The template for sour cocktails is always following the same principle. A spirit base is mixed with citrus juice and balanced with a sweetener.
For example, a standard Gin Sour includes Gin, fresh lemon juice, and simple syrup. No doubt, this makes an excellent drink. Yes, there's room for more.
Carson Quinn, brand ambassador of Iron Balls Gin, thought up the colorful twist. So, it's no surprise that Iron Balls makes the base of this Pink Gin Sour.
Iron Balls Gin
Iron Balls Gin is a beautifully crafted Gin from Bangkok. The small-batch distillery is located inside the Iron Balls distillery & bar. So, you can have a drink and walk over to the distillery in less than a minute.
The Gin is made from pineapple and coconut wine, distilled and flavored with tropical botanicals like lemon grass, coriander seeds, and Thai basil.
And you don't have to worry about buying a bottle solely for this Pink Gin Sour. A Gin and Tonic made with Iron Balls Gin and Fevertree Mediterranean tonic water garnished with fresh pineapple and basil is a real treat.
The other ingredients of the Pink Gin Sour
The Gin itself creates a beautiful, unique flavor profile, but the addition of Peychaud bitters does some magic.
Peychaud bitters are the reason for the subtle rose color of the drink and lend complexity to the sour cocktail.
Peychaud's are aromatic bitters, just like Angostura bitters. The latter is more popular, and people often wonder what the difference is. So, if you want to know more, check out this comparison of Peychaud's vs. Angostura bitters.
Besides the bitters, you'll need freshly squeezed lemon juice, simple syrup, and a bit of egg white to create that foamy top. That not only adds elegant froth but makes for a smooth mouthfeel.
If you never had egg white in your drink, you're perhaps put off by the thought. -And indeed, raw egg white in cocktails is controversial. But if you use fresh organic eggs, there's nothing to be concerned about.
In case you're still not convinced but want that froth, try aquafaba instead. The chickpea liquid is vegan and creates a nice foam, as well. You can read how it compares to egg white in our Aquafaba vs. eggwhite article.
How to make a Pink Gin Sour
The preparation of this drink is similar to other sour cocktails. However, incorporating egg white requires an extra step. That means you need to dry shake or reverse dry shake to get the perfect foam.
For a dry shake, put all ingredients into your cocktail shaker without ice and start shaking for 15 seconds. This step gives the egg white its beautiful frothy texture.
In a second step, open the cocktail shaker and add ice. Then shake the drink again to chill it.
Strain the Pink Gin Sour into a Coupe or Martini glass and garnish it with Angostura bitters and candied orange or a slice of dried orange.
Substituting the Gin Base
As the recipe particularly asks for fruity Iron Balls Gin, it's pretty hard to find an equivalent substitute. Thus, our recommendation would be to opt for another Asia-inspired Gin.
For instance, Bobby's Gin brings in beautiful notes of lemongrass and cinnamon. Alternatively, you can also try Roku Gin. This one brings in a Japanese touch of cherry blossoms and yuzu fruit.
These two would create a slightly different drink but are great options if you can't get your hands on Iron Balls.
- 1.5 oz Iron Balls Gin
- 0.75 oz Lemon juice
- 0.5 oz Simple syrup
- 0.5 oz Egg white
- 2 dashes Peychaud's bitters
- Angostura bitters (for garnish)
- Candied orange or dried orange (for garnish)
- Chill your glass and set it aside.
- Add all ingredients into your shaker (without ice) and shake for 15 seconds.
- Open the shaker, add ice, and shake again for 10-15 seconds.
- Strain the cocktail into your chilled glass.
- Garnish with Angostura bitters and orange.