Hello, Dilettante Friends! Long time no see. Happy Fourth to you! Life’s been busy the last four months, but not without it’s cocktails, despite what the dearth of entries might suggest!
So right to it, shall we?
After years of wondering exactly what it was, I purchased a bottle of sloe gin about 3 months ago which promptly got shoved to the back of the bar, forgotten and unopened. It got pulled out at last weekend’s Pride celebration and once again became a priority. Wow. Sounds just like the on-again, off-again health care deform reform in this country. But I’m getting ahead of myself...
First, though, check out that awesome single block of ice in The Partner’s Manhattan. (Prepared with orange bitters this time around. He seems to prefer that these days. I know, right? As you regulars will know, this is unexpected considering his constant whinging about classic cocktails being too citrusy and acidic. **sigh** Though I will admit, they do brighten the bev up a bit.) For my birthday, The Partner’s parents contributed to the bar with a set of ice cube forms that yield these fantastic blocks of ice. Coincidentally, they didn’t even know how much we covet the look, sound, cooling power, and overall effect of these when we go to trendy, hipster, shee-shee-la-la bars.
For mini-Date Nite, on a damp, foggy, July 3rd, we closed up shop a little early. Never having had sloe gin before, I tried a sip of it straight. The Partner winced. Apparently, sloe gin figured into his days as a frat boy. Wishing me well he took his Manhattan and several steps back, waiting for me to finish making my fizz. The brand I have is Plymouth. Click the link above and read the description of the taste. Mmm-hmm. Right. Let’s just say it’s more akin to watered down cherry cough syrup from when we were kids and call it a day.
That said, I was a bit apprehensive on the first sip of fizz. But to tell the truth, it was quite delightful and refreshing. The lemon, gin and seltzer cut the medicinal sweetness of the sloe gin to nice effect. Had the weather been a bit less October in London and a bit more July in Chicago, I could have had multiple rounds of these. The Partner even ventured a cautious sip...which turned into four: “...[sip]...Hunh...[sip]...Oh wow...[sip]...This is a lot different than what we drank in college...[sip]...Sure beats drinking it straight outta a bota bag!”
So I’ve read in my hometown rag that the administration might be postponing parts of the health care “reform” bill. Possibly, in part, in order to get Dems through the mid-terms before elements of the bill go into effect. Naturally, Republicans are making hay out of this, even though they’ve been fighting the bill tooth and nail for the past 5 years. I say, hey, what’s the rush? Politicians have enjoyed very comfortable health care benefits for decades. So they’re good. And We The People’ve gone 237 years without a comparable safety net. What’s another two? We’re hardier stuff anyway. In the meantime, if we get sick and we’re under-age, unemployed, not employed, self-employed or our employer hovers around the cusp of 50+ employees and is tarrying about providing insurance, we always have sloe gin. Straight. For that cherry-flavored cough syrup experience of our childhood. Or Jäger. Or Pernod. Or slivovitz. Or...
Sloe Gin Fizz
1 oz. sloe gin
1 oz. gin
1/4 oz. lemon juice
1/4 oz. simple syrup
Shake ingredients with ice. Decant into a fizz glass with ice and top with club soda. No garnish.