When Life Gives You Lemons

When Life Gives You Lemons

When Life Gives You Lemons

We are all feeling this way at the moment, and because the lemons are so lovely now, and in the same springy theme, I give you a refreshing, sassy, and springy gin sour! If you leave the egg white out of the cocktail, then you have what’s called a “daisy,” which is essentially a sour without the egg white (a popular cocktail of this genre is one you will know about – the margarita).


  • 2 oz gin
  • ¾ oz lemon juice
  • ½ oz crème de cassis (if you don’t have this, then a raspberry liqueur like Chambord would be a lovely substitute, or Grand Marnier for a hint of orange)
  • ¼ oz simple syrup (1:1 white sugar to water, made as per the instructions for the ginger syrup, but just with sugar and water)
  • 5 drops FPJ Cranberry Bitters
  • 1 egg white (may be omitted)
  • Fresh blackberries, black currants or a lemon twist


Combine liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker with NO ICE; dry shake, to emulsify the egg white. Add ice, and shake again to chill the contents. Strain into a cocktail glass or a coupe. Garnish with fresh berries if available, or a lemon twist.


*A few notes on alcohol consumption: these cocktails are strong, and they should be consumed in moderation; one serving of spirits is 1 ½ oz, so the Quarantini is actually the equivalent of 2 drinks; a good rule of thumb is to have a glass of water for every alcoholic beverage. Cheers!

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