Union Jack
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Union Jack
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The Union Jack cocktail is a vibrant mix that celebrates the richness of gin in two distinct forms. At its core is the classic juniper flavor of gin, complemented by ... more The Union Jack cocktail is a vibrant mix that celebrates the richness of gin in two distinct forms. At its core is the classic juniper flavor of gin, complemented by the sweet, plummy depth of sloe gin—a red liqueur made from gin and sloe drupes. The addition of a touch of grenadine syrup contributes a slight fruitiness and lends the drink its namesake colors, reminiscent of the hues found in the British flag. Served in a stylish cocktail glass, the Union Jack offers a bold, British-inspired experience that combines the botanical complexity of gin with the tart sweetness of its sloe cousin, resulting in a layered and visually appealing beverage.
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37.89% | 3.6 units *

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Ingredients

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Method
How to make a Union Jack

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add a shot of gin, a dash of grenadine and two shots of sloe gin to a cocktail shaker with ice
Shake well, strain into a chilled cocktail glass and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Dash  ·  Shake  ·  Strain  · 

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FAQ's

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

What is sloe gin and how does it differ from regular gin in the Union Jack cocktail?

Sloe gin is a red liqueur made with gin and sloe (blackthorn) berries, which are small fruits related to the plum. It has a sweet flavor profile compared to regular gin, which is typically more herbal. In the Union Jack cocktail, sloe gin adds a fruity sweetness and deeper color, contrasting with the sharper, botanical flavors of traditional gin.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of the Union Jack compare to other classic cocktails?

With an alcohol content of 37.89%, the Union Jack has a relatively high alcohol concentration compared to many classic cocktails, which often fall in the range of 15% to 30% alcohol by volume (ABV). This makes it a stronger choice, akin to neat spirits or other high-proof cocktails.

GARNISHING_TIPS

What are some suitable garnishing tips for the Union Jack cocktail to enhance its presentation?

Given the Union Jack’s rich red hue from sloe gin and grenadine, a lemon twist or a cherry can add a bright color contrast and aromatic appeal. Additionally, a sprig of mint could provide a fresh, green accent and a pleasant scent, complementing the fruity and herbal flavors.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the best way to serve a Union Jack to preserve its flavors and appearance?

The Union Jack should be served in a chilled cocktail glass to maintain its cold temperature and crisp taste. Since it's shaken, not stirred, this process aerates the mixture, resulting in a pleasing texture. Serve immediately after shaking with ice, straining into the glass to exclude ice shards and ensure a smooth serve.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute anything for sloe gin if I can't find it for making a Union Jack cocktail?

If sloe gin is unavailable, a good substitution can be a berry-flavored liqueur or even a blackberry brandy, though these might be sweeter or less tart than sloe gin. Adjust the quantity of grenadine accordingly to prevent the cocktail from becoming too sweet.

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