Bowie Knife
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Bowie Knife
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The Bowie Knife cocktail pays homage to the legendary American frontiersman and knife designer, Jim Bowie. This cocktail is a classic gin sour, with a perfect balance of tart and ... more The Bowie Knife cocktail pays homage to the legendary American frontiersman and knife designer, Jim Bowie. This cocktail is a classic gin sour, with a perfect balance of tart and sweet flavors. The combination of fresh lemon juice, sugar syrup, and gin creates a refreshing and zesty drink that is perfect for any occasion. The lemon juice adds a bright and citrusy note while the sugar syrup provides a touch of sweetness. With a base spirit of gin, the Bowie Knife has a distinct herbal and juniper flavor, making it a perfect choice for gin lovers. This cocktail is a must-try for anyone looking for a classic and refined drink.
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Lemon
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16% | 1.2 units *

Whisky glass

Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

The Bowie Knife is a sharp, refined cocktail that balances the tartness of lemon juice with the sweetness of sugar syrup, all enhanced by the distinct botanical notes of gin. It’s a classic choice that exemplifies the elegance of simple, well-executed mixes.

Method
How to make a Bowie Knife

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Fill a shaker with ice and then add the sugar syrup, gin and lemon juice and shake well
Pour in the sparkling rosé and strain into a glass with ice
Garnish with a lemon twist and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Shake  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  ·  Twist  · 

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FAQ's

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

How do I properly shake a Bowie Knife cocktail?

To properly shake a Bowie Knife cocktail, first fill a shaker with ice. Add the lemon juice, sugar syrup, and gin to the shaker. Secure the lid or shaker tin tightly, then shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds or until the outside of the shaker feels cold. This ensures that the ingredients are well chilled and mixed, giving the cocktail a smooth texture.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the best way to serve a Bowie Knife cocktail?

The best way to serve a Bowie Knife cocktail is in a whisky glass with a large ice cube or several small cubes. Pour the shaken mixture over the ice. This method enhances the flavor and keeps the drink cold longer, providing a refreshing experience. Optionally, a lemon twist or zest can be used as garnish for an aromatic finish.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute another spirit for gin in a Bowie Knife cocktail?

Yes, you can substitute another clear spirit for gin in a Bowie Knife cocktail. Vodka is a common substitute if you prefer a less botanical flavor. Another interesting substitute could be white rum for a slightly sweeter and more tropical flavor. However, keep in mind that changing the spirit will significantly alter the flavor profile of the cocktail.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content in a Bowie Knife compare to a standard cocktail?

The Bowie Knife cocktail has an alcohol content of 16%, which is slightly lower than the average for many classic cocktails, which typically range from 20% to 40% alcohol by volume (ABV). This makes the Bowie Knife a more moderate option, suitable for occasions when you prefer a lighter drink.

NON_ALCOHOLIC_VARIATIONS

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Bowie Knife cocktail?

Yes, you can create a non-alcoholic version of the Bowie Knife cocktail by substituting the gin with a non-alcoholic spirit alternative or with more lemon juice and sugar syrup adjusted to taste. Additionally, adding a splash of tonic water or soda water can provide the fizz and complexity often missed in non-alcoholic versions. This provides a refreshing and flavorful drink suitable for those avoiding alcohol.

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