Vanilla vodka sour
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Vanilla vodka sour
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Rating

4.7 / 5
The Vanilla Vodka Sour is a sumptuous twist on the classic sour cocktail that tantalizes the taste buds with its rich and aromatic profile. Combining the smooth essence of vanilla ... more The Vanilla Vodka Sour is a sumptuous twist on the classic sour cocktail that tantalizes the taste buds with its rich and aromatic profile. Combining the smooth essence of vanilla vodka with the sweet depth of vanilla liqueur, this cocktail creates a dessert-like indulgence in liquid form. The addition of fresh lemon juice cuts through the sweetness, balancing the drink with a zesty sharpness, while the egg contributes a velvety texture that enhances the luxuriousness of the sip. Typically presented in an elegant champagne glass, this cocktail is both a feast for the eyes and a decadent choice for those who delight in the creamy, citrus-infused flavors of a well-crafted sour.
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Vanilla vodka
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Lemon, orange
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22.69% | 2.75 units *

Champagne glass

Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

Vanilla Vodka Sour offers a creamy, luxurious texture with an exquisite balance of citrus sharpness and deep vanilla tones. The egg white introduces a silkiness that elegantly rounds off the sharp edges of lemon, creating a dessert cocktail that tantalizes with its aromatic and smooth finish.

Method
How to make a Vanilla vodka sour

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Put ice into a cocktail shaker
Add the ingredients and shake until a frost forms on the outside of the shaker
Strain into a chilled champagne flute
Garnish with orange and lemon zest twists and serve
~ This recipe makes enough for two drinks. ~

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Shake  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  ·  Zest  · 

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FAQ's

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

How do I properly shake a Vanilla vodka sour to ensure a smooth texture?

To achieve a smooth texture in a Vanilla vodka sour, start by adding all the ingredients, including the egg white, into a shaker without ice. Shake vigorously for about 15 seconds to emulsify the egg white. Then, add ice and shake again for another 15-20 seconds. This process, known as 'dry shaking' followed by 'wet shaking', ensures a frothy and smooth consistency.

GARNISHING_TIPS

What garnishes work well with a Vanilla vodka sour?

For a Vanilla vodka sour, consider garnishes that complement the drink's vanilla and citrus notes. A thin slice of lemon, a vanilla pod, or even a dusting of vanilla powder on top can enhance the visual appeal and aromatic experience. Edible flowers or a twist of lemon zest also make elegant choices.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

Is there a specific temperature at which a Vanilla vodka sour should be served?

A Vanilla vodka sour should be served cold to enhance its refreshing quality. After shaking with ice, strain the cocktail into a chilled champagne glass to ensure it stays cold longer, providing the best taste and experience. No additional ice is necessary in the glass.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content in a Vanilla vodka sour compare to other popular cocktails?

With an alcohol content of 22.69%, a Vanilla vodka sour has a moderately high alcohol level compared to other cocktails. It's stronger than light cocktails like a Mimosa (around 10-12% alcohol) but less potent than heavy hitters like a Martini or Manhattan, which can exceed 30%. It finds a middle ground, making it suitable for those who prefer a noticeable but not overwhelming alcohol presence.

NON_ALCOHOLIC_VARIATIONS

How can I make a non-alcoholic version of a Vanilla vodka sour?

To create a non-alcoholic version of a Vanilla vodka sour, replace the vanilla vodka with a non-alcoholic spirit or more vanilla liqueur (there are non-alcoholic versions available). Use lemon juice as specified, and for the egg white, keep it to add texture or use aquafaba (chickpea water) as a vegan alternative. This variation will retain the cocktail's characteristic flavor profile and texture while being alcohol-free.

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