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.
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Roger Adamson is the Beer and Spirits Specialist at Binnys Willowbrook. Roger is both a homebrewer and mixologist and is currently using his background in history to research and write a book on classic cocktails.
Ingredients:2 ounces Wathen's Single Barrel Bourbon 1 1/2 oz Orange Juice 1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice 1/2 oz Collins 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.