Not sure about you but we are really happy that it is Friday; it has been a week. To kick off the weekend we are going to talk about Bar Basics, items that your home bar should have. The first item we want to talk about is the Sour Mix. Sour mix is basically equal parts citrus and simple syrup. It is a little sweet and a lot of sour, but, when mixed with the right spirit it creates a fantastic cocktail.
Sours are often thought of as lazy day drinks, think puckery citrus cocktails, margaritas and daiquiris; traditional “vintage” cocktails. The first time we were reintroduced to these traditional sour drinks was with the daiquiri which is a rather sultry drink and especially nice on a hot summer night. Another timeless sour drink is the whiskey sour, and it is perfect served any time of the year. Sours are straightforward and not complicated. You basically need a base spirit, sour mix and an egg white (this is optional).
Most pre-made sour mixes are full of sugar as well as preservatives. After trying a few different sour mixes, we decided to venture into the kitchen to make our own. We tried this recipe a few times using equal parts lemon and lime as well as using kumquats (just imagine juicing all those little guys), it was good but not sour enough. The last few times we used oranges, particularly Seville oranges, and the recipe came out perfect. Slightly sweet and not overly sour, just enough to cut through the sugar. Your homemade sour mix will last for a week in the fridge. If, you don’t plan on using within the week, add a teaspoon of vodka to help preserve the freshness. Warning it is so good it probably won’t last the entire week.
Recipe: Homemade Sour Mix
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup fresh citrus juice: I used 4 limes, 1 meyer lemon and 3 seville oranges
- In a medium saucepan over low heat, add all of the ingredients.
- Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
- Cook for 5 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and let cool.
- Strain to remove any pulp.
- Pour into a sterile bottom.
- Keep in the fridge until ready to use.
- Makes almost 2 cups.
Recipe: Whiskey Sour
* makes two drinks
- 3 ounces whiskey
- 4 ounces sour mix
- handful of ice
- 2 orange wedges
- ice cubes
- In a cocktail shaker add all of the ingredients except for the orange wedge and cherry, in the order listed.
- Pour into a cocktail glass filled with ice.
- Garnish with the orange peel and cherry.