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 … more
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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)