Sour

Browse through our collection of Sour Cocktail Recipes and find your favorite.

Sours are cocktails that have citrus as a central element. They consist of a base spirit, citrus juice, and sugar. The citrus is typically lime or lemon, but some sours have grapefruit or orange as their citrus component. The sugar component can come from either sugar syrup or a liqueur, which determines what sour subcategory the cocktail belongs to: Simple Sour or Complex Sour.

Simples Sours have sugar syrup as their sweetener. The syrup can be flavored, but many of the classic Simple Sours use Simple Syrup. Some of the most iconic Cocktails in this subcategory are Whiskey Sour and Daiquiri.

Complex Sours have a liqueur or a mix of syrup and liqueur as their sweetener. Some of the notable classic Complex Sour Cocktails are Margarita, Cosmopolitan and Clover Club.

Another typical ingredient found in many sours is Egg White. Egg White creates the iconic foam found on many classic sour cocktails. The foam creates a creamy texture and the protein in the egg whites helps round off the acidity from the citrus, giving it a less sharp and more mellow expression.

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Margarita Negra Cocktail
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Margarita Negra

Margarita Negra is a refreshing yet complex coffee Halloween cocktail that is easy to make and perfect for your next Halloween party.

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Last Word Cocktail
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Last Word

This is an official IBA cocktail that is strong in both proof and taste. With equal parts of Gin, Green Chartreuse, Maraschino Liqueur and Lime Juice, the perfect balance is reached in this all-time classic.

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Bramble Cocktail
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Bramble

Bramble is a wonderful spring or summer cocktail, made with Gin, Lemon, Syrup, and the French blackberry liqueur Crème de Mûre. Refreshing blackberry taste, and a perfect balance of sweet and sour.

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Amaretto Sour Cocktail
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Amaretto Sour

An amazing cocktail that adds the taste of marzipan and almond to a classic sour. Made with Bourbon, Lemon, Simple Syrup and the Italian Liqueur Amaretto. Perfect with dessert or as an afternoon delight.

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Naked and Famous Cocktail
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Naked and Famous

An official IBA cocktail that combines equal parts of Mezcal, Yellow Chartreuse, Aperol and Lime. These powerful ingredients come together in this masterpiece of a cocktail, creating perfect balance.

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