The Story Behind The Gin Sour

Getting your friends to consume raw eggs is no easy feat. But it’s a necessary one for anyone hoping to usher their nearest and dearest into the world of gorgeous cocktails. Egg whites not only bring together flavors; they also give a cocktail that silky texture. This beautiful gin sour was concocted during an evening in which I was convincing friends – successfully – of the benefits of the egg white. The Aperol in this cocktail doubles as a sweetener, allowing us to skip the simple syrup while also bringing forward slightly different citrus notes to give the libation more character. To finish off, we added a few drops of aromatic bitters on top of the egg white foam, to add aroma to the cocktail as the foam dissipates.


  • 1.5 ounces gin
  • ½ ounce Aperol
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 egg white
  • Lemon wheel (garnish)
  • 3 drops aromatic bitters (garnish)
  • 1 cup ice


  1. Combine all ingredients into a shaker
  2. Shake hard for 1 minute to emulsify contents
  3. Strain into separate vessel and remove ice; then replace liquid ingredients
  4. Shake hard again for 1 minute without any ice
  5. Strain into coupe glass
  6. Garnish with lemon wheel and aromatic bitters

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Updated: 2019-05-06

Gin Sour Recipe