Gin Basil Sour

This recipe uses Sour Mix as a substitute for lemon juice and homemade blanched basil syrup. It's a flavor power horse and very fast to mix =)
The recipe is a riff on an existing recipe with different ingredients.


  • 60 ml
    clockers Gin (Gin)
  • 30 ml
    green basil syrup homemade (basil syrup)
  • 30 ml
    sour cocktail mixer homemade (Juices)
how to mix:
  1. Add all ingredients into the shaker.
  2. Shake until chilled and strain into a serving glass, with ice cubes inside.
  3. Add your garnish.

beverage details


bar technique:
Shake, Strain
lime wheel dehydrated


Day Drinking, Herbal and Sour, Modern
Cruise Ship Specials, Holiday Cheer, Summer Picnics
rich Green

aroma chart

  • Alc. Strength
  • Sour
  • Sweetness
  • Herbal
Basil Green, Juniper, Lime
clean, crisp, fresh

detailed mixing instructions

  1. Prepare your garnish.
  2. Prepare your bottle setup.
  3. Chill the serving glass with either crushed ice or ice cubes. Or place it in a fridge or freezer.
  4. Add all ingredients into the shaker.
  5. Add around 6 to 7 ice cubes into the shaker.
  6. Shake for about 30 seconds.
  7. Take the chilled glass out of the fridge/freezer. If you used ice to chill the serving glass, remove everything from the glass.
  8. Strain the mixed liquid into the chilled serving glass with ice cubes inside.
  9. Add your garnish.
  10. Clean up your working station.

mixing tips

mise en place

  • Try to use cold liquids to mix the drink.


  • A chilled glass keeps your drink longer and more enjoyable.


  • Be careful using a sour mix, its concentrated

used homemade ingredients

  • Sour Mix Cocktailmixer

    • 70 gr
      Malic Acid (Dry Goods)
    • 40 gr
      Citric Acid (Dry Goods)
    • 20 gr
      Tartaric Acid (Dry Goods)
    • 10 gr
      Lactic Acid (Dry Goods)
    • 20 gr
      white sugar granulated (Sugar)
    • 10 gr
      Table Salt (Salt)
    • 2200 ml
      cold water (Water)
    to the recipe
  • Improved Blanched Green Basil Syrup

    • 1 kg
      white sugar granulated (Sugar)
    • 1 ltr
      hot water (Water)
    • 10 ml
      Salt Water (20%, Salt) (Water)
    • 20 ml
      Drilling Basil Spirit (liquor)
    • 400 gr
      green basil fresh (Herb)
    to the recipe

editor recipe notes

So, this recipe was born out of less storage capacities. The sour mix was something I just wanted to try out, and because I had a delivery only every two weeks, I could not really use fresh basil. I don’t like to shake and waste so many herbs, so I decided to make a concentrated syrup out of it.

You can unfortuanetly not premix the syrup and sour mix, after several minutes the color changes from freh green to yellow brown. so you have to mix it only on an order.

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  • about : Timo Wessels

    Timo Wessels is a passionate bartender dedicated to improving his bartending skills. His love for beverages extends to spirits, liqueurs, beer, wine, and coffee, and he actively seeks knowledge in these areas. As a certified spirit and beer sommelier, Timo enjoys sharing his expertise and teaching others. Through MyBeverageGuide, his goal is to create a global knowledgebase for bartenders, hobbyists, and producers alike.

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