Frisco Sour

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Garnish:

Lemon zest twist (discarded) & lemon slice wheel & maraschino cherry sail

How to make:

SHAKE all ingredients with ice and strain back into shaker. DRY SHAKE (without ice) and fine strain into ice-filled glass.

1 2/3 fl oz Bourbon whiskey
1/2 fl oz Bénédictine D.O.M.
1/2 fl oz Lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
1/4 fl oz Lime juice (freshly squeezed)
1/4 fl oz Sugar syrup (65.0°brix, 2 sugar to 1 water rich syrup)
2 dash Angostura Aromatic Bitters
1 dash Orange Bitters by Angostura
1/2 fl oz Pasteurised egg white (optional)
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Review:

A bourbon-laced sour with monastic herbal notes.

Variant:

Without egg white &/or served straight-up.

History:

The Frisco Sour started life as a mere Frisco, sans Sour (egg white) in Lucius-Beebe's 1946 The Stock Club Bar Book.
"Frisco Cocktail:
2 oz bourbon
¾ oz Benedictine
twist of lemon peel
Stir and serve in 3oz. cocktail glass.
"

The original Frisco is a tad sweet and is much improved with a dash or two of orange bitters to bolster the lemon oils from the twist. This obviously led a bartender somewhere to add citrus juice. In Stanley M. Jones 1977 Jones' Complete BarGuide he lists the above Frisco but with 2oz bourbon and ½oz Benedictine followed by a sour version:
"Frisco Sour
Sour glass Shake
½ oz lemon juice
¼ oz lime juice
¾ oz Benedictine
1-¼ oz whiskey
¼ tsp sugar
Lemon wedge, lime wheel
"

Once this cocktail morphed into a sour then the addition of egg white was a natural progression, which I believe came in the 1990s when this was a popular cocktail in the London bar scene. That's when I first encountered the Frisco Sour which was by then served on-the-rocks. However, it also works well, as per Jones' recipe, strained into a stemmed sour glass or coupe.

Nutrition:

There are approximately 209 calories in one serving of Frisco Sour.

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