Gin Sour

A few readers have been asking for some classic gin cocktail recipes to try at home. A gin sour is probably the best (and one of the easiest) places to start. If you’ve been following the blog for a while you’ll notice that I’ve featured Gin Sours under various guises, like the Elderflower Gin Sour and White Lady.


Sours pre-date Prohibition and are described in Jerry Thomas’ 1862 book How to Mix Drinks and are made up of a base spirit (in this case gin), lemon or lime juice and a sweetener  (Margaritas and Sidecars are also members of the sour family). Back in Jerry’s day the gin was Old Tom, but I’m using London Dry.


Ingredients for a Gin Sour

60ml London Dry gin

20ml freshly squeezed lemon juice

20ml simple syrup

1/2 fresh egg white

3 dashes of Angoustura bitters

cherry and a slice of lemon for garnish


Shake all of the ingredients together in an ice-filled shaker until chilled thoroughly. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice and garnish with the cherry and lemon.




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