slow gin

Sep. 8th, 2017 12:29 pm
asakiyume: (nevermore)
[personal profile] asakiyume
Actually it's sloe gin, after the dark berries ("her eyes were sloe black") that flavor it, but I've always liked thinking of it as slow gin, moving so leisurely, like this phantasmagoric swan metamorphosing slowly, genie-from-a-bottle style, from? I guess? the still in which the gin was made?

Wakanomori brought this bottle back--full--from England, and I did drink it slowly, in tiny sake cups, but somehow now it's gone! Maybe that means the swan is now free, but I missed its triumphant departure.

pretty label



Image from Edward Gorey's Gashlycrumb Tinies, this version at goreystore.com.

But was it sloe gin, Zillah? And did you see the swan's broad wings and bandit mask? Swans are bastards, I'm told, but if you fling your arms around their long necks, they may still carry you places--especially you so tiny and they so big.

Date: 2017-09-08 05:18 pm (UTC)
shewhomust: (bibendum)
From: [personal profile] shewhomust
Maybe that means the swan is now free,...

What it means is, it's time to pick the sloes to make more! And here's a poem that tells you how to make it (she says 'November', but everything seems to ripen earlier now!

Date: 2017-09-08 06:48 pm (UTC)
pameladean: (Default)
From: [personal profile] pameladean
I used to think a sloe gin fizz was a slow gin fizz and was called that because the gin somehow slowed down the escape of the bubbles of carbon dioxide in the fizzy part. I was actually very disappointed when I discovered the truth once I was old enough to go to bars.

Later on I decided that sloes were very romantic, though honestly the name still makes me think of sloths -- that having been my youthful, never-checked invented etymology -- which are cute but not very romantic.

P.

Date: 2017-09-09 12:25 am (UTC)
pameladean: (Default)
From: [personal profile] pameladean
Invented etymologies are always fun, though I do like it when the real one is even stranger.

Absinthe: Oh yes, so was I! But at least it really is green.

P.

Date: 2017-09-16 06:35 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] khiemtran
I love this! Every etymology should have "more at crocodile"...

Date: 2017-09-09 01:08 am (UTC)
rachelmanija: (Fruit: berries)
From: [personal profile] rachelmanija
But what did it taste like?

Date: 2017-09-09 04:43 am (UTC)
sovay: (PJ Harvey: crow)
From: [personal profile] sovay
Maybe that means the swan is now free, but I missed its triumphant departure.

That means you don't know where the swan is. This could be dangerous.

Date: 2017-09-09 12:00 pm (UTC)
amaebi: (Default)
From: [personal profile] amaebi
A sip player.

Date: 2017-09-09 12:01 pm (UTC)
amaebi: (Default)
From: [personal profile] amaebi
Perhaps because of when and where I tended bar-- Southern Illinois around 1980-- I associate sloe gin with southern mixed drinks and-- by a slide from Southern Comfort-- with Janis Joplin.
Edited Date: 2017-09-09 12:02 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-09-09 01:55 pm (UTC)
missroserose: (Default)
From: [personal profile] missroserose
Zillah was always my favorite of the Gashlycrumb Tinies. If I'd been a Victorian orphan that likely would have been my vice of choice as well!

For as long as I've been aware of sloe gin (I remember reading about it back when I was first of drinking age and working out how to mix cocktails properly), I don't think I've ever actually had it. You couldn't find it at most liquor stores in Alaska, or if you could, it was horrible cheap nasty stuff. So I never tried making any of the classic cocktails that use it.

I remember coming across the term sloe-eyed, and thinking it sounded vaguely racist, possibly because of the similarity to "slant-eyed" as well as the sloe/slow homonymity. Interestingly, when I hear it now I get more of an erotic feel - wide dark eyes making gently (or brazenly) wanton suggestions. Not sure if that's because of the contexts where I've seen it, or how my own perspective has changed.

Date: 2017-09-09 03:25 pm (UTC)
ashlyme: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ashlyme
I'd love to try sloe gin. Watch out for unbottled swans....

Date: 2017-09-10 04:15 am (UTC)
zyzyly: (Default)
From: [personal profile] zyzyly
That's a beautiful label. I have a vague memory of sloe gin from some time in my past, but it is hazy. High School behind the baseball dugouts maybe.

The father of one of my high school friends owned a liquor store, so we got to try just about everything.

Date: 2017-09-12 08:12 pm (UTC)
noachoc: (Default)
From: [personal profile] noachoc
Sloe gin fizzes were, I think, the first mixed drink I ever had. they were delicious.

Chris got my father a bottle of Sipsmith gin (normal gin, not sloe) for his birthday or father's day or something and my dad (who is a Gin Drinker) loves it.

Date: 2017-09-16 06:38 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] khiemtran
You know, I don't think I've ever actually tasted gin... Or if I have, I can't remember what it tastes like.

Date: 2017-09-16 09:15 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] khiemtran
Yes, I don't think I've ever had a G&T. I have had martinis, but they were always vodka ones. It is interesting when you know something culturally really well, but then when you actually taste it, you find out it's quite different from what you expected. I remember the first time I tasted whisky and getting the shock of realising that it tasted nothing like how it smelt.

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