It’s never too early to talk about weekend cocktails. By the end of the week, most of us could use a drink, a good drink. Bourbon tends to be a favorite in my household, so we often use that as a base in our cocktails. Bourbon Sours make a nice drink to sip on because it’s loaded with citrus and a touch of creamy egg white, so you get a nice balance of flavors. As far as bourbon is concerned, if your mixing, don’t use the expensive stuff – go with a lower price point, like classic Four Roses.
Making a simple syrup by cooking equal parts sugar and water is the first step to a good mixed drink, and in this syrup, I toss in an orange peel or two, to infuse it with tangy citrus. A good sour is about layering flavor, and with a complimentary citrus infused simple syrup, it adds to the experience.
This sour is complete after a good shake, pretty simple stuff. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to pour it over one of those jumbo ice cubes you have stored in the freezer, you won’t regret it.
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 orange peel
2 1/2 ounce bourbon
1 ounce egg white
Luxardo or good cherries, optional
(Makes 1 Drink)
- In a small saucepan, add sugar and 1/2 cup water and place over medium-high heat. Add orange peel and cook until boiling and sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. You can store simple syrup in refrigerator for up to 1 month.
- Juice a fresh lemon or two, set aside. In a shaker filled with ice – add bourbon, egg white, 2 ounces lemon juice, 1 1/2 ounces simple syrup (a tablespoon is a 1/2 ounce). Shake, shake, shake and strain over a glass filled with ice or a larger single cube. Top with cherries if desired. Enjoy!