Confessions of a Mixologist: Eastern Sour

Give this unconventional bourbon cocktail a try. The key ingredient in this drink is Orgeat syrup, a sweet and nutty syrup familiar to Tiki devotees like myself, but a mystery to many. Do yourself a favor and pick up a bottle tout suite. This delicious almond syrup is the magical ingredient in dozens of tropical drinks, most famously the Mai Tai. While most tropical drinks use rum as the base spirit, the Eastern Sour substitutes Bourbon and the results are delicious. The Eastern Sour was created by Tiki drink legend, Trader Vic Bergeron. Below is my version which is refreshingly sour. If you want to sweeten it up a bit, just add simple syrup.


Eastern Sour


2 ounces Bourbon

1 1/2 oz Orange Juice

1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice

1/2 oz Orgeat Syrup

1/2 oz Fresh Grapefruit

1/2 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

  Simple Steps:

Shake with ice. Strain into an ice filled tumbler. Garnish with a cherry or lime wedge.

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  Roger Adamson is the Beer Marketing and Education Specialist at Binny's. Roger is both a homebrewer and mixologist.