This pretty raspberry gin sour cocktail is flavored with homemade raspberry syrup and lemon. This fun twist brings a delicious sweetness and tang to the drink.
It's a pink drink that's perfect for valentine’s day
A gin sour is a great classic cocktail, perfectly balanced with sweet and tart. The 'sour' element comes from lemon 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.
Find the ingredient amounts for this raspberry sour written in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. Here is a rundown of what you will need.
- Raspberry simple syrup. It's very easy to make your own sweet raspberry simple syrup. Just make the sugar syrup ahead of time so it has time to cool. It gives the most beautiful pink color. You could try an elderflower version too!
- Good London Dry Gin. This is a high-quality gin that is infused with botanical flavors through re-distillation. The main flavor in this gin comes from juniper and there are no artifical colors or flavors added.
- Lemon juice. Use fresh lemon juice, not bottled.
- Egg whites. This gives the drink a layer of 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.
- 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
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, raspberry 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 ice and shake the mixture again 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 pinkish-white foam with a drizzle of raspberry syrup, or serve with a toothpick speared with fresh raspberries.
- Lime instead of lemon. Swap the lemon juice 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 berries. The same method for raspberry syrup can be used with other berries too.
- 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.
- Swap the gin for vodka and make a raspberry vodka sour.
More cocktail recipes
For more delicious cocktails, try these recipes
- Raspberry mint martini
- Espresso white Russian
- The Perfect Aperol Sour
- Grapefruit Gimlet
- Ginger Beer Paloma
- 60ml / 2oz London Dry Gin
- 45ml / 1 ½ oz Raspberry Simple Syrup
- 30ml / 1oz Fresh Lemon Juice
- ½ egg white (or ½oz unsalted aquafaba)
- Fill a coupe glass with ice.
- To a cocktail shaker, add gin, raspberry syrup, lemon juice and egg white. Add on the lid and shake vigorously for 15 seconds.
- Add in ice and shake the mixture again until it is thoroughly chilled. Remove the ice from the coupe glass, then strain the drink into the chilled glass.
- Decorate the top of the foam with a drizzle of raspberry syrup, or serve with a toothpick speared with fresh raspberries.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 174Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 56mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 4g