Gin Kiwi Sour Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol by volume:18%

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Gin Kiwi Sour is a modern twist on the classic sour cocktails that have been enjoyed for over a century. Sours have been a staple in the cocktail world since the 19th century, originally made with whiskey or brandy. With the rise of gin's popularity, bartenders began experimenting with different fruit flavors to complement its botanical notes.

  • Origins: The sour cocktail family dates back to the 1800s.
  • Popularity: Gin sours became popular in the 20th century.
  • Kiwi Twist: Adding kiwi to the classic sour introduces a fresh, tropical note that appeals to those looking for a unique and refreshing drink.

How Gin Kiwi Sour Tastes?

The Gin Kiwi Sour is a harmonious blend of tart and sweet with a botanical backdrop. The kiwi lends a juicy, tropical sweetness that balances the sharpness of the gin and the acidity of the lemon. It's a refreshing, vibrant, and slightly earthy cocktail that's perfect for sipping on a warm day.

Interesting facts about Gin Kiwi Sour

  • Versatility: The Gin Kiwi Sour can be easily adapted to suit different tastes by adjusting the sweetness or tartness.
  • Health Appeal: Kiwis are rich in vitamins C and K, adding a health-conscious appeal to the cocktail.
  • Gin Pairing: The botanicals in gin, such as juniper, coriander, and citrus peels, complement the kiwi's flavor profile.


  • Gin: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Kiwi: 1 whole
  • Lemon juice: 0.75 oz(23ml)
  • Simple syrup: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Egg white: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Ice cubes: As needed

A few good options for Gin Kiwi Sour are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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  • Why it's used: Gin is the backbone of the cocktail, providing botanical flavors that pair wonderfully with the kiwi.
  • Flavor enhancement: The choice of gin can vary the taste significantly – different botanical blends bring their own touch.
  • Without it?: You'd be missing the spirit – literally! A non-alcoholic version would lack depth.
  • Alternatives: Vodka for a cleaner taste, or tequila for a more adventurous twist.

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  • Why it's used: Kiwi gives a sweet, tart twist that makes the cocktail refreshing and unique.
  • Flavor enhancement: Ripe kiwis will yield the best balance of sweetness and sharpness.
  • Without it?: No kiwi, no party! The cocktail would lose its defining characteristic.
  • Alternatives: Try muddled cucumber for a more vegetal flavor or green apple for a sharper, tangier note.

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Lemon Juice

  • Why it's used: It adds essential acidity, balancing the sweetness of the syrup and kiwi.
  • Flavor enhancement: Fresh lemon juice is crucial for that bright, fresh flavor.
  • Without it?: The cocktail would be flat and overly sweet.
  • Alternatives: Lime juice could work but expect a slightly different tartness.

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Simple Syrup

  • Why it's used: To sweeten the deal – it balances the tartness of the lemon and kiwi.
  • Flavor enhancement: Just the right amount is key; too much and it's cloying, too little and you'll pucker up.
  • Without it?: Would make the Sour too sour unless you have a sweet tooth for punishment.
  • Alternatives: Agave nectar or honey can add different sweet profiles.

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Egg White

  • Why it's used: For silky mouthfeel and a lovely foamy cap that makes the cocktail look as good as it tastes.
  • Flavor enhancement: It doesn't alter the flavor much but does wonders for texture.
  • Without it?: The cocktail would lose that smoothness and visual appeal.
  • Alternatives: Aquafaba (chickpea water) for a vegan alternative.

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Ice Cubes

  • Why they're needed: To chill and dilute, making the drink crisp and refreshing.
  • Without them?: You'd have a warm and overly potent cocktail – not so refreshing.
  • No creative jokes here, just keep it cool!

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Recipe. How to make Gin Kiwi Sour Drink

  1. Muddle the kiwi in a shaker.
  2. Add the gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and egg white.
  3. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously.
  4. Double strain into a chilled coupe glass.
  5. Garnish with a kiwi wheel or a lemon twist.

Pro Tips

  • Chill the Glass: Always serve in a chilled glass to keep the cocktail refreshingly cold.
  • Kiwi Ripeness: Use a ripe kiwi for a sweeter, more flavorful drink.
  • Shake Well: Ensure you shake the cocktail until the shaker feels cold to ensure a frothy egg white top.

Perfect Pairings


  • Prosciutto-wrapped melon: The sweet and salty notes pair nicely with the tangy and sweet flavors of the cocktail.
  • Goat cheese crostini: The creaminess of the goat cheese complements the velvety texture of the sour cocktail.

Main Courses

  • Grilled white fish: The lightness of the fish won't overpower the delicate flavors of the Gin Kiwi Sour.
  • Chicken ceasar salad: The savory and slightly salty flavor of the salad balances the sweetness and acidity of the drink.


  • Lemon tart: The citrus in both the tart and the cocktail can echo and amplify each other's flavors.
  • Pavlova with fresh fruit: Its sweetness and fruitiness will harmonize with the kiwi and gin notes.

Non-Alcoholic Pairings

  • Sparkling water with a splash of lemon: It would cleanse the palate between sips without competing with the cocktail's flavors.
  • Ginger ale: The spiciness of the ginger can contrast and accent the sourness of the drink.

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What you could change in Gin Kiwi Sour

  • Gin: If you don't have a premium gin, try using a London Dry gin for a more traditional flavor.
  • Simple Syrup: Agave syrup or honey can be used as a natural sweetener alternative.
  • Egg White: For a vegan option, aquafaba (chickpea water) can replace the egg white.

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Spicy Gin Kiwi Sour

  • Ingredients: Add a small slice of jalapeño to the shaker.
  • Recipe: Muddle the jalapeño with the kiwi before adding the other ingredients. Follow the original recipe thereafter.
  • Flavor change: This adds a spicy kick that complements the sourness and can warm up the palate.
  • Experience: Expect a cocktail that brings heat and excitement, with each sip delivering a bold contrast of flavors.

Basil Gin Kiwi Sour

  • Ingredients: A few fresh basil leaves.
  • Recipe: Muddle basil leaves with the kiwi. Then proceed as per the original Gin Kiwi Sour recipe.
  • Flavor change: Adds an aromatic, herbal dimension that works beautifully with the fruity, acidic profile of the drink.
  • Experience: It's like a garden party in a glass – refreshing, with layers of complexity brought by the fragrant basil.

Tropical Gin Kiwi Sour

  • Ingredients: Replace lemon juice with pineapple juice.
  • Recipe: Use pineapple juice instead of lemon juice, then follow the original recipe.
  • Flavor change: This gives the cocktail a tropical twist, making it sweeter and more exotic.
  • Experience: Imagine basking in the sun on a tropical island – this cocktail is your one-way ticket to paradise in a glass.

In case you forgot basics how to make Gin Kiwi Sour

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

Learn everything on how to strain

The key to proper muddling is to crush the ingredients just enough to release their flavors and not overdo it. Over-muddling can result in a bitter taste, especially with herbs.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Gin Kiwi Sour

How can I tell if a kiwi is ripe for the Gin Kiwi Sour?

A ripe kiwi should give slightly to pressure and have a fragrant smell. Avoid kiwis that are overly soft or have bruises.

What is the purpose of shaking the cocktail with ice?

Shaking the cocktail with ice chills the drink, dilutes it to the perfect strength, and helps to properly mix and aerate the ingredients for a smooth texture.

Can the Gin Kiwi Sour be made in bulk for parties?

Yes, you can pre-mix the ingredients except for the ice and egg white. When ready to serve, shake individual servings with ice and egg white to create the frothy top.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of this cocktail?

Absolutely! Replace the gin with a non-alcoholic spirit or use a mix of tonic water and a splash of non-alcoholic bitters for a similar flavor profile.

What are the best types of glasses to serve a Gin Kiwi Sour in?

A chilled coupe glass is traditional, but you could also use a martini glass or a rocks glass with ice if you prefer.

How long can I store homemade simple syrup?

Homemade simple syrup can be stored in a clean, airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one month.

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