Gin and Galliano Liqueur, lemon juice and a little simple syrup. The combo couldn’t be simpler, a nice spin on a Gin Sour, yet the flavors and the beautiful color make for one gorgeous cocktail.
Originally, I combined the gin and Galliano as a Martini, no sugar and only a whisper of lemon. The slight anise flavor of the Galliano is very complimentary to an herbaceous gin. If you were to serve this as a Martini, I would still serve it on the rocks, but that’s just me, I always prefer my Martinis on the rocks.
Shake or Stir a Gin Cocktail?
Why did Bond always ask for his Martini shaken not stirred? Easy, 007 was drinking a Vodka Martini, not a Gin Martini.
Never shake a Gin cocktail, it will aerate the gin giving it a slightly ‘off’ flavor, destroying some of the subtle nuances and changing the flavor profile. Gently stir and you’ll be rewarded with a much more enjoyable cocktail,
You should give both the Gin & Galliano Sour and the Martini version a try. The subtle difference a little sugar makes for an interesting exercise. Cheers.
Here is my recipe for a Gin & Galliano Sour:
Gin & Galliano Sour
- 2 Ounces Gin
- 1/2 Ounce Galliano Liqueur
- 1/2 Ounce Simple Syrup Omit for Martini version
- 1/2 Ounce Lemon Juice Half that for a Martini
- Combine all ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker, stir until ice cold
- Serve on the rocks in an old fashioned glass with a slice of lemon