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Rum Sloe and Sour: a cocktail Evolution

An original cocktail featuring Sloe Gin and Rum

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Rum Sloe and Sour (a cocktail evolution)

  • Feb 25, 2010

The Evolution of a Cocktail

Let us start with the Whiskey Sour a classic cocktail from the the late nineteenth century which has stood the test of time and is still popular.  Here is the recipe:

Whiskey Sour

1 1/2 oz bourbon whiskey
1 1/2 oz lemon juice 3/4 oz
1 tsp simple sugar
1 Maraschino Cherry

Shake with ice in a cocktail shaker and strain into a rocks glass

Now let us take an evolutionary leap from whisky to rum and turn the Whiskey Sour into a Rum Sour.  The lemon juice increases slightly because the rum is sweeter than bourbon, and the sugar decreases for the same reaon.  Here is the recipe:

Rum Sour

1 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp sugar (2 dashes)
1 1/2 oz light rum
Add orange slice and a maraschino cherry

Shake with ice in a cocktail shaker and strain

The Final step is to use a dark rum which has more character and complexity than a white rum.  I sloe (pun intended)  the cocktail down with sloe gin, and change the fruit slightly to suit the new ingredients.

Rum Sloe and Sour
a cocktail by Chip Dykstra (Aka Arctic Wolf)

2 oz of  Dark Rum
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Lime Juice
Dash of simple syrup or Grenadine
Ice cubes
1 Tablespoon of Sloe Gin

Add the Dark Rum, the lemon and lime Juice, and the syrup or grenadine with the ice cubes in a Martini Shaker. Shake gently to chill the mixture. Pour the mixed ingredients into a cocktail glass adding the ice. Float the sloe gin on top and serve. The ice cubes added help diffuse the sloe gin into the cocktail.


And Remember, the aim is not to drink more cocktails, it is to drink better cocktails!


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Sours are mixed drinks containing a base liquor (bourbon or some other whiskey in the case of a whiskey sour), lemon or lime juice, and a sweetener.  These drinks have been in existence for at least 140 years with the first reference I could find dating to 1862 in the book "How to Mix Cocktails" by Jerry Thomas.

The Rum Sloe and Sour follows the traditional construction but includes both lemon and lime juice as well as two sweeteners (Sloe gin and simple syrup or grenadine)
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