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So, I’m slowly recovering my cold that I wrote about on Monday. The cold is almost gone, but Michael is apparently germy. I recommend staying away from the Kaplan Kids because we’re 3 for 4 with this cold.

I really hate being sick. I just sit in my house, watch movies, and don’t talk to anyone. Not that I had any big plans or anything, but I’ve been quarantined in my bedroom for most of the last 48 hours. It’s best not to speak to me when I’m sick. I’m liable to bite your head off. Or whine you into doing something for me.

Luckily, I have some cocktails on reserve to write about. Today I’m going to write about the Sloe Gin Fizz. It’s a classic cocktail that’s become unfashionable. For those of you who have never had a Sloe Gin Fizz, you are missing out. Trust. Sloe gin is an amazing liqueur that somehow got relegated to bad drinks. Choose from some of the following titles of awfulness: “Violent Fuck,” “Tie Me to the Bedpost, Baby,” “Panty Dropper,” “Black Orgasm,” or “Sex in the Red Zone.” Awful, awful names.

The drink names are more appropriate for serial rapists than your standard drinker. I know I would never want to order a “Tie Me to the Bedpost, Baby” regardless of how attractive I found the bartender. It’s a sad state of this delicious liqueur. Let’s reclaim it one drink at a time with:

A Sloe Gin Fizz

1 oz Sloe Gin

1 oz Gin

Juice of half a lemon

1/2 oz Simple Syrup

Club Soda

Fill a tumbler with ice. Place Gin, Sloe Gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a glass. Top with Club Soda. Add more simple syrup if necessary.


I make this drink differently from other recipes that I have seen. Normally people just use 2 oz of Sloe Gin and do not use Gin. I personally need/want more of a kick. Because Sloe Gin is such a strong flavor, decreasing the Sloe gin and adding Gin doesn’t detract from the cocktail, but instead, keeps it delicious and becomes more potent.

Replacing the lemon juice with lime juice makes the drink taste like an alcoholic Cherry Limeade from Sonic.

This is a great drink for those of you who invite your friends over and hang out on your porch during the middle of the day. I love the Sloe Gin Fizz.


1 750 mL Bottle of Sloe Gin: $10.00

1 750 mL Bottle of Gin: $12.00

1 L club Soda: $1.00

1 Lemon: $0.50

Simple Syrup: Free!

Total Cost: $22.00

Cost per drink

Sloe Gin: $0.40

Gin: $0.48

Lemon: $0.40

Club Soda: $0.12

Total Cost: $1.40

As always, happy and safe drinking.