Let's talk Sweet & Sour stuff 🍹
A few words on a drink I don't like very much. Except I do. I don't. I do. Maybe
I don’t like sweet-and-sour, or should I say sweet & sour, or sour mix? Anyway, I ain't got no beef with it, no bad memories or previous experience, it’s just not my cup of tea. Or drink. Then I went to London, a couple of weeks ago, to check on a friend of mine who's been living and working in the City for years. He says he wants to quit and says he's tired of London but he's still there, still working as a bartender, and still up there with the best of them. He said I should try it.
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"Try it", he said.
"No, thank you."
"Go for it."
He wouldn't take no for an answer so in the end I did try it and it was one of the best cocktails I ever had. "I'm not surprised" he said, "both the best and worst cocktail you've had was probably some version of the sweet & sour."
Most people go for whiskey but the formula is so simple that you could technically use just about any existing liquor. You throw it in the mix along with some form of sweetener, lemon or lime juice and that's it. Easy as pie. Easy as sour.
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I've been told that most cocktail specialists opt for a 50-50 mix and prefer to balance out the acidity of the citrus with an equal portion of sweet component. I believe that alcoholic drinks and sugar don't mix unless said drink was specifically designed to be 100 % sweet or fruity, like Baileys or Sex on the Beach. Then again, I'm not a bartender so what do I know.
The sour is the big brother of a family that includes the sidecar, the margarita and the daiquiri but what I find fascinating about it is how a minor alteration can make it or break it. Left to my own devices, I'd never order sour out of any menu but, when all is said and done, I guess my bartender friend was right and this sour in particular was excellent. I think.
I didn't like it very much, except I did, but I'm not gonna drink a sour any time soon. Unless I do, in which I case I'll love it. Except I don't. I'm confused. Must be the holiday feels.🍹