Calling all Aperol lovers! This Aperol Sour Cocktail is a fun cocktail made with gin, Aperol, lemon juice, simple syrup, and an egg white. One sip of this gorgeous drink, and you will want this to be the signature cocktail of your home bar. The best part? It only takes minutes to shake up this show stopping drink at home.
Who doesn't love a pretty cocktail like this Aperol Sour? Not to mention a cocktail so balanced and smooth.
Egg whites are a fun addition to cocktails, they make them creamy and give them the signature layer of foam on top, but don't worry, they don't taste eggy at all. One sip and you will be an egg white cocktail fan forever.
Why you'll love this recipe
✘ It's a smooth sipper. Gin and Aperol are perfect partners. The juniper flavor of the gin smooths out the tart taste of the Aperol.
✘ It's gorgeous. The bright orange color with a creamy layer of foam on top is a showstopper. Not to mention delicious.
✘ It's easy to make. It looks complicated to make, but you don't need any fancy tools to make this tasty cocktail. Grab a mason jar and a jigger, and you have everything you need!
A few ingredient notes:
Lemon Juice: Fresh is the best and a must have for this Aperol sour. It only takes seconds to squeeze your own juice with the help of this reamer.
Simple Syrup: Make your own simple syrup at home or pick it up at your local grocery store next to the other drink mixers.
Egg Whites: You always want to use pasteurized eggs in cocktail recipes to avoid any bacteria from raw eggs. A pasteurized egg is gently heated to kill bacteria but not enough to cook the egg. You can also buy a carton of pasteurized egg whites at your local grocery store, which makes it easy to whip up cocktails quickly without having to separate an egg.
Don't be intimidated by how many steps there are to this cocktail, it's really easy to make!
Start with an empty mason jar and add Aperol, gin and lemon juice.
Next add the simple syrup and egg white. Cover the jar and shake vigorously for 30-60 seconds to mix the cocktail and aerate the egg white (which creates the foam).
Add ice and shake for additional 15-30 seconds to chill the drink. Strain the ice out of the shaker with a slotted spoon.
Pour the cocktail in a coupe glass, garnish with a lemon twist and serve!
A sour is actually a category of mixed drinks that can be made with nearly any spirit, lemon or lime juice, a sweetener, and nearly always include an egg white.
A reverse dry shake is when you shake a cocktail without ice. Then you add ice to chill the drink and shake again before serving. This is commonly done when you are making a sour or any drink with an egg white. Adding water to an egg white immediately reduces the amount of foam that is produced.
Yes, as long as you use eggs (or egg whites) that are pasteurized. Pasteurized eggs have been cooked to 140°F for 3 minutes and are immediately cooled. This process kills the bacteria in an egg making them safe to eat raw. I keep a carton of pasteurized egg whites on hand for making cocktails. You can also buy whole pasteurized eggs and separate them, if you prefer.
Don't be scared by the egg white in cocktails. You don't taste egg at all, but it adds a ton of creaminess and depth to a cocktail. Not to mention the gorgeous foam on top.
Expert tips for the best sour cocktails
✔️ Chill your ingredients. A sour cocktail is made using the reverse dry shake method, so starting with cold ingredients makes your drink chill faster.
✔️ Use fresh lemon juice. The recipe doesn't call for a lot but the freshly squeezed juice adds a much smoother flavor than bottled juice which can be bitter.
✔️ Serve this drink in a coupe glass. The shape is perfect for showing off the layer of foam.
✔️ Shake your drink vigorously for at least 30-60 seconds. Shaking the drink adds air into the egg whites giving you the foamy, creamy layer on the top of the drink.
✔️ Don't forget the garnish. We used a lemon twist to give this drink the perfect finishing touch. It's easy to make a twist with a channel knife.
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- 1½ ounces Aperol
- 1 ounce Gin
- 1 ounce Simple Syrup
- 1 ounce Lemon Juice
- 1 ounce Egg White
- Add Aperol, gin, simple syrup, lemon juice and egg white to an empty mason jar. Cover and shake vigorously for 30-60 seconds.1½ ounces Aperol, 1 ounce Gin, 1 ounce Simple Syrup, 1 ounce Lemon Juice, 1 ounce Egg White
- Remove lid from mason jar and add ice. Shake again for 15-30 seconds to chill the drink.
- Remove ice from jar and pour cocktail into a small coupe glass. Garnish with a lemon twist and serve.
Nutrition info not guaranteed to be accurate.
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