1 oz grenadine
1 oz Triple Sec
1 oz sloe gin
1 oz light cream
Preparation: Pour the grenadine, Triple Sec, sloe gin and cream, in that order, into a cordial glass.
General Comments: This is a difficult one to judge. It's ABV is around 15%, which makes it perhaps a little on the weak side for a shooter cocktail. On the other hand, mix it in too large a quantity (the photo above uses twice as much as the recipe I've given) and it's almost impossible to avoid feeling that you're just drinking cream, at least for the first few mouthfuls. I reckon - and this is yet untried - that the recipe I've given is the right amount.
Assuming the volume issue can be dealt with, this is delicious cocktail. It tastes, not surprisingly, a great deal like its namesake, all fruit and cream and loveliness. It's certainly another drink to file under "is this really alcoholic?" The cream makes me suspect that one very quickly reaches the point where you decide you've had enough, but in moderation, it's very nice. It also gets points for a nice look, and for reminding me of the desserts of my youth. This might strengthen the impression that this entire exercise can be boiled down to the variables of "sweetness" and "nostalgia", but I don't think a writer should shy away from their biases, so long as they recognise them for what they are.