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Mixed Berry Sour

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As I’m sure many of you have noticed by now, I love creating new spins on classic and well-known recipes in the world of mixology. Sometimes all you need is a few tweaks to transform a classic recipe into something completely new. The Mixed Berry Sour isn’t just your regular sour; it’s a berry-filled twist on the classic, boasting a unique blend of flavors that work together flawlessly.

So, let’s dive in and explore what makes the Mixed Berry Sour a must-try for cocktail enthusiasts.

Before we delve into the specifics of the Mixed Berry Sour, let’s understand its roots. A traditional sour cocktail is a simple yet elegant mix typically comprising three key components: a spirit, a sour element (usually lemon or lime juice), and a sweetener. The beauty of a sour lies in its balance – the sharpness of the citrus perfectly cutting through the spirit’s potency, while the sweetener adds a smooth finish. Each element of a sour cocktail plays a vital role, similar to the foundations of most classic recipes!

Now, let’s talk about how the Mixed Berry Sour takes this classic formula and elevates it with a burst of berry goodness and floral notes. Our base spirit here is no ordinary gin, but hibiscus berry gin. Infused with the tangy, slightly tart flavor of hibiscus and the sweet, mellow notes of berries, this gin really sets things into play with its complex profile. The hibiscus lends a cranberry-like tartness, while the berries bring in a natural sweetness and depth. There aren’t many options out there for flavored gin in comparison to other spirits like vodka, but this particular variation goes onto complement the existing herbal and floral notes that gin has always been known for.

Moving onto the sweetener, we’re continuing to take a new turn with blueberry lavender syrup. Blueberries offer a sweet, earthy flavor that’s unmistakable, while lavender adds a lovely, floral aroma that’s both pleasant and calming. This blueberry lavender syrup not only acts as the sweetener in the recipe, but also continues to add flavor! The lavender’s subtle herby notes create a beautiful contrast to the blueberries’ sweetness, an ideal duo.

And of course, it wouldn’t be a sour cocktail without some citrus and in this recipe I went with zesty lemon juice. Just like in any cocktail recipe, the lemon juice is meant to cut through the sweetness and round out the spice that can come from the spirit. In this case, the acidity of the lemon juice also highlights the gin’s botanicals, making the cocktail more dynamic. I also went ahead and gave the cocktail mixture a few dashes of grapefruit bitters to further enhance the citrusy notes already within the drink!

Egg white in cocktails is like magic – it doesn’t add flavor but transforms the drink into a velvety, frothy delight. It melds all the flavors together and adds a luxurious mouthfeel. In my opinion, the egg white in this recipe really acts as the icing on the cake.

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

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Step 2: Add ice into the shaker and give it another shake to chill.

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Step 3: Strain the mixture into a coupe glass and garnish.

Not only is the Mixed Berry Sour a delicious treat to indulge in but it’s absolutely stunning! The cocktail boasts a stunning color palette, thanks to the hibiscus berry gin and blueberry lavender syrup. It’s a visual treat – a gradient of deep berry hues.

The Mixed Berry Sour is a beautiful blend of sweet, tart, floral, and citrus notes, each sip bringing a new layer of flavor. Give this one a go!

 

Mixed Berry Sour

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Instructions

  1. Step 1 – Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Dry shake (no ice) vigorously until mixture is foamy.
  2. Step 2 – Add ice into the shaker and give it another shake to chill.
  3. Step 3 – Strain the mixture into a coupe glass and garnish.
Tags: Gin, Citrusy, Fruity, Sweet

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