Copenhagen Sour
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Copenhagen Sour
Cocktail recipe

Rating

4.61 / 5
Invented by Justin Taylor, who currently works at Yew Seafood & Bar in Vancouver. Invented by Justin Taylor, who currently works at Yew Seafood & Bar in Vancouver.
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Base ingredient
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Galliano
Alcohol content
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25.41% | 3.07 units *

Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

This Copenhagen Sour cocktail combines the herbaceous notes of Galliano and Akvavit with the floral sweetness of Elderflower Liqueur, balanced by the tartness of lime and lemon juice. The frothy texture from the egg white ties all the flavors together, while a dash of Peychaud's bitters adds a subtle aromatic finish, creating a well-rounded and refreshing sip. Innovative flavors and a harmonious blend make the Copenhagen Sour a must-try for cocktail enthusiasts looking for a creative and balanced libation.

Method
How to make a Copenhagen Sour

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Dry shake (without ice) all the ingredients except the Peychaud’s bitters in a cocktail shaker
Add some ice then shake hard again
Fine strain into a cocktail glass then add a few drops of the bitters onto the top before serving
~ To be fancy, use a cocktail stick to form a design with the bitters. ~

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

·  Dry  ·  Shake  ·  Bitters  ·  Strain  · 

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FAQ's

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

What is the flavor profile of the Copenhagen Sour?

The Copenhagen Sour offers a unique and refreshing flavor profile, combining the herbal notes of Galliano and elderflower liqueur with the crisp acidity of lime and lemon juices. The use of Akvavit adds a distinct Scandinavian twist, introducing hints of caraway, dill, and anise. The egg white contributes to a silky texture and smooth mouthfeel, while a dash of Peychaud's Bitters adds a subtle aromatic complexity. This cocktail is a harmonious blend of sweet, sour, and aromatic flavors.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

How is the Copenhagen Sour traditionally served?

The Copenhagen Sour is traditionally served in a cold cocktail glass. It is first shaken vigorously with ice to chill the mixture and emulsify the egg white, creating a smooth texture and a frothy top when poured. The cocktail is then strained into the glass to ensure a clean presentation. It's often garnished with a twist of citrus zest or a flower to enhance its visual appeal and aromatic experience.

NON_ALCOHOLIC_VARIATIONS

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Copenhagen Sour?

Yes, you can create a non-alcoholic version of the Copenhagen Sour by substituting the alcoholic ingredients with non-alcoholic alternatives. Instead of Akvavit, you can use non-alcoholic distilled spirits that mimic the herbal and spiced notes. Non-alcoholic elderflower cordials can replace elderflower liqueur. For replacing Galliano, a non-alcoholic vanilla or herbal syrup can be used. Adjust the amount of lime and lemon juices as needed to balance the sweetness.

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

What is the significance of using egg white in the Copenhagen Sour?

Egg white is used in the Copenhagen Sour to create a silky texture and a smooth, frothy layer on top of the cocktail. When shaken vigorously, the egg white emulsifies, incorporating air and resulting in a creamy mouthfeel that beautifully balances the acidity of the lime and lemon juices. It also helps to meld the flavors of the other ingredients together, resulting in a well-integrated cocktail. Egg whites are a common ingredient in many sour cocktails for this reason.

FAQ

Are there any variations of the Copenhagen Sour I can try?

Yes, there are several variations of the Copenhagen Sour you can explore. One popular variation is to adjust the balance of citrus juices to suit your taste, such as using more lime juice for a sharper tartness or lemon juice for a brighter acidity. Experimenting with different brands or types of Akvavit can also significantly alter the flavor profile, as each has its own unique botanical blend. Additionally, substituting the elderflower liqueur with other floral liqueurs like lavender or rose can offer a new flavor dimension. For adventurous mixologists, adding a splash of soda water can transform it into a refreshing fizzy drink.

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