3 Spectacular Summer Sour Cocktails

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Embark on an unparalleled zesty-sweet cocktail journey

It’s hot out there. And when it's hot nothing quenches thirst quite like the invigorating blast of a well chilled sour cocktail. Sharp, tart acidity, and icy cold with just enough sugar to balance it all out. Sour cocktails are your best friend on those long, leisurely summer days. With a perfect balance of tartness and sweetness, sour cocktails offer a refreshing and unique experience for the palate. Join me as we explore the world of sour cocktails and some classic recipes that offer lip puckering delight.

The History of Sour Cocktails

The origin of sour cocktails can be traced back centuries, with the classic "Sour" formula dating as far as the 19th century. The term "sour" refers to the primary components: a spirit (like whiskey, gin, or tequila), citrus juice (commonly lemon or lime), and a sweetener (such as simple syrup or honey). These simple yet harmonious ingredients laid the foundation for numerous variations that have evolved over time, becoming beloved staples in cocktail culture.

The Perfect Balance

The magic of sour cocktails lies in their impeccable balance. The sharpness of freshly squeezed citrus juice is tamed by the sweetness of the chosen syrup, creating a harmonious union that leaves your taste buds dancing. Bartenders often experiment with different proportions to craft the ideal harmony, adjusting the sourness and sweetness to suit individual preferences.

Deep Blue Sea Tequila Sour

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  • 1 ½ oz Tequila
  • ½ oz Blue Curaçao

  • 1 oz Lemon Juice
  • 1oz Simple Syrup
  • Soda Water
  • Crushed Ice
  • Orange Peel

    picture of Teremana Blanco Tequila

    Teremana Blanco Tequila

    This blanco tequila has notes of bright citrus with a smooth, fresh finish.

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    picture of Bols Blue Curaçao

    Bols Blue Curaçao

    Distilled from a blend of herbs, sweet red oranges, bitter Curatao oranges, and rare Kinnow oranges, Blue Bols has a fresh, yet complex mandarin orange scent, citrus taste and a deep blue colour.

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    Prickly Pear Daiquiri

    Rum Sour Picture


    • 2 oz White Rum
    • 1 oz Prickly Pear Syrup (see recipe and instructions below)
    • 1 oz Lemon Juice
    • Soda Water
    • Crushed Ice

      Prickly Pear Syrup Recipe

      • 1 ½ cups prickly pear fruit
      • 3 cups water
      • 1 ½ cups sugar


      Prickly Pear Syrup Instructions

      • Mix the prickly pear fruit with the sugar and water in a sauce pan.
      • Bring to a slow boil and reduce heat to simmer.
      • Allow the mixture to simmer for 30 minutes stirring occasionally.
      • Remove from heat and separate the solid using a strainer.
      • When the mixture has cooled chill and keep refrigerated.
      picture of Bacardi Superior White Rum bottle

      Bacardi Superior White Rum

      Smooth and subtle with notes of almond and vanilla, it doesn’t dominate like gin or disappear like vodka.

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      Peach Gin Fizz

      Gin Sour Picture


      • 2 oz Driftwood Contact Gin
      • 2 oz Peach Puree
      • 1 Egg White or Aquafaba
      • Crushed Ice
      • Peaches
      • Soda Water

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        Driftwood Spirits Contact Gin

        A bright, citrus-driven phenomenon that has encountered grapefruit peel, iris root, beeswax and other-worldly wisdom.

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