The Gin Sour Recipe

The Gin Sour is a classic pre-dinner aperitif.

Whenever I’m hosting friends, I love to serve up a round of Gin Sours, and they never fail to impress. In this blog post, I’ll show you how to make a Gin Sour, from choosing the best bottle of gin to balancing the sweetness and sourness of the cocktail.

You’ll find that the Gin Sour, along with a number of other cocktails can be made with the essential bottles we recommend in our guide for for stocking a basic home bar for just $150.

The Sour itself is one of the oldest drinks in the cocktail world.

It is said to have originated in the late 18th century and is thought to be a derivative of the Whiskey Sour. It was popularized in the early 19th century during prohibition and has since been adapted to include other spirits such as gin. The Sour has since become a popular aperitif and is enjoyed all over the world.

What are some variations of the Sour?

There are many variations of the Sour to fit different tastes and preferences. For example, the Daiquiri Sour swaps out the gin for rum and adds a bit of maraschino liqueur. Another popular variation is the Margarita Sour, which adds triple sec and lime juice to the classic Gin Sour. There are also new, fun variations such as the Elderflower Sour, Raspberry Sour and Mojito Sour.

What You’ll Need

To make the Gin Sour, you’ll need the following ingredients and equipment:

  • 2 parts gin
  • 1 part citrus juice (we recommend lemon)
  • 0.5 part simple syrup
  • 0.5 part egg white
  • Tumbler or Frozen Stemware (for serving)
  • Lemon twist and/or slice (for garnish)
  • Big ice cubes (for tumbler, none needed for frozen stemware)

Step-by-Step Method

To make the perfect Gin Sour, follow these steps:

  1. In a shaker, combine your gin, citrus juice, simple syrup, and egg white.
  2. Blitz or shake without ice.
  3. Pour the mixture over big ice cubes in a tumbler (no ice needed for a frozen stemware).
  4. Garnish with a lemon twist or slice.

Tips for Getting the Best Taste

To make sure your Gin Sour comes out just the way you want it, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • It’s important to choose a good quality gin for your Gin Sour. Look for a bottle of gin with a light, floral flavor.
  • When selecting your citrus juice, make sure to get fresh, high-quality lemon juice. Avoid using pre-made lemon juice
  • The simple syrup in this drink is key to achieving the perfect balance of sweetness and sourness. Use a store-bought version or make your own simple syrup by heating equal parts sugar and water on the stove.

Enjoy Your Gin Sour

Now you know how to make a perfectly balanced Gin Sour. Garnish with a lemon twist or slice and serve to your guests. Enjoy!


Making the perfect Gin Sour doesn’t have to be a difficult task. All you need is some high-quality gin, citrus juice, simple syrup, and egg white. Using fresh ingredients and following the steps outlined above will help you get the best results.

Serve your Gin Sour to guests and enjoy!