Gin Sour

The simplest of the sours.

A direct descendant of punch, the basic sour forms the template for a host of modern drinks. First mentions of the sour, made from a base spirit, citrus, sugar and water and served neat in a small bar glass, can be traced to the mid-19th century. The name—a reference to the citrus component—is a bit misleading, as the drink can be quite sweet, but this version strikes a dry and citrusy balance between gin and lemon juice. Some versions add an egg white for a frothier version, like in the Whiskey Sour, which is arguably the most iconic of the sour family.


Serving: 1

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 3/4 ounce lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup (1:1, sugar:water)

Garnish: lemon peel

  1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add ice and shake until chilled.
  3. Strain into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with a lemon peel.

Tagged: gin, sour