Sour (Generic Name)

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Serve in an

Old-fashioned glass

Garnish:

Lemon slice & Luxardo Maraschino cherry on stick (sail)

How to make:

SHAKE all ingredients with ice and strain into ice-filled glass.

2 fl oz Brandy, whisk(e)y, gin, rum etc.
1 fl oz Lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
1/2 fl oz Sugar syrup (65.0°brix, 2 sugar to 1 water rich syrup)
3 dash Angostura Aromatic Bitters
1/2 fl oz Pasteurised egg white
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Review:

This 4:2:8 formula is a tad sourer than the classic 3:4:8 which translates as: three quarter part of the sour ingredient (lemon juice), one part of the sweet ingredient (sugar syrup) and two parts of the strong ingredient (spirit). So if you find my formula too sour than best follow the classic proportions in future.

History:

Sours are aptly named drinks. Their flavour comes from either lemon or lime juice, which is balanced with sugar.

Sours can be based on practically any spirit but the bourbon based Whiskey Sour is by far the most popular. Many (including us) believe this drink is only properly made when smoothed with a little egg white.

Sours are served either straight-up in a sour glass (rather like a small flute) or on the rocks in an old-fashioned glass. They are traditionally garnished with a cherry and an orange slice, or sometimes a lemon slice.

A detailed history of the Sours family of cocktails is available on our Sours cocktails page.

Nutrition:

One serving of Sour (Generic Name) contains 187 calories.

Alcohol content:

  • 1.4 standard drinks
  • 16.28% alc./vol. (32.56° proof)
  • 19.7 grams of pure alcohol
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