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Garden Gin Sour

Garden Gin Sour

The Garden Gin Sour is a beautiful and fresh libation made with Empress 1908 Gin, elderflower liqueur, lemon juice, egg white, and topped with a dried flower garnish.

I partnered with Empress 1908 Gin to mix up the Garden Gin Sour recipe! Recipe and ideas are my own.

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The Garden Gin Sour

Gin sours are a labor of love. Shaken to perfection, with a smooth and slightly sweet finish, they’re the kind of drink you want to take your time to make and savor every sip of.

 The Garden Gin Sour incorporates all the best ingredients for a perfectly balanced fusion of flavors. This cocktail includes premium ingredients like Empress 1908 Gin, elderflower liqueur, lemon juice, egg white, and a pretty garnish for a fancy drink that’s ideal for your next special occasion.

Garden Gin Sour

What’s a Gin Sour?

I’m glad you asked! This classic cocktail is typically concocted with gin, lemon juice, egg white, and simple syrup. The perfect balance of sweet and “sour” or rather tart with a smooth texture from the egg white which is also what gives this cocktail that frothy top. A gin sour can be lighter than other kinds of sours making it a fun and fresh serve.

Gin sours may take a lot of shaking, but are 100% worth it! Shake up these delicious ingredients to create the Garden Gin Sour for that special someone or a special occasion.

Garden Gin Sour

Ingredients for the Garden Gin Sour

Here’s what you need to mix the Garden Gin Sour:

  • Empress 1908 Gin: this violet hued gin adds the perfect combination of color and flavor to any cocktail. It’s micro-distilled in small, copper pots with eight botanicals like juniper, coriander, cinnamon, and butterfly pea blossom. 
  • Elderflower liqueur: This subtly sweet floral liqueur is a great addition to this cocktail. For this recipe, I used Fiorente Elderflower Liqueur, but you can also use St-Germain Elderflower for another premium option. If you don’t have elderflower liqueur on hand, try another liqueur like orange liqueur.
  • Simple syrup: balance this Gin Sour by adding in some simple syrup to create a sweeter finish. I make my own at home with water, sugar, and a saucepan, but you can also use a store bought syrup or replace it with agave, honey syrup or maple syrup.
  • Lemon juice: A squeeze of fresh lemon juice can really enhance this cocktail and bring out the flavors from the simple syrup and Empress 1908 Gin.This spirit also has a secret to reveal…with the addition of citrus juice, it turns a pretty magenta color. 
  • Egg white: this is what gives the Gin Sour it’s texture and whipped, frothy top. Make sure to use fresh eggs. An alternate option is to use aquafaba.  
  • Dried flowers, lemon twist: Garnish this gorgeous cocktail with dried, edible flowers. I used butterfly pea flowers and rosebuds.
Garden Gin Sour

Tell Me More About Empress 1908 Gin

Empress 1908 Gin is the perfect addition to this specialty gin sour. It’s a hand-crafted spirit from British Columbia, Canada that’s micro-distilled in small batch copper-pot stills. It includes flavors of eight botanicals: juniper, rose, coriander seed, grapefruit peel, ginger root, cinnamon bark, the Fairmont Empress Blend Tea, and the butterfly pea blossom which is what gives this spirit its all-natural indigo hue. Click here to find out more about how Empress 1908 Gin is made and the story behind the brand!

Try this product for yourself! Find out where you can purchase it here or buy it online here and enjoy this all-natural and gluten-free spirit in the Garden Gin Sour.

Garden Gin Sour

How to Make the Garden Gin Sour

Get your cocktail shakers ready because this Garden Gin Sour should be shaken to perfection for the perfect flavors and texture – sweet, tart, and a frothy finish. 

Start by adding Empress 1908 Gin, elderflower liqueur, simple syrup, lemon juice, and an egg white to a cocktail shaker with a couple of cubes of ice. Shake vigorously until the ice is melted. Then, dry shake (this means to shake with no ice) until the egg white is frothy. Pour into a coupe glass and garnish with dried flowers and a twist of lemon peel. Enjoy!

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Garden Gin Sour

This Garden Gin Sour is made with Empress 1908 Gin, elderflower liqueur, simple syrup, lemon juice, and an egg white for a fancy and refreshing gin cocktail.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Gin Sour
Yield: 1

Equipment

  • Cocktail shaker
  • Coupe Glass

Materials

  • oz Empress 1908 Gin
  • ½ oz elderflower liqueur
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 egg white
  • Garnish: dried flowers, lemon twist

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with a couple cubes of ice. Shake vigorously until the ice is melted.
  • Dry shake (shake with no ice) until egg white is frothy. Pour into a coupe glass.
  • Garnish with dried flowers and a twist of lemon peel.

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