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Classic Gin Sour Recipe

Written by MasterClass

Last updated: Mar 24, 2020 • 1 min read

The Gin Sour is a classic mixed drink consisting of gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. The "sour" in the name is a reference to the lemon juice, but the simple syrup in this recipe balances out the flavor nicely to ensure that it still has the ideal amount of sweetness.

Sours are a family of cocktails that contain liquor, lemon or lime juice, and a sweetener. Gin Sours often include an egg white, which is used in sour cocktails to produce a thicker, frothier drink.



Gin Sour Cocktail Recipe

1 cocktail
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min


  • 2 ounces gin
  • ¾ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ ounce simple syrup
  • ½ ounce egg white
  • Maraschino cherry, for garnish
  • Lemon slice, for garnish
  1. Combine the first 4 ingredients in a cocktail shaker without ice cubes and shake well for at least 15 seconds. This technique is known as a "dry shake" and allows the egg white to mix better with the other ingredients, and helps create a frothier consistency for your finished cocktail.
  2. Add ice cubes to the cocktail shaker and shake well again, this time until chilled.
  3. Strain into an ice-filled cocktail glass, rocks glass, or coupe glass.
  4. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and a slice of lemon. For an even more elegant look, try making a spiral lemon twist.

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