Gin Sour Cocktail Drink

Gin Sour

Want a refreshing cocktail? Try this Gin Sour recipe! It’s loaded with fresh flavors and is super easy to put together.

Gin Sour Recipe

Embrace the crispness of fall with this simple Gin Sour recipe! Crafted with Gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup, this tangy cocktail is an autumnal delight.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

2 minutes

Servings:

1

Calories:

220 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Gin
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ oz simple syrup
  • 2 dashes lemon bitters, optional
  • 1 egg white, optional
  • Cherry and lemon zest twist, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Shaker
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Fine strainer
  • Old Fashioned Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill an old fashioned glass with ice cubes. Give it a stir to chill it and set it aside.
  • Add Egg White (optional): crack open an egg, separate white from yolk and pour the white into the shaker.
  • Add Bitters (optional): Pour 2 dashes of lemon bitters into the shaker.
  • Add Lemon Juice: Measure and pour 1 oz fresh lemon juice into the shaker.
  • Add Simple Syrup: Add ¾ oz simple syrup to the mix.
  • Add Gin: Pour 2 oz Gin into the shaker.
  • Dry Shake (only if using egg white): Close the shaker and shake it for about 15-20 seconds, without ice.
  • Shake with Ice: Fill the shaker with ice. Close it well and shake the ingredients vigorously for about 15 seconds.
  • Strain: Take the Old Fashioned glass and use the cocktail strainer to remove any excess water inside. Using the fine strainer, strain the mixture into the ice filled glass.
  • Garnish: Express the lemon zest on top of the glass (you can either discard it after or place it on the rim of the glass for an added citrus touch) and add a cherry if you like.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: Any type of gin will work for this recipe: feel free to experiment with your favorite bottles! If you don’t have any Gin, vodka can be a good substitute. It will give you a different flavor profile, but it's still delicious (see “Whisky Sour” article for more inspirations and details about the Sour drinks family).
  • Lemon Juice: Bottled lemon juice can work in a pinch if fresh lemons aren't available. Just remember that fresh is always best! Otherwise, fresh lime juice is also a good option.
  • Simple Syrup: If you're out of simple syrup, you can make your own by dissolving equal parts sugar and water over low heat. Alternatively, agave nectar or honey can be used as natural sweeteners.
  • Lemon bitters: you can experiment with any kind of bitters you like (grapefruit works really well too, for example) or simply ditch the bitters altogether.

Making a Pitcher of Gin Sour:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of Gin, 8 oz of lemon juice, and 6 oz of simple syrup.
  • Mix: Combine the Gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a large pitcher. Add ice and stir well.
  • Serve: Strain to remove the ice, serve immediately into ice-filled old fashioned glasses and garnish with lemon zests twists and/or cherries. If you have some leftovers, be sure to keep them in the fridge (make sure no ice cubes are left inside) in an airtight container. Serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gin Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic gin substitute; these are available and reasonably mimic Gin's botanicals. You can also use fruit juices such as apple, pear, or white grape juice.
  • Lemon bitters: To get the citrusy touch brought by the Lemon bitter, you can slightly muddle a lemon zest into the shaker/mixing glass before adding the rest of the ingredients. Also, note that 2 dashes of bitters in an otherwise alcohol-free drink won’t raise the overall ABV of the drink. The drink will indeed chemically contain a drop of alcohol, but won’t make you intoxicated at all. Depending on your reason for not drinking alcohol, this can also be a suitable option.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Simple Syrup: Ensure your simple syrup is made with white, preferably organic sugar. Brown sugar and other sugars are often processed using bone char, which is not vegan. Alternatively, use agave nectar, which is naturally vegan, as a sweetener.
  • Egg white: if you want to make your cocktail foamy, you can use ½ ounce of aquafaba (chickpea water) to replace the egg white. Follow all the steps, as aquafaba also needs to be shaken twice to make a proper foam.
  • Garnish: Be sure to use vegan-friendly garnishes. Some maraschino cherries are colored with cochineal (a type of insect), so look for brands that don't use animal products.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
220
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
63
mg
3
%
Carbohydrates
 
19
g
6
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
17
g
19
%
Potassium
 
93
mg
3
%
Protein
 
3
g
6
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Vitamin A
 
2
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
11
mg
13
%
Calcium
 
7
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%

 

Gin Sour Cocktail Drink

Gin Sour Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Embrace the crispness of fall with this simple Gin Sour recipe! Crafted with Gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup, this tangy cocktail is an autumnal delight.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 220

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Gin
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ oz simple syrup
  • 2 dashes lemon bitters - optional
  • 1 egg white - optional
  • Cherry and lemon zest twist - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Shaker
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Fine strainer
  • Old Fashioned Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill an old fashioned glass with ice cubes. Give it a stir to chill it and set it aside.
  • Add Egg White (optional): crack open an egg, separate white from yolk and pour the white into the shaker.
  • Add Bitters (optional): Pour 2 dashes of lemon bitters into the shaker.
  • Add Lemon Juice: Measure and pour 1 oz fresh lemon juice into the shaker.
  • Add Simple Syrup: Add ¾ oz simple syrup to the mix.
  • Add Gin: Pour 2 oz Gin into the shaker.
  • Dry Shake (only if using egg white): Close the shaker and shake it for about 15-20 seconds, without ice.
  • Shake with Ice: Fill the shaker with ice. Close it well and shake the ingredients vigorously for about 15 seconds.
  • Strain: Take the Old Fashioned glass and use the cocktail strainer to remove any excess water inside. Using the fine strainer, strain the mixture into the ice filled glass.
  • Garnish: Express the lemon zest on top of the glass (you can either discard it after or place it on the rim of the glass for an added citrus touch) and add a cherry if you like.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: Any type of gin will work for this recipe: feel free to experiment with your favorite bottles! If you don’t have any Gin, vodka can be a good substitute. It will give you a different flavor profile, but it's still delicious (see “Whisky Sour” article for more inspirations and details about the Sour drinks family).
  • Lemon Juice: Bottled lemon juice can work in a pinch if fresh lemons aren't available. Just remember that fresh is always best! Otherwise, fresh lime juice is also a good option.
  • Simple Syrup: If you're out of simple syrup, you can make your own by dissolving equal parts sugar and water over low heat. Alternatively, agave nectar or honey can be used as natural sweeteners.
  • Lemon bitters: you can experiment with any kind of bitters you like (grapefruit works really well too, for example) or simply ditch the bitters altogether.

Making a Pitcher of Gin Sour:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of Gin, 8 oz of lemon juice, and 6 oz of simple syrup.
  • Mix: Combine the Gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a large pitcher. Add ice and stir well.
  • Serve: Strain to remove the ice, serve immediately into ice-filled old fashioned glasses and garnish with lemon zests twists and/or cherries. If you have some leftovers, be sure to keep them in the fridge (make sure no ice cubes are left inside) in an airtight container. Serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gin Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic gin substitute; these are available and reasonably mimic Gin's botanicals. You can also use fruit juices such as apple, pear, or white grape juice.
  • Lemon bitters: To get the citrusy touch brought by the Lemon bitter, you can slightly muddle a lemon zest into the shaker/mixing glass before adding the rest of the ingredients. Also, note that 2 dashes of bitters in an otherwise alcohol-free drink won’t raise the overall ABV of the drink. The drink will indeed chemically contain a drop of alcohol, but won’t make you intoxicated at all. Depending on your reason for not drinking alcohol, this can also be a suitable option.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Simple Syrup: Ensure your simple syrup is made with white, preferably organic sugar. Brown sugar and other sugars are often processed using bone char, which is not vegan. Alternatively, use agave nectar, which is naturally vegan, as a sweetener.
  • Egg white: if you want to make your cocktail foamy, you can use ½ ounce of aquafaba (chickpea water) to replace the egg white. Follow all the steps, as aquafaba also needs to be shaken twice to make a proper foam.
  • Garnish: Be sure to use vegan-friendly garnishes. Some maraschino cherries are colored with cochineal (a type of insect), so look for brands that don't use animal products.

What is a Gin Sour?

A Gin Sour is a gin-based classic cocktail made of Gin, lemon juice, and sugar. This drink is relatively easy to make as it only requires three essential ingredients and simple mixing techniques. The Gin Sour belongs to the sour family of cocktails, characterized by their balance of sweet and sour flavors. It’s an exciting variant of the well-known Whiskey Sour, simply replacing whiskey with Gin.

A side shot of a Gin Sour cockail in an old fashioned glass on a wooden board placed on a yellow table surrounded by a shaker, a bar spoon, a brown cloth and a bowl with lemon wedges

What is a Gin Sour made of – The ingredients

The following ingredients are necessary for a Gin Sour:

  • Gin: The primary spirit in the cocktail, providing a botanical flavor base.
  • Lemon Juice: Adds acidity and brightness to balance the Gin’s strong taste.
  • Simple Syrup: Sweetens the drink, counteracting the tartness of the lemon juice.
  • Egg White: Creates a frothy texture and smooth mouthfeel when shaken with other ingredients.
  • Lemon Bitters (optional): A few dashes enhance complexity and add depth to the flavor profile.

Gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, lemon bitters. egg and lime laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Gin Sour?

Learn the method of creating a Gin Sour with our straightforward guide:

1
<p>Fill an Old Fashioned glass with ice cubes.</p>

Fill an Old Fashioned glass with ice cubes.

2
<p>Crack one fresh egg white into the shaker. This step is optional: the egg white will give your Gin Sour a frothy, creamy texture that is a signature of this cocktail but won’t change the taste.</p>

Crack one fresh egg white into the shaker. This step is optional: the egg white will give your Gin Sour a frothy, creamy texture that is a signature of this cocktail but won’t change the taste.

3
<p>Pour 2 dashes of Lemon bitters into the shaker. This step is optional as well depending on your taste preference.</p>

Pour 2 dashes of Lemon bitters into the shaker. This step is optional as well depending on your taste preference.

4
<p>Then, sweeten the cocktail by adding ¾ ounce of simple syrup in the mix. This will help to mellow out the tartness of the lemon juice.</p>

Then, sweeten the cocktail by adding ¾ ounce of simple syrup in the mix. This will help to mellow out the tartness of the lemon juice.

5
<p>Add 1 ounce of fresh lemon juice to the shaker. The sourness of the lemon juice will balance out the strong, botanical flavor of the Gin.</p>

Add 1 ounce of fresh lemon juice to the shaker. The sourness of the lemon juice will balance out the strong, botanical flavor of the Gin.

6
<p>Finally, pour 2 ounces of Gin into the shaker. The Gin is the show's star in this cocktail, so choose a high-quality brand you enjoy.</p>

Finally, pour 2 ounces of Gin into the shaker. The Gin is the show's star in this cocktail, so choose a high-quality brand you enjoy.

7
<p>Secure the lid and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds. This will mix all the ingredients and you should see some foam has started to form on the surface of the drink.</p>

Secure the lid and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds. This will mix all the ingredients and you should see some foam has started to form on the surface of the drink.

8
<p>Fill the shaker with ice cubes.</p>

Fill the shaker with ice cubes.

9
<p>Secure the lid again and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds. This will chill the drink.</p>

Secure the lid again and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds. This will chill the drink.

10
<p>Using the fine strainer, strain the mixture over the ice (this will ensure no shards of ice or citrus pulp goes into your drink, leaving only a smooth and clean cocktail).</p>

Using the fine strainer, strain the mixture over the ice (this will ensure no shards of ice or citrus pulp goes into your drink, leaving only a smooth and clean cocktail).

11
<p>Express the lemon zest on top of the glass (you can either discard it after or place it on the rim of the glass for an added lemon touch) and add a cherry if you like. The essences in the lemon peel will give your cocktail a fresh, citrusy smell while the cherry makes your drink look more appealing and adds a hint of fruity flavor.</p>

Express the lemon zest on top of the glass (you can either discard it after or place it on the rim of the glass for an added lemon touch) and add a cherry if you like. The essences in the lemon peel will give your cocktail a fresh, citrusy smell while the cherry makes your drink look more appealing and adds a hint of fruity flavor.

Gin Sour Variations

While there is not shortage of Gin Sour Variations, we specifically recommend one of these:

Tom Collins: Mix gin with lemon juice, simple syrup, and club soda. It’s refreshing and fizzy, perfect for a warm day. The bubbles from the club soda make it light and lively.

White Lady: Blend gin with lemon juice and triple sec. The triple sec adds a sweet orange flavor, creating a smooth and elegant drink. I love how the citrus flavors come together, making it balanced and classy.

Aviation: Combine gin with maraschino liqueur, crème de violette, and lemon juice. The maraschino liqueur brings a cherry-almond taste, while the crème de violette adds a light floral note and a pale purple color. The mix creates a unique and beautiful drink with a complex flavor.

French 75: Mix gin with lemon juice, simple syrup, and champagne. The champagne adds bubbles, making it a sparkling and elegant drink. It’s a great choice for celebrations.

Bee’s Knees: Combine gin with lemon juice and honey. The honey adds a rich, smooth sweetness that goes well with the tart lemon, making a naturally sweet and fragrant drink. I enjoy the natural sweetness from the honey, making it a charming and comforting choice.

Clover Club: Blend gin with lemon juice, raspberry syrup, and egg white. The raspberry syrup gives it a fruity sweetness, and the egg white makes it smooth and frothy. The combination is both pretty and delicious, making it a memorable and enjoyable choice.

History and Origin of the Gin Sour

The Gin Sour cocktail, a delightful blend of Gin, lemon juice, and sugar, is a twist on the classic Whisky Sour.

The first recorded mention of the Gin Sour comes from an 1862 guidebook called “How to Mix Drinks or The Bon Vivant’s Companion” by Jerry Thomas. This book, often considered the first American severe cocktail manual, included a recipe for the Gin Sour. It was simple: Gin, lemon juice, and sugar, shaken and strained into a glass.

A gin Sour cocktail, shot from above, in an old fashioned glass on a beige surface surrounded by Gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, sugar cubes, lemon bitters. egg and lime

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Gin Sour?
A standard Gin Sour contains approximately 200 calories. However, this can vary depending on the specific ingredients used and their quantities.
How strong is a Gin Sour?
The strength of a Gin Sour typically falls around 17-20% ABV (Alcohol By Volume), which translates to 34-40 proof. This makes it a moderately strong cocktail but more potent than straight spirits.
What type of alcohol is used in a Gin Sour?
As the name suggests, Gin is the primary alcohol used in a Gin Sour. The choice of Gin can significantly influence the drink's flavor profile, so feel free to experiment with different brands and styles.
In what kind of glass is a Gin Sour served?
Traditionally, a Gin Sour is served in an old-fashioned or rock glass. These glasses are short and wide, allowing plenty of room for ice (and foam, if using egg white) and easy sipping.
What does a Gin Sour taste like?
A Gin Sour offers a delightful balance of sweet and sour flavors. The Gin provides a botanical backdrop; the lemon juice adds tartness, and the simple syrup brings sweetness. The result is a refreshing cocktail with depth and complexity.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Gin Sour?
The classic ratio for a Gin Sour is 2:1:¾ - two parts gin, one part lemon juice, and ¾ part simple syrup. This ratio ensures that neither the sweetness nor the sourness overpowers the other, creating a harmonious blend.
How is a Gin Sour served with ice?
A Gin Sour is typically served "on the rocks," meaning over ice cubes. After shaking the ingredients with ice to chill and dilute them, you strain the cocktail into your glass filled with fresh ice.
Is there any specific type of Gin I should use for a Gin Sour?
While there's no hard and fast rule about which Gin to use, many people prefer a London Dry Gin for its crisp, clean flavor that pairs well with the sourness of the lemon. However, any type of gin (fruity, spicy, botanical…) can be used for this recipe, so don’t be shy and feel free to experiment!

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