54 On The Run: a damson sour cocktail in a glass

On the Run 54: a damson sour cocktail recipe

A cocktail from June this year to take advantage of the damson gin. This one’s modelled on the crowd pleasing amaretto sour (the recipe from ‘a couple cooks’ is perfect with the balancing addition of bourbon), but with complexity added with a touch of chartreuse and crème de cacao, and went down well as a pre-lunch drink to get things going.

A sour is one of the most common cocktail archetypes, always consisting of a base spirit, citrus and sweetener. The Cocktail Codex classifies all cocktails into 6 varieties. Two of those – daquiris and sidecars, are based on the sour template, and so for them On The Run 54 (and the amaretto sour) would be a kind of daquiri.

I find the “dry shake” technique below never fails to get smooth and creamy egg white foam.

On the Run 54: a damson sour cocktail recipe




A rich, smooth, complex damson gin sour, with subtle herbal and earthy notes from a little yellow chartreuse and crème de cacao.


  • 50ml damson gin

  • 25ml lemon juice

  • 1 tbsp liquid egg white or 1 fresh egg white

  • 1 tsp simple sugar syrup

  • 1 tsp white crème de cacao

  • 1 tsp yellow chartreuse

  • 3 drops Peychaud’s bitters


  • Add all the ingredients except the bitters to a cocktail shaker (without any ice)
  • Shake hard for at least 15 seconds
  • Now add ice
  • Shake again for 30 seconds
  • Pour into your lovely cocktail glass, and add three drops of bitters on top