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The base mix in all Sour Drinks is, of course, the sour. Sour mix is a sweetened lemon juice.
Sour drinks can be broken down into two categories; Shorts and Talls.
Short sour cocktails are typically made in a mixing tin, shaken and strained into a chilled glass. The glass is typically a sour glass, cocktail glass or a margarita glass.
Tall sour drinks have added soda water to cut the tart taste. They are served in a larger glass, usually a Collins, and have a cherry and orange garnish.
Preparing a Short Sour Drink
- Add ice to a mixing glass.
- Add 1 oz of liquor.
- Add 2 oz. of Sour Mix.
- Shake and strain into a chilled sour or cocktail glass.
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Every Bartender should know the following cocktails:
Commercial Sour Mix contains "Bar Foam." Which gives a cocktail a frothy head.
Tall Drinks have added soda water and are usually served in a Collins Glass.
How To Make A Tall Sour
Fill a Collins Glass with ice.
Add 1 oz. of liquor.
Add 2 oz. of Sour Mix.
Fill with Soda Water.
Garnish and Serve
These drinks are usually served with the garnish a cherry and orange slice, although they can also have more elaborate garnishes.
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