The Gin Sour is another cocktail from the whole sour family, which includes the Whiskey Sour and Amaretto Sour. There are just about infinite varieties of sour recipes, and the basic formula is: liquor + lots of lemon juice + some sugar to take the edge off the lemon.
This is an old school style of cocktail, which means it’s really all about the flavor of the liquor. Gin quality varies widely, and for this one it’s well worth using a “top shelf” brand. Tanqueray 10 is a nice choice for such a lemony cocktail – Hendrick’s and Bombay Sapphire will work well, too. While fresh squeezed lemon is ideal, it matters a lot less than the gin, and if all you have on hand is bottled lemon juice, it won’t hurt the flavor.
If this recipe is reminding you of a Tom Collins, there’s good reason – it’s very similar, except the Tom Collins adds soda. This is a bit like a flat gin-spiked lemonade where the Tom Collins is a fizzy gin-spiked lemonade.
- 2 ounces gin
- 1 ounce lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon superfine sugar
Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice cubes. Pour in all the ingredients and shake until chilled. Strain the mixture into a sour glass and garnish with an orange wheel and a maraschino cherry.