Drink of the Week: Ginger Gin Sour

Gin, lemons, ginger. What’s not to love? Here’s a drink that’s tart and smooth, with a sweet and spicy kick. I used some of the ginger syrup left over from early April’s Lawnmower cocktail; muddled it with basil, gin and lemon juice; tossed  in an egg white; and christened the delicious result a Ginger Gin Sour.

Basil and ginger together? Why yes, Thailand is on to something with that flavour combo.

This short cocktail will help you transition from the stiff sours of winter to the long, gin-lemony drinks of summer.

This short cocktail will help you transition from the stiff sours of winter to the long, lemony gin drinks of summer.

Ginger Gin Sour

  • 2 oz gin
  • 4-5 basil leaves
  • 1 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz ginger syrup*
  • 1 egg white
  • Basil sprig garnish

Method: In the base of a cocktail shaker, muddle basil gently with gin, lemon juice  and ginger syrup. Add egg white and dry shake. Add ice and shake again. Strain into a chilled coupe or an ice-filled rocks glass and garnish with a basil sprig.

*Ginger syrup

  • 1 cup cane sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh ginger, shredded

Method: Bring the sugar and water to a boil over medium heat. Add the ginger and boil for one minute. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Strain the ginger from the syrup. Store in a clean glass jar for up to one month in the refrigerator.

– Ginger syrup recipe by Wade Sirois, Crowbar

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