Gin Sour, Lemon Twist

The Gin Sour

Sure, you the Gin Sour sounds lip puckeringly sour, but it doesn’t have to be. This recipe tempers some of the traditional tartness, to make this cocktail smooth and lemony.

Gin Sour Ingredients
Gin Sour Ingredients – Super Easy!

If you really love lemons – this is the simplest gin drink that harnesses lemon power that you could possibly make. If you hate lemons, pass on this one and try the Gimlet instead. I used a lovely and smooth (and affordable!) London dry by Dingle.

The Gin Sour

A tart and gin forward cocktail that's easy to make, even easier to make to your liking.


  • 2 Oz. Gin
  • .75 Oz. Lemon juice
  • .75 Oz. Simple syrup Make your own!
  • 2 Dashes Angostura bitters Optional!


  • Chill your glass!
  • Combine your ingredients, along with plenty of ice in a mixer.
  • Not surprisingly, shake your mixer.
  • Strain into your coupe glass.
  • Garnish with your sweet or tart garnish of choice. Or just drink.

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What else can you do with the Gin Sour?

You can always make it a frothy cocktail by adding 1 or 2 egg whites to your shaker. The egg whites don’t add any flavor, they simply add that insta-worthy foam to your drink.

You have some options as to how to add foam to your gin sour. You can use a whipped cream shaker with nitrogen cartridges, or you can mix your egg whites in your shaker.

If you are using a whipped cream dispenser, combine some lemon juice, egg white, simple syrup and any flavors you like in the dispenser. Add your nitrogen cartridge, shake it all up, and foam it out.

In the shaker, combine your sour ingredients with 1 or 2 egg whites. DON’T add ice just yet. Give things a “dry” shake, which lets the lack of ice create more foam. Then add your ice and shake a bit more. When you pour the cocktail, you’ll have some nice froth.

Or skip it if the thought of egg whites in your drink is BLECH – which it certainly is for me.

Gin Sour with Lemon Twist
Gin Sour with Lemon Twist

How you can twist up this recipe!

You can add more simple syrup to sweeten things. Adding a sugar rim to your coupe glass is a nice touch, too. You can use dehydrated fruit as a garnish to add intense flavors. Even changing the type of bitter that you use, or ditch the bitters totally.

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