Aside from being named in honor of Charlie Chaplin, i’m not too sure what significance he has with the drink. Was he a fan of sloe gin or apricot brandy? This, I suspect, is something we will never know, but I can tell you this – it makes a tasty drink!
Our bar had, somewhat tragically, ran out of sloe gin quite some time ago. My sister and mother make an excellent homemade one from the sloes picked in our hometown, and I was reluctant to buy one when I knew that it was not going to match up to their quality. However, after nearly year I had to bite the bullet and restock. Luckily, Lidl (blessed be Lidl, saviour of the frugal mixologist) have just launched new selection of gins from their Hortus range. I picked up 3 on a trip last week; the classic London Dry Hortus (to replace the Castelgy), the new – I think – Sloe Gin, and the definitely new Rhubarb and Ginger Gin Liqueur that is absolutely to die for.
That, alas, is a post for another day but suffice it to say, if you have a Lidl nearby and want some good gin then you need to stop by and pick up a bottle or two. The Rhubarb and Ginger Gin Liqueur was £11.99(!) and I think the Sloe Gin was £15.99. For those prices, you really can’t go wrong.
Anyhow, back to the cocktail. Having acquired a fresh source of sloe gin, I was eager to try out a new cocktail with it. I flipped through the Bar Bible, and the Charlie Chaplin caught my eye for a two reasons; first, the name (What can I say, I am a simply person) and secondly, the combination of sloe gin, apricot brandy and lime was simply to intriguing to pass up.
Looking back now, an equal ounce of all 3 sounds good, but in reality the lime is a tad too much. I think halving the lime juice would absolutely up the rating to a 5, but as it stands with the acidity I have to rank it a 4. It’s fresh and vibrant, but slightly too sour for what I imagined and wanted the cocktail to be. Still worth a try when you pick up your sloe gin though!
Yeah, I forgot to mention this looks awesome too.
♦ 1 ounce apricot brandy
♦ 1 ounce sloe gin
♦ 1 ounce lime juice
Shake all the ingredients together and – you guessed it – serve in a chilled cocktail glass!