The Gin Sour is a classic cocktail made from gin, lemon and sugar. It comes from the sour family of drink recipes, which includes the whiskey sour and the amaretto sour. There are almost an infinite number of sour recipes, and the basic formula is: liqueur + a lot of lemon juice + a little sugar to take away the spiciness of the lemon.
In other words, sours are basically a liquor that is paired with lemonade. But you don’t have to make the lemonade beforehand, because the combination of sugar and lemon takes care of that.
This is an old school cocktail, which means that the taste of the liquor matters. The quality of the gin varies a lot, and for this one it is worth using a “top shelf” brand.
Tanqueray 10 is a great choice for such a lemony cocktail. Hendricks and Bombay Sapphire will work just fine too. While freshly squeezed lemon is ideal, it’s much less important than the gin, and having only bottled lemon juice on hand won’t harm the taste.
If this recipe reminds you of a Tom Collins, there’s a good reason – it’s very similar, except that Tom Collins adds lemonade. This is a bit of a flat gin lemonade while the Tom Collins is a gin fizzy lemonade.
This is an easy cocktail to make, and you can make it in bulk too if you have friends dropping by. It’s strong enough to serve over ice as well. Or keeping a jug of it in the refrigerator and serving in chilled glasses will keep it cold without watering it down.
Gin lovers can make this cocktail their new favorite because it has such a straightforward gin and citrus taste. It’s great for parties, but it’s just as good for relaxing at home. And it’s absolutely perfect for enjoying by the water.
Yield: 1 drink
Gin sour drink recipe
The Gin Sour is another cocktail from the Sour family, which also includes the Whiskey Sour and the Amaretto Sour. This is an old school cocktail which means that it’s really about the taste of the liquor.
- Half fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
- Pour in all the ingredients.
- Shake until it cools.
- Strain the mixture into a sour glass.
- Garnish with an orange wheel and a maraschino cherry.
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