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Brandy Sour

The Brandy Sour cocktail is a timeless and refreshing libation that has been enjoyed for generations. Originating in the mid-19th century, this cocktail has evolved over time, with variations found in different parts of the world. With its blend of brandy, lemon juice, simple syrup, and a touch of soda water, the Brandy Sour is a delightful balance of sweet, tart, and bubbly flavors.


Ingredients and Tools:

  • 60 ml (2 oz) brandy

  • 30 ml (1 oz) fresh lemon juice

  • 15 ml (1/2 oz) simple syrup

  • Soda water

  • Ice cubes

  • Cocktail shaker

  • Jigger

  • Collins glass

  • Lemon slice and cherry for garnish (optional)

Preparation Steps:

  1. Fill a Collins glass with ice cubes.

  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine 60 ml (2 oz) of brandy, 30 ml (1 oz) of fresh lemon juice, and 15 ml (1/2 oz) of simple syrup.

  3. Add ice to the shaker and shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds to chill the ingredients.

  4. Strain the mixture into the prepared Collins glass over the ice.

  5. Top up the glass with soda water.

  6. Stir gently to combine.

  7. Optionally, garnish with a lemon slice and cherry.

Flavor Profile:

The Brandy Sour cocktail offers a harmonious blend of flavors, with the richness of brandy balanced by the bright acidity of fresh lemon juice and the sweetness of simple syrup. The addition of soda water adds a refreshing effervescence, making it the perfect drink for any occasion.

Mixoloco - Mixology Tips:

  • Choosing Brandy: When selecting brandy for your Brandy Sour, opt for a quality brandy with a smooth and balanced flavor profile.

  • Fresh Lemon Juice: Using freshly squeezed lemon juice is essential for achieving the vibrant citrus flavor that defines the Brandy Sour.

  • Balancing Sweetness: Adjusting the amount of simple syrup allows you to tailor the sweetness of the Brandy Sour to your taste preferences.

  • Chilling Technique: Properly chilling the Brandy Sour ensures that it's refreshing and enjoyable to drink. Shake the cocktail vigorously with ice to chill it quickly and achieve proper dilution.

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