This pretty lavender sour is flavored with homemade honey and lavender syrup.
This lavender gin sour is made with gin and citrus. The addition of lavender adds delicious floral flavors to the cocktail.
A gin sour is a great classic cocktail, perfectly balanced with sweet and tart. The tart flavor comes from lemon juice or lime juice. It usually has a foamy head, which is made of egg white (or aquafaba for a vegan alternative). This layer on top can be decorated.
This lavender version brings extra flavor and color to a classic drink. It uses a homemade honey lavender simple syrup which is also used in this lavender martini. The purple color comes from food dye, though you could use butterfly pea blossom for a natural version.
Find the ingredient amounts for this lavender cocktail written in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. Here is a rundown of what you will need.
- Honey lavender simple syrup. It's very easy to make your own honey lavender simple syrup. Just make it ahead of time so it has time to cool. The floral notes of lavender make an amazing addition. The purple color in the syrup comes from food color, though you could use butterfly pea flowers too.
- London Dry Gin. You can use your gin of choice but a London dry gin is a high-quality gin that is infused with botanical flavors through re-distillation. The main flavor in this gin comes from juniper; no artificial colors or flavors are added.
- Lavender sprigs or use dried culinary lavender buds for garnish.
- Fresh lemon juice - Use fresh lemon juice, not bottled. A little lemon is added to cut the sweetness.
- Egg white. This gives the drink a layer of white foam on top. As they are raw egg whites, it's best to use pasteurized eggs. If you are allergic to eggs or vegan, this can be swapped for aquafaba. This is the liquid from garbanzo beans.
- Ice cubes
See the recipe card for quantities.
- A cocktail shaker or a tall jar with a lid + a strainer
- Coupe glass or martini glass
Before you begin this gin cocktail, make the lavender syrup first so it is cooled to room temperature before use.
Once the syrup is ready, fill a coupe glass with ice and set this aside to chill while you make the cocktail.
To a cocktail shaker, add the gin, lavender syrup, lemon juice and egg white.
Add on the lid and shake for 15 seconds. This is called a 'dry shake' and it mixes in the egg white better.
Add in fresh ice and give the mixture a second shake until it is thoroughly chilled.
Remove the ice from the coupe glass, then strain the drink into the chilled cocktail glass.
Decorate the top of the foam with lavender buds.
Serve and enjoy!
- Lime instead of lemon. Swap the lemon twist for fresh lime juice. Though they have similar flavor profiles, lime will still bring different hints of citrus. If you leave out the egg white too then this drink will be more of a gimlet not a gin sour.
- Other flavors. Use the same method for blueberry syrup with other berries too, like rosemary syrup or raspberry syrup.
- Add a sugar rim. The rim of the glass can be coated in sugar for a little something extra. Run a lemon or lime wedge along the edge of the glass, then dip the glass in a little plate of sugar. Add a bit of light lavender spiciness to the sugar by rubbing some lavender blossoms in it first.
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- 2 oz (60ml) London Dry Gin
- 1 ½ oz (45ml) Lavender Honey Simple Syrup
- 1 oz (30ml) Fresh Lemon Juice
- ½ egg white (or ½oz unsalted aquafaba)
- Fill a coupe glass with ice.
- Add gin, lavender syrup, lemon juice, and egg white to a cocktail shaker. Add on the lid and shake vigorously for 15 seconds.
- Add ice and shake the mixture until it is thoroughly chilled.
- Remove the ice from the coupe glass, then strain the drink into the chilled glass.
- Serve with fresh lavender blossom.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 219Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 30mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 0gSugar: 20gProtein: 2g