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.
Amaretto Sour (Difford's)
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Sweet n sour - frothy with an almond buzz. Three dashes (12 drops) of Angostura bitters help balance the drink and add an extra burst of flavour
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The sidecar is a cocktail traditionally made with cognac, orange liqueur (Cointreau, Grand Marnier, Dry Curaçao, or some other triple sec), plus lemon juice. In its ingredients, the drink is perhaps most closely related to the older brandy crusta, which differs both in presentation and in proportions of its components.
Hemingway Special (IBA)
A true Hemingway Special should be served without the addition of sugar. However, Hemingway had a hardened palate and more delicate drinkers may prefer adding some simple syrup.
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For the perfect salt rim, liquidize sea salt to make it finer, then run a lime wedge around the outside edge of the glass before dipping the rim in salt. Rimming only half the glass with salt gives the drinker the option of enjoying the cocktail with or without salt.
Pisco Sour (IBA)
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Traditionally this drink is blended with crushed ice. Be sure to drink it quickly while it's still cold.
Tommy's Margarita (IBA)
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The flavor of agave is king in this simple Margarita, made without the traditional orange liqueur.
Devil's Share (Difford's)
This cocktail is really smooth on the toungue because of the maple syrup. The citrus from the lemon and sugar from the maple syrup give a great sour flavor profile. One of my favorites, mostly because of the maple syrup.
Dopo Cena (Difford's)
Under the white head lies a dessert cocktail with aromatic cherry and marzipan flavours.
Gin Sour (Difford's)
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This 4:2:8 formula is a tad sourer than the classic sour proportions of 3:4:8: three-quarter part of the sour ingredient (lemon juice), one part of the sweet ingredient (sugar syrup) and two parts of the strong ingredient (gin).