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Friday 10 August 2012

The boy and his poison: The Wibble

August marks the annual Summer family pilgrimage to smile, patiently nod, endure overly charred barbecue food and fend off the usual grandchildren/marriage/house related questions they always taunt me with. However, it also marks the yearly handing over of the family sloe gin.

Since my folks moved to the South West they've taken to all sorts of cliched outdoor pursuits but by far the most intriguing is sloe picking and sloe gin making. There's so much to do with the drink but my personal favourite cocktail to let it shine is the Wibble… how can you not to love a cocktail designed to 'make you wobble but not fall down'. Grapefruit and blackberries fight out the sugar and sour, with the sloes giving it that undefinable flavour that makes it so moreish.   So grab yourself a bottle of sloe gin and some grapefruit juice and get Wibbling.

You'll need: 
  • 25ml gin 
  • 25ml sloe gin 
  • 25ml grapefruit juice 
  • 10ml fresh lemon juice
  • 10ml Cassis/Chambord 
  • Orange twist  
Make it: 
  • Add all your ingredients to an ice filled shaker 
  • Shake till chilled 
  • Strain into a martini or coupe glass 
  • Garnish with an orange twist


  1. OMG this is my most favourite cocktail. And do you know the sad thing about it? I've only drunk it once!

    Severnshed in Bristol do excellent cocktails and it was there I tried a wibble last year, and haven't found another place that does it so well since.

    I may need to go on a search for a cocktail shaker now, my mouth is watering...

  2. Ooh just noticed a small twist though...SS's version has creme de mure instead of cassis. I think I'll have to try both


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