The Gin Sour is the most basic of cocktail blueprints. With a base of herbaceous gin mingled with lemon juice and sugar, it’s a sweet-tart classic well suited to warm-weather months. Add an egg white and/or soda and it becomes a cooling, spritzy Gin Fizz. Andrew Bohrer’s red-violet, fizz-inspired cocktail, the Crimson and Clover, contains an added layer for the winter season equivalent to a mulled wine snowsuit. By reducing aromatic, spice-infused mulled wine (see recipe for the Smoking Bishop) and adding an equal amount of sugar, this brawny syrup is smoothed over with the addition of silky, creamy egg white.
- 1 1/2 ounces gin
- 1 ounce mulled wine syrup (see Editor's Note below)
- 1/2 ounce lemon juice
- 1 egg white
- Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake without ice.
- Add ice and shake until chilled.
- Strain into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass.
Reduce 1/2 a cup of mulled wine by half and then dissolve 1/4 cup of sugar into the reduction.