Gin Basil Sour

Difford's Guide
Discerning Drinkers (23 ratings)

Serve in a

Coupe glass

Garnish:

Float basil leaf boat

How to make:

MUDDLE basil in base of shaker. Add other ingredients, SHAKE with ice and strain back into shaker. DRY SHAKE (without ice) to emulsify and fine strain into chilled glass.

12 fresh Basil leaves
2 fl oz Hayman's London Dry Gin
3/4 fl oz Lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
1/3 fl oz Sugar syrup 'rich' (2 sugar to 1 water, 65.0°Brix)
1/2 fl oz Pasteurised egg white or Aquafaba (chickpea water) or 3 dashes Fee Brothers Fee Foam cocktail foamer
3 drop Saline solution 4:1 (20g sea salt to 80g water)
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Hazardous ingredients

Pasteurised egg white is potentially hazardous to those with allergy or intolerance.

Review:

As the name suggests, a basil-flavoured gin sour. Yum.

History:

I'd love to claim credit for this silky riff on Jörg Meyer's contemporary classic Gin Basil Smash, but while the proportions are mine, I've merely reworked Jordan Ajmal's Gin Basil Sours which he added to Difford's Guide as a fellow Discerning Drinker in 2021. Many thanks, Jordan.

When I showed this Gin Basil Sour to Jörg, he reminded me that it's very close to Erik Lorincz's Green Park, created ten years earlier.

Alcohol content:

  • 1.4 standard drinks
  • 18.53% alc./vol. (37.06° proof)
  • 19.9 grams of pure alcohol
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