Pistachio Gin Sour Recipe

Pistachio Gin Sour is your new best friend. Follow these step-by-step instructions for making this fancy AF cocktail. Complete with a frothy foam, it’s a perfect balance of pistachio and lemon, and a slap of sass.

A chef putting finishing touches on a Pistachio Gin Sour for a cocktail recipe.

Dry shaking helps make fancier cocktails. It’s very simple – you shake the ingredients without ice. This gives the drink a smoother texture and helps to emulsify the ingredients. (That’s fancy AF talk for making them play well together). And the proteins from the egg white or aquafaba makes the microfoam that is the classic touch of a gin sour.

Prep Time: <1 min

Cook Time: 1 min

Total Time: 2 min

Skill Level: Super Easy

Servings: One 5 oz. serving


  • Cocktail shaker
  • Shot glass
  • Cocktail strainer (or regular teaspoon)
  • Coupe glass


  • 1 1/2 oz. London-style gin
  • 3 pumps (3/4 oz.) Monin Pistachio Syrup
  • 3/4 oz. Lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz. Dry Curacao
  • 1/2 oz. egg white or aquafaba
  • Ice
  • Lemon peel, or a few shelled, roasted pistachios for garnish (optional)


  1. Using the shot glass, measure the Gin, lemon juice, dry Curacao and egg white (or aquafaba). Add these to the cocktail shaker. 
  2. Add 3 pumps (3/4 oz.) Monin Pistachio Syrup to the cocktail shaker. 
  3. Dry shake the shaker (shake it without ice) for about 10 seconds to emulsify the proteins.
  4. Fill the shaker with ice and shake again for approximately 15 seconds. 
  5. Using the strainer, strain the mixture into your chilled coupe glass. (No strainer? Use a spoon instead!)
  6. Garnish the glass with a curl of lime peel, or top the drink with a few roasted pistachios.
  7. Sip your Pistachio Gin Sour, and enjoy!

Aquafaba is a good liquid protein substitute for egg whites when making drinks. The proteins from the chickpeas works equally well when making a cold  microfoam cocktail.

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