Mead Sour Anyone? Mix up the Best, Easy and Delicious Mead Cocktail ever!
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Mead Sour Anyone? Mix up the Best, Easy and Delicious Mead Cocktail ever!

This Mead Sour is an excellent twist to the standard Whiskey or Amaretto Sour cocktails. Gin is not my typical ‘go-to’ drink, but the combination of Gin and Mead is delicious. And the best thing about the Mead Sour recipe is that it’s easy to prepare.

Mead Sour
Mead Sour

Mead tastes like a medium sweet wine with a touch of honey. Once opened, the Mead will keep 3 – 6 months refrigerated if sealed.

Mead Sour Ingredients

To mix this great-tasting Mead Sour, of course, you need Mead.

While in Charleston, I went to the Savannah Bee company. The salesperson described several ways to use Mead in a cocktail. Intrigued, I purchased a bottle of Mead and Honey.

Mead Sour Ingredients
Mead Sour Ingredients

Of course, like any good bartender, I had the gin, Grand Marnier, and simple syrup at home.

I continued to browse through the store and the St. Ambrose Draft Style Mead Wild Ginger grabbed my attention. The clear, mild-flavored drink contained a hint of ginger and honey. Nothing like beer; this gluten-free, bubbly beverage reminded me of a slightly sweet sparkling white wine.

Savannah Bee Company Draft Style Mead
Savannah Bee Company Draft Style Mead

Another excellent Mead worth noting is the Moonlight Meadery, Fling Mead. It has an orange blossom honey flavor, along with hints of Rhubarb and Strawberries.

Bar Tools

Martini or cocktail, I find that a good shake makes all the difference in the world. I have at least a dozen shakers, but this one from here is my favorite. It doesn’t leak, the cap will measure from 1/2 to 1.5 ounces, and it is dishwasher safe. You can’t go wrong with this stainless steel cocktail shaker.

OXO Steel Cocktail Shaker
Steel Cocktail Shaker

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How to make a Mead Sour

Pour the gin, Mead, simple syrup, lemon juice, and Grand Marnier into a shaker with ice. Shake a few times and then pour the ingredients into a glass with ice. The lemon juice can be freshly squeezed or from a bottle, but if you are freshly squeezing it, try this lemon squeezer.

Garnish the cocktail with a wedge of orange and a Maraschino cherry.

Mead Sour
Mead Sour

No matter which Mead you choose, the honey flavor will shine through, giving your cocktail that sweet taste of honey. You can’t go wrong with this Mead Sour Cocktail.

If you like this recipe, then I’m sure you’ll love the Ransome Note Martini and the Bourbon Blackberry Mead cocktail!

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Mead Sour Anyone? Mix up the Best, Easy and Delicious Mead Cocktail ever!

Mead Sour

This Mead Sour is a great twist to the standard Whiskey and Amaretto sour cocktails. Gin is not my 'go to' drink, but the combination of the Gin and Mead is delicious, and the best part is it's easy to make.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Cocktail, Drinks, Happy Hour
Cuisine American
Servings 1 Drink


  • 1 Ounce Gin
  • 1 1/2 Ounces Mead
  • 1/2 Ounce Lemon juice
  • 1/2 Ounce Simple syrup
  • 1/2 Ounce Grand Marnier
  • 2×2 Ice Cube Optional
  • 1 Slice Orange
  • 1 Maraschino Cherry


  • Pour Gin, Mead, Lemon juice, Simple syrup and Grand Marnier in a shaker with ice and shake well.
  • Strain and pour the contents of the shaker into a glass over ice. The fancy 2×2 ice cubes are perfect for this cocktail.
  • Add the orange and cherry as garnish.
Keyword Cocktail, Gin, Happy Hour, Mead, Mixed Drinks
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