The SOUR is one of the most basic and prevalent formulas in the cocktail world. There are so many variations it can be a little overwhelming. Recognize the pattern, and you’ll be golden behind any bar.
1 Part Sour
1 Part Sweet
2 Parts Strong
Lets look at the options……
Fresh Lime Juice
Fresh Lemon Juice
St. Augustine Distillery Cane Vodka
St. Augustine Distillery New World Gin
So, there it is. A basic introduction to the quintessential summer classic, the Sour. Experiment with some of the sweets and see what you can come up with. It’s worth noting that when a sour is sweetened with a liqueur instead of a syrup, it is called a Daisy.
If you serve a sour up, it is called a sour, but if you pour it over ice in a rocks glass, it becomes a fix. If you serve it in a highball and top it with soda, it becomes a collins. If you omit the sweetener, then it is a rickey, and if you make a rickey, but replace the soda water with ginger beer, it becomes a buck or mule.
As much as I enjoy making a great drink, the real enjoyment comes from educating people on how to make great cocktails.
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