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Gin Sour Cocktail

Classic Gin Sour

We already wrote about the Whiskey Sour which is the best known representative of the sour family. Sours are simple when it comes to the recipe but really tasty and a true classic. The base is always the same: take some Liquor, lemon juice and simple syrup. That’s it, you get a beautiful and refreshing drink – in this case a beautiful Gin Sour.

One problem with simple recipes is that there’s not much room for errors. You need to stick to the recipe, have great ingredients and execute perfectly. Don’t worry, you’ll manage it. Once you nailed your first Gin Sour you can also experiment with different kinds and types of Gin. That’s the beautiful side effect of simple recipes, change one ingredient and you change the whole drink.


  • 2 oz Gin
  • 34 oz Fresh lemon juice
  • 1⁄2 oz Simple syrup
  • 1⁄2 egg white (optional)
  • lemon wedge as garnish


Add all ingredients (except the garnish) into a shaker and shake it for 30 seconds. This will help the egg white of build the beautiful foam. If you don’t like egg white you can start with the next step.

Put ice in the shaker and shake (again). Give it a good shake to cool the drink and keep the foam. Strain into a whiskey tumbler or coupe glass with fresh ice. Garnish your drink with a lemon wedge if you want.

Cheers and enjoy your drink!

Which Gin should I use for a Gin Sour?

Gin is the absolute star of this drink. Changing the Gin will dramatically change the taste of the cocktail, so make sure you use a good quality Gin. If you want to start with a more classic Gin you can use a Tanqueray 10, a beautiful classic Gin.

If you want to experiment a bit, try some of the more fancy Gins. You can try Hendricks Gin (cucumber forward), Gvine Gin (grape forward) or anything else that works great with the fresh lemon juice.

With egg white or without

Once again we recommend using egg white. It makes your drink not only look more sophisticated but also adds a wonderful texture to the drink. The only thing you should always keep in mind when using egg white in a drink is that you shake it long enough. If you use it, you want that foam and you only get this from shaking, shaking, shaking.

We know that not everyone loves egg white in a drink and that people complain about the “smell” of egg white. But neither does it smell bad (if you use fresh eggs!) nor did we ever get sick by a drinking a cocktail with egg white. I bet once you tried it, you’ll love it!

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