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Spirits Sep 1, 2010

This is a variation on a sloe gin rickey that calls for gingle ale or ginger beer instead of soda water. Use good-quality ingredients, such as Fever-Tree ginger ale (for an extra kick, Spirits columnist Jason Wilson recommends spicy Blenheim ginger ale) and Barritts or Reed's ginger beer, and a real sloe gin, such as Plymouth; most sloe gins made in the United States contain artificial flavoring.

Servings: 1
  • Ice cubes
  • 2 ounces sloe gin, preferably Plymouth
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 ounces ginger ale or ginger beer, chilled
  • Lime wheel, for garnish


Fill a rocks or old-fashioned glass filled with ice cubes. Add the sloe gin and lime juice, then top with ginger ale or ginger beer. Garnish with the lime wheel.

Recipe Source

Adapted from "Cocktails: How to Mix Them," by Robert Vermeire (1922; facsimile edition from Mud Puddle Books, 2009)

Tested by Michael Taylor.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 180

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 5mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates: 8g 3%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 6g

Protein: 0g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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