DrinkWire is Liquor.com’s showcase for the best articles, recipe and reviews from the web’s top writers and bloggers. In this post, Boxes and Booze offers up a complex variation on the Sloe Gin Fizz.


Traveling these days can be so stressful. It’s nice to bring a few luxuries with you, and that’s always been the case. In the Edo period of ancient Japan, travelers and merchants would carry a few luxuries and valuables in cleverly hidden compartments of their wooden travel pillow. Here’s a modern day recreation of these historical headrests, complete with a few of its own secret compartments. Let’s sip on something sleepy and equally luxuriant to compliment this travel pillow. This one comes via star mixologist Joaquin Simo, one of the opening bartenders from New York’s innovative Death & Company who has done his share of traveling, including to receive the Best American Bartender of the Year award at Tales of the Cocktail in 2012. I’ve featured his creations before, including the iconic “Naked and Famous”. Here, in his “Pillow Talk”, he serves up a complex variation on the Sloe Gin Fizz, another classic I have featured here before. In this version, fresh grapefruit adds a sweet zing and the unique Crème Yvette layers a subtle scent of lavender into the mix. Cue the jazz, dim the lights, and get cozy. Cheers!


Pillow Talk by JOAQUÍN SIMÓ, Death & Co.

  • 1.5 ounces Beefeater 24 Gin
  • .25 ounce Plymouth Sloe Gin
  • .25 ounce Crème Yvette
  • .75 ounce Grapefruit Juice
  • .5 teaspoon Vanilla Syrup
  • Sparkling Rosé

Shake together with ice and strain into a champagne flute. Top with the sparkling wine and whisper sweet nothings all night long.


For more about this puzzling pillow see:

Boxes and Booze: Pillows and Potions

For the Naked and Famous cocktail:

For the Sloe Gin Fizz: Sloe Down