It is Friday, it is practically the end of the month (well a week off but near enough), it’s time to let our hair down and have a much needed cocktail. For despite being on a diet and eating very healthily of late, I haven’t given up on cocktails entirely. For one thing January is bleak and depressing and for another… I love cocktails too much. I know some of you have sworn off alcohol altogether to take part in Dry January, but others are enjoying #GINuary (check out the Twitter feed). I fall somewhere in the middle – enjoying the occasional drink but certainly cutting back on the imbibing.
And since I am drinking a lot less, I am making those rare occasions count! 31Dover.com very kindly sent me a bottle of Elephant Sloe Gin and it is delicious for sipping on its own – just the right side of sweet, tart, fruity and with decent alcohol content. It also comes in a beautiful custom made bottle with a handwritten label. If that isn’t incentive enough to get sipping, the company donates 15% of all proceeds from every bottle of sloe gin to Big Life Foundation and Space For Elephants which are committed to save the African elephant from extinction.
1 measure (25ml) sloe gin
1 measure (25ml) gin
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tbsp egg white
1 tsp grenadine
2. Add all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with plenty of ice. Shake hard for 30 seconds and then strain into a large glass.
3. Empty the shaker of ice and then shake the cocktail again to froth up the egg white.
4. Pour into the chilled glass and garnish with some lemon zest or a twist if you like.