A “Sour” Cocktail is a family of drinks that include a base liquor, citrus and sweetener. This is one of the oldest cocktail families and with a classic and easy to remember ratio of 2 parts to 1 part to 1 part this is one of my favorite beverages to mix and serve at any party.
Gin is alcohol that seems to polarize people. They love it or hate it. I am definitely a lover of gin. A good gin that is. A good gin will be smooth and flavorful, with strong hints of juniper and herbs. Campari is technically a bitter and as it’s family name indicates it tastes bitter. Pairing this bitter liquor with the floral elements of the gin, the crisp lemon juice and the egg white creates an evenly blended and multi-layered drink.
Glass selection is definitely a key element in creating an appealing drink for guests. Cocktails like a good meal are an experience for multiple senses - your vision, your smell and finally your tastebuds. And the first thing your guest will notice about your crafted libation is how it is served. Choosing your glassware is pretty much personal choice as long at your liquid fills the glass nicely. No one wants a drink that looks empty.
Garnishing your beverage is definitely a must-do. Citrus garnishes should be expressed over the glass, releasing the oils over the drink and adding an extra element of flavor and complexity, plus added beauty to your choice of glassware. Berries look lovely when floating frozen in an ice cube or lined up on a skewer positioned across the rim of your coupe.
To egg white or not egg white? You can definitely skip the egg if this is of concern to you, but there is no risk to your health and the fluffy egg whites add texture and assist mellow out the sharper flavors present in the mix. I definitely recommend them.
1 oz Gin
1 oz Campari
¾ oz Lemon Juice
¾ oz Simple Syrup
1 Egg White
Orange Slice for garnish
1. Add Gin, Campari, Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup and ice to the shaker and shake vigorously until the shaker is chilled. Approx. 12 shakes.
2. Strain the liquid ingredients into one of the shakers.
3. Discard the ice.
4. Add the egg white to the liquid ingredients.
5. Shake vigorously for 10 - 12 seconds.
6. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with an orange slice.
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