Move over, Champagne Supernova. I got goosebumps when I tasted the Supernova Gin Sour. Taking the familiar sour formula of booze, citrus, simple syrup and egg white, this drink adds whole star anise pods and grapefruit bitters to the shaker. The result is haunting: sweet, sour, aromatic and silky, with a dry finish that leaves you wanting the next sip. Just outstanding.
Coming on the heels of last week’s brilliant Fresh Bay Gimlet, this has us mentally raiding our spice cabinet and herb garden to come up with new combinations of our own.
Supernova Gin Sour
2 oz. gin (I used Plymouth, topped off with a little Hendricks when I ran out of that)
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
¾ oz. simple syrup (1:1)
½ oz. fresh egg white (pasteurized, if you like)
1 star anise pod
3 dashes grapefruit bitters
Tools: shaker, strainer
Garnish: another star anise pod
Add all the ingredients to shaker. Dry shake (no ice) for 30 seconds. Add ice. Shake vigorously until well chilled. Strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish.
From Kristin Muri, via Imbibe.