If you’ve ever been to the mixers section of the grocery store you’ve seen sour mix. Maybe you’ve even purchased it and made whiskey sours at home. Well NO MORE, my friends! We can overcome this, together.
Because, see, throwing sour mix out the window and replacing it with equal parts citrus (lemon or lime) and 1:1 simple syrup … it’s what’s going to make your drinks memorable. And healthier. And delicious-er. And fresher.
A simple whiskey sour is an important, if not necessary, for a home bartender’s repertoire. And a little fresh grapefruit juice? A deft switch to bourbon? Well, your home bar customers will be ordering another round.
Grapefruit Bourbon Sour
(makes 1, but easily scales for two)
1.5 oz. bourbon
1 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
.5 oz. lime juice
.5 oz. simple syrup
Combine ingredients with plenty of ice (don’t be bashful, now) in a cocktail shaker. Give the cocktail a serious shake. Strain into a cocktail glass. (I was naughty in my photo, I didn’t use a proper glass for a sour. Eeek. Shame on me.) Garnish with grapefruit peel.
Also, if you’ve got whiskey, go ahead with that. I’m sure it would be lovely. Vodka? Tequila? Gin? A sour recipe is so simple, it makes a good drink with whatever spirit you have.