This Winter Citrus Sour uses grapefruit and lemon to make a bright and refreshing gin sour winter cocktail. This recipe is for those of the ages 21+.
While we were in Asheville, we sat in this small craft brewery called Blue Ghost. In the winter I’m a Porter and Stout type of gal. Yet, the tender pushed me over a sample of their Dry-Hopped Kettle Sour Beer. Within seconds my palette for the season changed. While this was the best sour beer I’ve tried, it also created a craving in me for lip puckering winter citrus cocktails. Often people think grapefruits and lemons are summer time fruits, their peak season though, is right now! Lucky me, right?
Since we’ve been home from this trip, I’ve been working on putting together a sour cocktail that left your jaw with that nice tingle but didn’t over power your palette. Thus I created this Winter Citrus Sour made with subtle gin for a lovely tart and floral sip. You could put this cocktail somewhere between a Greyhound and Paloma. The goal with this cocktail was to create something you could serve chilled but not on ice. With the recent snowpocalypse in Houston, the last thing any of us want to do is hold a glass of ice.
Winter Citrus Cocktail Recipe
This cocktail is easy and quick to make. Which I rather enjoy for these chiller months. I use fresh squeezed grapefruit juice and lemon juice. 1/2 a large grapefruit and 1 large lemon rendered me the right amount of juice for this drink. However, if your citrus feels too firm when you roll it across the counter, consider doubling the amount of fruit you’re using to acquire the juice.
To serve this sour cocktail I strain it into two 5.5 oz coupe glasses. These are the exact ones I use and enjoy for small sippers. You can, if you wish, strain it into a martini glass or if you wish to double the recipe it will fit perfectly into a rocks glass as well.
This Winter Citrus Sour uses grapefruit and lemon to make a bright and refreshing gin sour winter cocktail.
- 2 ounces Gin (Beefeater, Hadley & Sons, Brazos)
- 2 ounces Fresh Grapefruit Juice (1/2 Large Grapefruit)
- 1 ounce Fresh Lemon Juice (1 Large Lemon)
- 1/2 ounce Cointreau
- 1/2 ounce Simple Syrup
- Lemon Rind Rose (optional)
Into a cocktail shaker add your Gin, grapefruit, lemon, Cointreau, and simple syrup. Give it a quick shake of 5 seconds and strain into two coupe glasses. Garnish with rolled lemon rind rose.
*Yes, we are shaking gin. This is a citrus forward drink that needs to be bound together with the gin to be well balanced. If this was a liquor forward drink we would stir it.
When picking out a gin for this cocktail, I’d keep it low profiled. Something that doesn’t hold that in your face pine flavor. Keep it subtle with a Beefeater, Hadley & Sons, or Brazos. If you aren’t sure what to get, ask someone at your local liquor store!
This drink gets the jaw tingle but also feels like sunshine on a much needed winter day. It’s tart, a tad sweet, and perfectly floral. It hits that sour craving I’ve had perfectly. With it’s blush color it also doesn’t make too shabby of a Valentine’s Day Cocktail!
What have you been craving lately? Has it been citrus like me? Give me all the details down below!