How to make the perfect Gin Sour cocktail

How to make the perfect Gin Sour cocktail

If you are ever lucky enough to receive one of our (soon to be revealed) Gin Lovers Hamper, then this Gin Sour cocktail recipe – courtesy of Elizabeth Gibbs at The Oxford Magazine – will help you make a classic cocktail that’s sure to hit the spot.


*You can also use half a teaspoon of superfine sugar instead. And you can leave out the egg white for a non-frothy version.


  • Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, with ice cubes, and shake vigorously.
  • Remove the ice, then dry shake again without the ice.
  • Fine strain into glass.

Recipe notes by Elizabeth Gibbs

The sour is a classic family of cocktails that also includes the Margarita and the Daiquiri. As a general rule, sours contain a base liquor, lemon or lime juice, and a sweetener. Occasionally they can contain egg white, as this Gin Sour does to give it more body.

I like my Gin Sour, well, sour. So as a rule-of-thumb, this Gin Sour cocktail recipe follows the 1:2:4 ratio (1 part sweet, 2 parts sour, 4 parts base) for classic sour cocktails, which always results in a very well-balanced sour cocktail.

But do feel free to add more sweetness by increasing the amount of simple syrup and reducing the amount of lemon juice. A ratio of 2:3/4:3/4 (60mls gin, 22.5mls lemon juice and 22.5mls simple syrup) will make a cocktail that many will find more nicely balanced (or less sour).

Add a few dashes of bitters to enhance the flavours of the cocktail (making it a Fitzgerald), or add a soda top up (making it a Gin Fizz).