There’s a fruity little tipple that would like to get to know you…
Sloe gin hasn’t got the greatest of reputations.
It hasn’t quite been able to shake off the associated stereotype as the drink of choice for old ladies who choose to sip a soupçon whilst watching the latest BBC period drama before bed.
But sloe gin should be calling to mind colourful images of warming winter berry cocktails, tarted-up Champagne aperitifs and as an alternative to port served alongside convivial post-dinner cheese boards.
In an effort to rightly claim its place as a serious spirits shelf component, we’ve three sloe gins that WLTM* like-minded drinkers, with a GSOH* and an open-mind - and you’re just three short questions away from meeting your perfect match…
It’s cocktail o’ clock and today’s spirit of choice is (unsurprisingly) gin.
But what concoction will you be creating?
a) You can’t beat a good old quintessential Gin & Tonic
b) Gin you say? If I can’t sip it neat, make mine a Negroni
c) Pair it with something fruity or a slice of citrus and you really can’t go wrong
It’s the weekend (at last).
You’ll be found…
a) Trying something new or helping out with charity fundraising
b) Partaking in a cultural activity or a sophisticated soiree
c) Enjoying outdoor pursuits
Time for a weekend break.
Where will you be travelling to?
a) Africa. Yes, even for three days…
b) London. The greatest of cities
c) The great British countryside
Your Sloe-mate is Elephant Sloe Gin
With 15 percent of proceeds from every bottle sold going to foundations committed to saving the African elephant from extinction, this is a sloe gin that does good whilst tasting great. Compared to other sloe gins, Elephant Sloe Gin has a relatively low sugar content paired with a higher alcohol volume of 35 percent. This deliberately discreet addition of sugar triggers a perfect balance between the tart and sweet notes. New-to-the-market, this sloe gin is best served with tonic, ice and 1-2 drops of orange bitters in a delicious twist on the G&T.
Your Sloe-mate is Sipsmith Sloe Gin
Rounded, complex, interesting, slightly serious and bursting with flavour, Sipsmith Sloe Gin is smooth enough to be enjoyed on its own and flavourful enough to shine in a cocktail such as a Sloe Gin Negroni. Sipsmith pioneered the current UK movement of both craft gins and craft distilling as a whole, opening the first distillery in London since 1823. As with their award-winning gin and vodka, Sipmsith Sloe Gin is making waves amongst the most discerning of drinkers, with press hailing it as Britain’s best.
Your Sloe-mate is Williams Chase Sloe and Mulberry Gin
Inspired by unique and decidedly British flavours, and made with “the World’s Best Tasting Vodka”, Chase distillery combines Herefordshire hedgerow sloe berries with a selection of botanicals to create a delicious Sloe and Mulberry Gin. Created as part of a campaign by Chase Distillery to “find the ultimate forgotten fruit” – the mulberry, this brilliantly British gin is fiery, fruity and flavoursome. Enjoy as a neat serve at room temperature with a cinnamon stick wrapped in flamed orange zest, or simply with a slice of fresh orange.
Choose an A, B and a C? Well, with such a varied personality may we suggest browsing the full 31dover range of sloe gins…
And whilst silly little matchmaking quizzes are all good fun and games, what’s actually even more fun is purchasing a bottle of sloe gin, pouring yourself a warming glass, and enjoying the fruity flavours in the knowledge that you’ve truly met a sloe-mate for life.
*With no more Cilla Black and the powers of Blind Date, we’ve been busy learning the lingo of modern online matchmaking. WLTM = would like to meet, GSOH = good sense of humour.
So, now you know.