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Gin & Grapefruit Sour

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The Gin & Grapefruit Sour is a cocktail brimming with citrusy goodness! It’s refreshing yet slightly sweet, making it the ideal spring cocktail. I’ve been on a sour cocktail kick lately, but I’ve got to say: this recipe is one of my favorites from this season, so let’s get straight into it!

This cocktail is a gin-based creation, essentially a twist on the classic gin sour, spotlighting gin and grapefruit as the stars of the show. It made perfect sense to incorporate cucumber and grapefruit gin, a spirit that melds the crisp taste of cucumber with the zesty, tangy flavors of grapefruit, all while preserving gin’s botanical richness. This choice beautifully complements the addition of grapefruit juice.

Gin and grapefruit juice pair wonderfully for several reasons, primarily because their flavor profiles complement each other. The tart and slightly bitter taste of grapefruit juice enhances the botanicals in gin, particularly its citrus notes. Using a gin already infused with grapefruit elevates this combination even further.

To balance the tartness from grapefruit and lemon juice, Triple Sec and honey are added to sweeten the mixture. Triple Sec, while an orange liqueur, contributes significant sweetness. Honey, meanwhile, offers natural sweetness and a thicker consistency to the drink.

Enhancing the cocktail’s texture, an egg white is added, lending a silky, cloudy layer to the top while smoothing out the drink’s flavor notes. This addition not only improves the texture but also complements the drink’s vibrant orange-pink hue, creating a visually stunning presentation.

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Step 1: Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker (NO ice) and shake vigorously until mixture is foamy.⁠

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Step 2: Add ice and shake once again until chilled.⁠

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Step 3: Strain the mixture into a coupe glass and garnish with a fresh slice of grapefruit. ⁠

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The Gin & Grapefruit Sour is for the dedicated citrus fans out there who like a bit of zesty edge to their cocktails. Perfect for sunny days and mild spring weather, I can’t wait to mix up another round of these delicious drinks. Try it for yourself at your next gathering. I know it’ll be a hit.

Gin & Grapefruit Sour

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Instructions

  1. Step 1 – Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker (NO ice) and shake vigorously until mixture is foamy.⁠
  2. Step 2 – Add ice and shake once again until chilled.⁠
  3. Step 3 – Strain the mixture into a coupe glass and garnish with a fresh slice of grapefruit. ⁠

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