A “sour” is a category of cocktails that combines a spirit, a citrus and a sweetener. Love this Honey Whisky Sour but missing the whisky? Switch it out for gin, vodka or tequila for an equally delicious cocktail.
Sweeteners and Ice
Many recipes call for simple syrup. But if you have run out of sugar because you have been doing too much baking, you can substitute with honey or maple syrup. Just make sure to thin them out with a little bit of hot water (1 tsp water per 1 oz syrup). This reduces their sweetness and prevents them from clumping. Need to make crushed ice? Roll ice cubes in a tea towel and then strike with a spoon, potato masher or even a small hammer. Any leftover crushed cubes can be stored in a lidded bowl in the freezer. Try these tips with our Sherry Cobbler.
If you plan on making a batch of cocktails but don’t have a punch bowl, you can premix and pour them into smaller Mason jars or empty jam jars, including any fruit. Store in the fridge. Add ice, seal and shake for instant mini cocktail shakers! Remove the lids, and you have individual cocktails. Try these tips with our Seaside Sangria.