Normally, when you encounter a wild Sour – and gosh darn it, they are wild – the inside of your cheeks almost involuntarily pucker in anticipation of the joyfully tartness that you’re about to enjoy. The fact that your mouth actually begins to salivate is a testament to the impact they can have on a drinker and their taste buds.
However, there are a few Sours out there when the only flavour sensation from the drink is the sourness. They can be a tad one dimensional if they’re not crafted correctly. But just how important is the tartness to the quintessential Sour?
The Apple Brandy Sour is a peculiar example of a Sour in my – humble – opinion; despite the name, there are no ingredients that you would expect to find in a traditional Sour cocktail. No lemon or lime juice, no sweet and sour mix, nothing. In fact, the definition of a Sour according to Wikipedia is “a base liquor, lemon or lime juice, and a sweetener”, so unless you want to put orange juice in the same category citrically (yay for inventing new words) as lemon or lime juice, then this definitively NOT a Sour.
Yet, in a way that doesn’t matter. Sure, the orange juice is sweet rather than sharp, but there’s still an air to the Apple Brandy Sour which lets it stand shoulder to shoulder with other sours out there. It’s fruity, fun and bizarrely silky on the palate – for all intents and purposes, it’s a great drink and you do get a bit of freshness from the orange juice.
It’s just not…sour. But does that really matter when it’s tasty? Maybe Apple Brandy Tasty would be a better name for it.
No matter what you want to call it, I heartily recommend giving it a whirl. It’s hecking pretty to boot, too.
Such gradient, very wow.
♦ 2 ounces apple brandy
♦ ¾ ounce fresh orange juice
♦ ½ ounce simple syrup
Dash of grenadine
Shake the brandy, orange juice and simple syrup together with ice and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add a dash of grenadine and then garnish with a cocktail cherry. Enjoy!