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Gin Sour

Gin Sour Cocktail from Passion for Cocktails

Sour Gin is so adaptable; The sourness of this Cocktail can be adjusted to create the Cocktail just how you would like it -  to your own taste. 

A unassuming and ingenuous combination of Gin, simple syrup (sugar water) and lemon juice are the prime ingredients for this classic Cocktail. For added sweetness - add more simple syrup; for added sourness increase the lemon juice and for a more powerful 'kick' adjust the Gin. 

What more could you want?


2 shots Dry London Gin
1 shot Freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 shot Simple Sugar syrup
1/2 Fresh egg white
3 dashes of Angostura Bitters

How to make one: 

Place all the ingredents into a Shaker along with cubed ice.  Shake.  Strain into an ice-filled Cocktail Glass.


The origins of the Sour Gin Cocktail can be traced back to the late 19th Century.  Using the incredibly simple formula of Gin, sugar and lemon juice, it can and has been adapted to create all manner of spin-offs of Cocktails.  Adding Soda (carbonated) water adds a sparkle - and is called a "Gin Fizz".  Substituting Vodka for Gin, Triple Sec for simple syrup and lime for lemon - the now classic "Kamikaze" Cocktail was created.  The Sour Gin is a very versatile Cocktail.  If at your party one ingredient is not available or has simply 'run-out', substituting for another, will not ruin the Cocktail, in fact if you are inventive enough, you may have discovered or invented a 'new' Cocktail.


Glassware For This Cocktail

Coupe - Champagne Saucer
This Cocktail glass also known as "The Champagne saucer glass" was first created and used widely in the 1930's. Characterized by a tall stem and wide bowl. The Cocktail drinker's nose inhales the aroma, fragrance and bouquet of the cocktail - be it heady or delicate from the expansive bowl. The Coupe Cocktail glass was the original Champagne glass for literally the first half of the 20th century before the Champagne flute became popular in the 1950's and 1960's and subsequently took over as the glass to drink Champagne.  
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