How can you resist putting a drink called “The Tramp” to your lips? This refreshing, effervescent cocktail blends flavors from summertime stonefruit with delicious, delicious alcohol. You can’t lose.
What really makes this drink unique is sloe gin. Sloe gin has nothing to do with speed. Rather, it’s made by soaking a kind of stonefruit — called, fittingly, a “sloe” or “blackthorn” — in liquor, usually gin. Remember that fact, because it will impress attractive people at the bar.
1.5 oz. gin
1.5 oz. sloe gin, preferably Plymouth
1.5 oz. apricot brandy (or similar, see variation below)
1 lime wedge
Directions: Combine gin, sloe gin, and brandy in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Squeeze lemon wedge into shaker, then drop it in. Shake vigorously and strain into a Collins glass with ice. Top with soda water and garnish with a lemon wedge or peel.
Variation: We had this drink at Seattle’s Canon bar, which claims to have “the western hemisphere’s largest spirit collection.” They leaned more heavily on the sloe gin, replaced the apricot brandy with apricot liqueur from Giffard, and topped the drink with dry sparkling wine instead of soda. It was so good, our date texted a bartender she once slept with to see if he could make it for her. (Spoiler: It was not a good date.)
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