Sours have nothing to do with "sour mix," the neon liquid you get in cocktails at karaoke bars, (which are special in ways other than their ingredients). Sours are a category of drink that hit all the right flavors: boozy, sweet, and tart. They follow a 2:1:1 ratio of two parts spirit, one part sour, one part sweet. Any whiskey will do for this simple shaken classic. A mellow, not-too-smoky blended Scotch does the trick nicely, too.
- 2 ounces whiskey
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 ounce simple syrup (or honey, or agave)
Shake all ingredients with ice until chilled, strain, and serve straight up.
With some spice, pucker, and sweetness, this cocktail is sure to please the whole crowd (or just yourself, if you’re feeling extra-fancy while watching Netflix). The original recipe from the 1930’s called for grenadine instead of raspberry syrup, but we think the fresh berry flavors really complement the rye (make sure you go with a strong, good-quality one).
- 2 ounces rye
- ½ ounce grapefruit juice
- ¼ ounce raspberry syrup
Shake all ingredients together in a shaker with ice. Shake, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a grapefruit twist.