Well. That was a Weekend well deserving of a capital W. Was yours, too?
Saturday kicked off early with my daughter’s last softball game of the year. It was her first year playing, and she loved it. It’s been such a joy to watch her learn the sport and play! Right after her game we headed to her team’s end-of-season pizza party. Then we dashed home so she could change before going to her friend’s birthday party. While she was at the party, my son and I prepped four batches of pizza dough to rise (the boys all made their own pizzas – one of our favorite group kids activities!), then I dashed back to pick up my daughter and head to the grocery store for last minute party necessities. In the last hour before my son’s sleepover party, my family cleaned up the house, frosted the cake and cupcakes, set up all of the pizza making stations and set out toppings, decorated and set the table and snack stations, and I whipped up very last minute cake decorations (a name cake banner and Terraria paper art that I made 10 minutes before guests arrived).
THEN…the next 15 hours were taken over by a house full of eight very loud, hyper, hungry, did I mention LOUD? 11-year-old boys. So much fun, a lot of crazy, and my son was so happy through it all that it was all worth the lack of sleep. After the last child went home, I went straight back to work to make up for the time I spent chaperoning two school field trips and volunteer work last week.
LOVED every minute of it! But, if ever there were a need to celebrate a weekend well spent with a Mixology Monday, this weekend was it! :)
Mixology Monday: Sloe Gin Fizz
Sometimes Sloe Gin Fizz contains frothy egg white at the top and while it looks pretty, not everyone loves the idea of downing egg whites with their cocktail. I left that ingredient out for this recipe.
This is a Class A cocktail that I think you will really love, whether your fizz bubbles up to the top of the glass, or just sparks up to say hello and then rests back like mine. I’ve seen (and tried) many variations of Sloe Gin Fizz and it’s all good, my friends.
Sloe Gin Fizz is one of those cocktails that you can usually shake up at the last minute because, aside from the sloe gin, you may already have the other ingredients on hand: lemon juice, sugar, and club soda. That’s it!
SpiritWorks Distillery Sloe Gin
SpiritWorks Sloe Gin is the only traditional sloe gin crafted in the US. The all-female distilling team at Spirit Works is lead by co-founder Ashby Marshall. The recipe for their Sloe Gin is an updated version based on a generations-old family recipe from Ashby’s British husband and distillery co-founder, Timo Marshall.
Sloe Gin differs from straight gin in that it is made from whole sloe berries (a tiny relative of the plum) which are steeped into the gin. This gives it nice berry and citrus notes, a bright vibrant color, and it’s sweet without being syrupy. If you’ve tried slow gin before and thought it was too sweet, try SpiritWorks Sloe Gin — I think you’ll find it well balanced and mighty delicious!
- 2 ounces Sloe Gin
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
- 2 ice cubes
- 4 ounces club soda
- Pour sloe gin, lemon juice, sugar, into a chilled cocktail shaker.
- Add ice cubes and shake well.
- Strain into a highball glass.
- Stir in club soda.
Recipe adapted from SpiritWorks Distillery.
Thanks, SpiritWorks, for sending me your tasty, well-crafted Sloe Gin to try. Can’t wait to make more cocktails with it for future Mixology Monday recipes!