If you’re a fan of Gin and sours drinks, this is the cocktail recipe for you. The Gin Sour is super simple to make and tastes delicious. Let’s get right into how to make it!
What does a gin sour taste like?
If you’re familiar with any drinks in the Sours category, like the Vodka Sour or Whiskey Sour, then this drink is right up your alley. The sour mix perfectly blends the bitter flavor of lemon with a sugary sweet mixer.
Top it off with your favorite Gin to get a delicious botanical flavored cocktail.
Sours mix or homemade?
You can buy a premade sours mix, if you like. Your drink will still be delicious. However, if you want more control of the sweet and sour ratio, you can easily make your own.
All you need to make your own sours mix is some lemon juice (or lime juice) and simple syrup. The mixture ratio is typically .75:1 or 3/4 oz simple syrup to 1 ounce of lemon juice. If you want it a little sweeter or a little more sour, you can adjust the ratio to your taste.
When to make them?
The Gin Sour is a great party mixer. It’s also perfect for sitting back at the end of a long week and sip it while you relax by yourself. The citrus bite lends itself to a backyard barbecue or friendly gettogether. You can also make this drink by the pitcher, as well.
What gin is best to use?
We prefer to use Bombay Sapphire for any of our Gin cocktails, like the Gin & Tonic, Gin Rickey, or even our Gin & Tonic Pops. However, the choice of liquor is really a personal and subjective area. We just want to emphasize the higher quality the Gin, the smoother, and better tasting your cocktail will be.
How do you make it from scratch?
This cocktail is really easy to make. In fact, as we mentioned above, you don’t have to buy a sours mix. You can make this completely from scratch.
You just need to get started is:
Rocks glasses (this is the set we use personally)
Jigger (we use the jigger from this set)
(optional): maraschino cherries and an egg white
Get all your ingredients together and start making your drink.
Fill your old fashioned or rocks glass with ice.
Fill shaker with ice.
Pour your lemon juice, simple syrup, and gin to your shaker. You can also add an optional egg white.
Place the lid on your shaker and shake until the outside frosts over.
Replace the lid of your shaker with a strainer and pour the mixture over the ice in your glass.
Garnish the outside of your drink with a couple maraschino cherries on a skewer.
There are several alternate versions of the Gin Sour you can make by just adding or substituting an ingredient or two.
Use the same recipe from above and just add in a dash of your favorite bitters.
Top your Gin Sour off with a bit of soda water and give it a bubbly, or fizzy, flavor.
French 75 or Diamond Fizz
Using the Gin Fizz recipe above, replace the soda water with sparkling wine instead.
Add in an egg yolk to get a golden fizz.
Turn your Gin Fizz green with a little crème de menthe.
Add an entire egg, yolk and white, to your Gin Fizz.
On the flipside of the Golden Fizz, use an egg white instead of a yolk to make a Silver Fizz.
- Rocks glass
- bar spoon
- 1 4” drink skewer
- (Optional) Mixing tumbler
- 2 oz gin
- 1 oz lemon juice
- ¾ oz simple syrup
- 3 maraschino cherries garnish
- Fill rocks glass with ice
- Add in 2 oz of gin
- Add 1 oz of lemon juice
- Top off with ¾ oz simple syrup
- Stir gently with bar spoon
- Garnish with 3 cherries on 4” drink skewer