I love a good Gin sour. Of course, there are more famous members of the Sour cocktail family, like Whiskey Sour or Pisco Sour. But the alternative variations with other base spirits like the Rum Sour or Gin Sour are also a real treat. Here, I’m focusing on Gin as the base spirit and will tell you why this cocktail is a perfect summer drink.
All sour cocktails follow the same recipe. It is base spirit, lemon juice, and simple syrup. This simple mix of ingredients creates a refreshing, sweet, and sour drink. Most of these cocktails also have a thick foam on top that is usually made from raw egg whites. If you would like to have that kind of foam but are not a fan of using raw eggs in your drink, don’t worry, there’s a solution for that. You can use aquafaba instead of egg whites and will get a perfect foam without sacrificing taste.
Which Gin should be used for a Gin Sour?
Gin is the base of this drink, and therefore you should use a quality Gin. Saying this, it doesn’t have to be expensive. You could start with a Beefeater Gin, for instance. This Gin is quite affordable and works great in cocktails. I wrote a detailed comparison on how Beefeater compares to Tanqueray Gin.
To twist the recipe a little, you have two possibilities: Use a flavored syrup or use another Gin. As there are so many Gins on the market, there are plenty of options for you. Basically, you can try any type, from London Dry to New Western. Personally, I like to experiment with more modern Gins. One of my favorites for a Gin Sour is Gvine Gin, a grape forward variation. But Hendricks (cucumber forward), Iron Balls Gin (Pineapple forward), and Bobby’s Gin are great ways to jazz up your Gin Sour recipe.
Pink Gin Sour
By using a colored syrup, you can also change the appearance of a Gin Sour. One way to achieve this and not changing the taste too much is using Butterfly Pea syrup. This dark blue syrup will change color when you add acidic ingredients. And as we use lime juice in the recipe, you will get a bright pink Gin Sour.
Egg white or no egg white in a Gin Sour
For me, every sour should have a foamy top. It just belongs to the drink. If you use fresh, organic eggs, there’s no problem health and taste-wise. Egg white even adds a layer of texture, making your cocktail extra smooth. I highly recommend enjoying your sour cocktails with egg white.
However, in the basic sour recipe, there’s no egg white mentioned. That means the base ingredients of spirit, lemon juice, and syrup are enough to create a Sour of any kind.
- 2 oz Gin
- 0.75 oz Fresh lemon juice
- 0.5 oz Simple syrup
- 1 Egg white (optional)
- Add all ingredients into a shaker without ice and shake it for 20 seconds. That will help the egg white build the beautiful foam. (If you don't like egg white, you can start with the next step)
- Put ice in the shaker and shake again. To properly cool the drink and keep the foam, shake it for around 10 seconds.
- Strain into a whiskey tumbler with fresh ice.
- Garnish your drink with a lemon wedge if you want. Voila, here's your perfect Gin Sour.