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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.

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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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