Sloe & Damson Gin-Vodka

For many years we have made sloe gin, from ripe sloe berries picked after the first frost of winter, and we still do, but we can’t produce enough for demand - therefore we have to supplement our home preoccupation, with sloe and damson gin-vodka made by others.


Please see our range of Sloe & Damson Gins and Vodkas at Sybarite Cellars, which we are constantly adding to - plus we can supply various champagnes and cocktail ingredients that have been suggested in our Drinks & Cocktail Ingredients section below.


Sloe & Damson Gin-Vodka

British Sloe & Damson Berries

ABV 26% - 30% alc.

Bottle 50 - 70cl.

Light Burgundy to deep Bordeaux red, often with shades of rich Chianti leather browns in appearance. On the nose, redcurrant and ripe winter fruits hold together distinctive stone-fruit almond aromas. Cassis with soft cherry will come through on the palate, rounded with tantalising hints of alcoholic spices…BUT this all depends on which one you choose......please see the Sybarite Cellars Sloe & Damson page!

Case Price (6) £205 to £300



Purchase with a Purpose; Charity

Conservation research and communities that implement sustainable wildlife management is a very important part of what we represent.


Sybarite Sporting, together with sister companies, Sybarite Safaris and Sybarite Cellars donate the sales profit of the following, to The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust and the Big Life Foundation.

•          Sloe & Damson Gin-Vodka;

•          Elephant Gin;

•          Tusker Lager;


"It’s the one English country drink that has never gone out of fashion, probably because it’s so easy to find a palatable version".....palatable versions at Sybarite Cellars....view more



The England and Wales Enclosure Acts of the 17th century, in many ways was responsible for the first history of sloe gin. The Enclosure Acts transformed open common land into individual farmsteads and properties, whereby hedgerows were laid to form a natural fencing.


Blackthorn, amongst other hedging plant varieties, was and still is used today to establish hedgerows due to its dense, spiny branches. The consequences of these new hedgerows were new, bumper crops of sloe berries.


Sloes on their own are notoriously tart and astringent, and country living folk soon learned that the best way to take advantage of these berries, as with so many things in life, was to add alcohol.


It was in the later stages of the 19th century, when more established distilleries began to produce their own sloe gin, when sloe gin’s revival began. But it was the beginning of the 20th century when cocktail bartenders began to take notice - 1920s was Waldorf-Astoria in New York City use sloe gin in the Charlie Chaplin cocktail, and 1960s was the famous sloe gin cocktail The Sloe Gin Fizz popularised.

Drinks & Cocktail Ingredients

Charlie Chaplin



22.5 ml Sloe Gin

22.5 ml Apricot Brandy

22.5 ml Freshly squeezed Lime juice

15 ml    Chilled water (omit if using ice)


How to make:

Shake all ingredients with ice, and fine strain into chilled glass.

Serve in:

Coupe Glass


Apricot wedge


Created and originally served at New York's old Waldorf-Astoria prior to 1920. This recipe is adapted from Albert Stevens Crockett's 1935 The Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book. The drink is named after Sir Charles Spencer 'Charlie' Chaplin (1889-1977), the English slapstick comic actor of the silent film era, who was at the height of his career when this eponymous cocktail was created.


Sloe Gin Fizz



45 ml    Sloe Gin

120 ml  Champagne - Perrier Jouët Grand Brut N.V.

30 ml    Freshly squeezed

5 ml      Sugar syrup


How to make:

Shake sloe gin, sugar syrup and lemon juice without ice, and fine strain into chilled glass.

Top with champagne - add egg white to enhance foam (we prefer without egg white foam)


Serve in:

Highball glass



Lemon slice



This citrusy berry cocktail can be on the dry/tart side of balance, choose the right brand of sloe gin and champagne according to taste - please suggest …Sloe Gin as it’s slightly higher in sugar.


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