient to create the best authentic & original Sloe Gin cocktail recipe! You can use a thimble, cup or even a pitcher ( if you are making this recipe for a group or a crowd ) when you make a cocktail! The following simple guidelines will also help with the different quantities referred to in other cocktail recipes:

  • 1 oz (ounce) equals 2 tbsp (tablespoons) or 3 cl (centilitres)
  • 30ml equals 1 oz
  • 1 shot equals 3 tbsp (tablespoons) or 1 oz (ounces) or 45 ml (millilitres)
  • 1 cup equals 8 oz (ounces) or 24 cl (centilitres) or 240 ml (millilitres)

Sloe Gin

  • What is Sloe Gin?
  • Facts and Information about the Sloe Gin Liqueur
  • List of Recipes which contain Sloe Gin
  • Information about Sloe Gin
  • Additional background Information about Sloe Gin
  • How to serve Sloe Gin
  • Quantities and Proportions of ingredients in cocktail drinks


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