Brandy Sour
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Brandy Sour
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Brandy Sour is a classic cocktail that dates back to the 19th century. It originated in the Caribbean, where brandy was a popular spirit, and has since become a beloved ... more Brandy Sour is a classic cocktail that dates back to the 19th century. It originated in the Caribbean, where brandy was a popular spirit, and has since become a beloved drink all over the world. This drink is a perfect blend of tartness and sweetness, with the warmth of brandy and the tanginess of lemon coming together to create a complex and refreshing flavor profile. The addition of Angostura bitters adds a hint of spice and enhances the overall taste. Brandy Sour is typically served over ice and topped off with lemonade for a bubbly finish. It is a timeless and versatile cocktail that can be enjoyed as an aperitif or a digestif.
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Brandy
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8% | 2.4 units *

Highball glass

Ingredients

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Method
How to make a Brandy Sour

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Put ice in a tall glass
Pour in the bitters, swirl them around and then pour everything out
Add ice to the glass and pour in the brandy
Add lemon juice then top up with lemonade to serve

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the history of the Brandy Sour cocktail?

The Brandy Sour has a rich history, with variations tracing back to the 19th century. One popular version originates from Cyprus, where it was developed in the early 20th century as a non-alcoholic drink for the British colonial officers, later adding brandy to suit their taste. Its simplicity and refreshing nature have made it a classic in various regions, adapting locally available ingredients.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I replace lemonade with another ingredient in a Brandy Sour?

Yes, in a Brandy Sour, if lemonade is not available, you can use a combination of soda water and a bit more lemon juice to taste, or even a clear, mildly sweet sparkling water. The goal is to maintain the cocktail's refreshing and slightly tart profile.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the best way to serve a Brandy Sour?

The Brandy Sour is best served in a highball glass filled with ice to keep it chilled. Pouring the brandy, lemon juice, and angostura bitters over the ice followed by topping up with lemonade and lightly stirring ensures an even mix of flavors. Serving immediately helps retain its refreshing quality.

FOOD_PAIRINGS

What food pairs well with a Brandy Sour?

A Brandy Sour, with its balance of tartness and sweetness, pairs wonderfully with grilled meats, seafood, or even Mediterranean dishes. Its refreshing nature can cut through the richness of the food, making it an excellent accompaniment to a variety of meals, especially during warmer seasons.

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