The Festive Themed Drink Focus: Heston’s Christmas Day Gin Sour
I have decided to bring back the Festive Themed Drink Focus for another run. It’s kicking off with famed molecular gastronomy innovator Heston Blumenthal’s version of the Gin Sour, which (according to his article in the December edition of the Waitrose Kitchen magazine, free to those of us who have a John Lewis Group credit card) is his recommended Christmas Day tipple. His recipe is for 6 people so I have adjusted the measurements to make one drink:
35 ml gin (the recipe specifies the over-priced Heston’s Earl Grey & Lemon Gin from Waitrose, but I used some Beefeater I already had in the cupboard)
Half a lemon, cut into wedges
Dash of Angostura Bitters
20ml ruby port
You shake the gin, bitters and lemon wedges in a shaker with ice, then pour through a strainer into a chilled tumbler. You then, according to the recipe, ‘carefully pour 20g port over the surface of each drink before serving.’ I found that no matter how carefully you pour the port, it sinks to the bottom. This means that your first sip of the drink is unsweetened gin and lemon juice, which is absolutely vile. I gave the drink a stir which made it slightly more palatable but it still wasn’t up to much. Stick to the snail porridge, Heston, this drink is shit.