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More Sours, Please: The versatility of gin in classic sour cocktails

Today, we’re diving into the world of classic sour cocktails and exploring gin’s versatile role in these timeless cocktails. From the iconic Gin Sour to lesser-known gems, gin brings its unique botanical profile to elevate these drinks to new heights of flavour and sophistication. 

The Story of Gin

With its botanical complexity and storied past, gin has long been a staple in the world of mixology. Its origins trace back to 17th-century Netherlands, where it was initially crafted for medicinal purposes. However, it wasn’t long before its appeal transcended apothecaries, finding its way into the glasses of socialites and seafarers alike.

Fast-forward to the 19th century, and we witness the emergence of sour cocktails, a category characterised by the balance of sweet, sour, and spirit. Among these classics, the Gin Sour reigns supreme. Simple yet sophisticated, its velvety texture dances on the palate.

At Patient Wolf, we pay homage to this history with our meticulously crafted gin, distilled with native Australian botanicals for a truly unique flavour profile. 

The Gin Sour: A Timeless Classic

The quintessential Gin Sour cocktail is a true crowd-pleaser, balancing the juniper-forward notes of gin with the bright acidity of fresh lemon juice and the subtle sweetness of the simple syrup. It’s a drink that’s as refreshing as it is versatile, making it perfect for any occasion, whether you’re lounging at home or enjoying a night out on the town.

Here’s how to mix up a perfect and easy to make Gin Sour.


  • 45 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 20 ml simple syrup in a shaker filled with ice. 


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake vigorously. 
  3. Strain into a chilled glass. 
  4. Garnish with a lemon twist or a cherry, if desired, and enjoy!

Exploring Variations

Now that you’ve mastered the classic Gin Sour, let’s take a journey into the world of beverage variations. 

One of our favourites is the Melbourne Dry, Rhubarb and Fennel Sour, a sophisticated twist on the classic that adds a layer of depth and complexity with the added tartness of rhubarb. It’s a visually stunning drink that’s sure to impress your guests at your next cocktail party.

Another sour that is a go-to drink for the PW team is the Winemaker’s Sour using our Pinot Noir Gin. The Natural sweetness in our Pinot Gin balances out the tartness from the lemons, add a bit more sugar syrup if you like it on the sweeter side! It’s the perfect choice for those who prefer their cocktails on the drier side, with just the right balance of tartness and sweetness.


  • 60ml Patient Wolf Pinot Noir gin 
  • 20ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 15ml sugar syrup (if you like it on the sweeter side)
  • 20 ml egg white (or Aquafaba)
  • Seedless red grapes for garnish


  1. Add all your ingredients to a cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake hard for 30 seconds until the drink is fluffy.
  3. Add lots of ice and shake hard until chilled.
  4. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a single grape.

Lastly, the cocktail that cannot be missed is the Southside cocktail. This is super refreshing and so easy to make at home, definitely worth keeping in your backpocket come your next dinner party.


  • 50ml Summer Thyme Gin
  • 20ml lemon juice
  • 20ml sugar syrup
  • 5 mint leaves


  1. Add all your ingredients to a cocktail shaker, then add ice.
  2. Shake hard for 30 seconds.
  3. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a single mint leaf.

The Versatility of Gin

What makes gin such a perfect base spirit for sour cocktails? It all comes down to its unique botanical profile. Unlike other spirits like vodka or rum, which are relatively neutral in flavour, gin is infused with various botanicals, including juniper, coriander, citrus peel, and more. This complex flavour profile adds depth and character to cocktails, making them more interesting and dynamic.

Whether you prefer our Melbourne Dry gin with its classic juniper-forward flavour or our more contemporary Summer Thyme Gin with botanicals like lemon and thyme. We’ve got you covered for cocktails next dinner party!

Embracing the Versatility of Gin in Classic Sour Cocktails

Gin is a true powerhouse when it comes to classic sour cocktails. Its unique botanical profile adds depth, complexity, and sophistication to drinks like the Gin Sour, the Southside, and the Winemaker’s Sour, and is sure to make them a favourite among cocktail enthusiasts everywhere.

So, the next time you’re craving a refreshing and flavourful cocktail, reach for your favourite bottle of Patient Wolf gin and shake up something spectacular. Whether you’re a seasoned mixologist or a novice bartender, you can’t go wrong with gin and citrus. If you’re struggling to know what to do with your gin, don’t be shy and reach out and our team would be more than happy to send some recipes and recommendations your way!


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