Sloe gin is a gin-based liqueur made with sloes, typically produced in England. A sloe is a plum-like fruit from the blackthorn plant. Vermont liquor stores don't generally carry sloe gin so I picked up a bottle on our most recent trip to Massachusetts.
I went simple on my maiden voyage: a sloe gin and tonic. Not surprisingly, sloe gin is a bit on the sweeter side which pairs nicely with tonic water, taking the edge off of the quinine. I expect we'll be trying sloe gin fizzes soon.