Vodka Sour
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Vodka Sour
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4.78 / 5
The Vodka Sour is a classic cocktail that has been enjoyed for decades. It is a simple yet versatile drink that has a perfect balance of sweet and sour flavors. ... more The Vodka Sour is a classic cocktail that has been enjoyed for decades. It is a simple yet versatile drink that has a perfect balance of sweet and sour flavors. The base of the drink is 60ml of vodka, which provides a smooth and clean taste. The addition of 30ml of fresh lemon juice adds a tangy and citrusy kick, while 15ml of sugar syrup brings a touch of sweetness. Two dashes of Angostura bitters give the drink a subtle depth and complexity. The addition of 15ml of egg white gives the cocktail a creamy and frothy texture, making it a delight for the senses. The Vodka Sour is a refreshing and easy-to-make cocktail that is perfect for any occasion.
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15 key ingredients
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Base ingredient
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Vodka
Garnish
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Lemon, cocktail cherry
Alcohol content
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20% | 2.4 units *
Details
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Classic
Shaken

Lowball glass

Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

The Vodka Sour is a beautifully balanced symphony of flavors, where the clean, sharp bite of vodka meets the tart zestiness of lemon, all mellowed by a hint of sweetness from the sugar syrup. The addition of egg white introduces a creamy texture that dances beautifully on the palate, while a dash of Angostura bitters adds a nuanced depth that elevates this cocktail from simple to sublime.

Method
How to make a Vodka Sour

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice
Shake well for 10-15 seconds or until the outside of the shaker becomes frosted
Strain into the glass, garnish with a lemon slice and a maraschino cherry and serve

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·  Shake  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the history behind the Vodka Sour?

The Vodka Sour is a variation of the classic Sour cocktail, a family of drinks that includes the Whiskey Sour and the Amaretto Sour. Sours have been around since the 1800s, originally made with liquor, lemon juice, and sugar. The Vodka Sour modernizes the concept by using vodka as the spirit base, appealing to those who prefer vodka's clean, smooth taste.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I make a Vodka Sour without egg white?

Yes, you can certainly make a Vodka Sour without egg white. The egg white is traditionally used to create a silky texture and a foamy top, but it's not necessary for the taste. If you prefer to avoid egg whites, you can simply omit it. Some people use aquafaba, the liquid from canned chickpeas, as a vegan alternative.

CUSTOMIZATION_IDEAS

How can I adjust the sweetness of my Vodka Sour?

To adjust the sweetness of your Vodka Sour, you can modify the amount of sugar syrup used. If it's too sweet, reduce the sugar syrup slightly; if not sweet enough, add a bit more. Remember, the key to a great Vodka Sour is finding the right balance between the sourness of the lemon juice and the sweetness of the sugar syrup.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

What's the best way to serve a Vodka Sour?

The best way to serve a Vodka Sour is cold. After shaking the ingredients with ice to chill the drink, strain it into a lowball glass filled with ice. Garnishing with a lemon slice or a cherry can add a decorative touch and a slight flavor enhancement. Serve immediately.

FAQ

Why use Angostura bitters in a Vodka Sour?

Angostura bitters are used in a Vodka Sour to add complexity and depth to the flavor profile. Just a couple of dashes can significantly enhance the drink, providing a subtle aromatic quality that complements the sourness of the lemon and the sweetness of the sugar syrup. It's a classic ingredient in many cocktails for its ability to balance and elevate flavors.

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