A simple sour with a modern twist. The Dirty Blonde has a number of appearances, but this one has a refreshing taste. The drink is easy to make and enjoy at any time of year and you will find that both the Lillet and Elderflower Liqueur are often featured in many contemporary concoctions.

Dirty Blonde (M)
Dirty Blonde (F)

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This drink is a typical sour – measure carefully to ensure that you balance with sweet with the lemon. The website You Say Tomato provided this recipe and the direction “The key here is to make sure everything is frosty cold. Keep your glasses and alcohol in the freezer for half an hour before serving. If you want to make the cocktail ahead of time (an hour or so), make it and keep it in the freezer in a glass jug.”

The Recipe

What you need

1 oz Gin
1 oz Lemon Juice (fresh)
1 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
1 oz Lillet

What you do

Chill the serving glass
ADD all ingredients into shaker with ice
SHAKE and FINE STRAIN into serving glass

Garnish: Lemon twist
Serve: Coupe or Sour
Style: Aperitif
Taste: Light, lemony

Patrick (Paddy) Moore

Patrick (Paddy) Moore is the author of the series Quarantinis, Eh? featuring cocktails that commemorate the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020-2021.

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