Angostura Sour
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Angostura Sour
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4.5 / 5
The Angostura Sour is a unique twist on the classic sour cocktail archetype. It stands out primarily due to its heavy use of Angostura Bitters, which is typically employed in ... more The Angostura Sour is a unique twist on the classic sour cocktail archetype. It stands out primarily due to its heavy use of Angostura Bitters, which is typically employed in smaller quantities as a flavor accent in other cocktails. In an Angostura Sour, the bitters become the main event, delivering a bold, spice-laden taste that's surprisingly well-rounded with the inclusion of fresh lime juice and sugar syrup. This gives the cocktail a distinctive, aromatic profile with a balance of sweet, sour, and bitter notes. The addition of egg, often in the form of egg white, adds a creamy texture and contributes to a frothy top when shaken, creating a pleasing mouthfeel. Served in a cocktail glass, it is often garnished with a few drops of bitters to enhance its visual appeal and aromatic allure.
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Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

The Angostura Sour uses Angostura Bitters in a starring role, backed by the classic sour elements of lime juice and sugar syrup, with egg white to smooth things out. This innovative variation is both refreshingly citrusy and intriguingly spiced, a must-try for those who love unique, aromatic cocktails.

Method
How to make a Angostura Sour

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake for 30 seconds
Remove the ice and dry shake for another 30 seconds
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with a few drops of Angostura bitters and serve

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

·  Shake  ·  Dry  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  ·  Bitters  · 

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FAQ's

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

What makes Angostura Bitters a key ingredient in the Angostura Sour?

Angostura Bitters are crucial to the Angostura Sour for their complex blend of herbs and spices, providing a unique depth of flavor. Originating from Trinidad and Tobago, these bitters add a layer of complexity and a slightly bitter taste that balances the sweetness of the sugar syrup and the tartness of the lime juice, making it a standout ingredient in this cocktail.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

Why is the Angostura Sour shaken and not stirred?

The Angostura Sour is shaken to properly emulsify the egg white with the other ingredients, creating a smooth, creamy texture and a frothy top when served. Shaking introduces air and creates aeration, which is essential for achieving the desired consistency and mouthfeel. Stirring, in contrast, wouldn’t incorporate the egg white as effectively.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What type of glass is best for serving an Angostura Sour?

An Angostura Sour is best served in a cocktail glass, also known as a martini glass. This choice of glassware highlights the cocktail's visual appeal, showcasing its vibrant color and frothy top. The stemmed design of the cocktail glass also keeps the drink cool by minimizing the transfer of heat from your hand.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

Why does the Angostura Sour have an alcohol content of 0%?

The information stating the Angostura Sour has an alcohol content of 0% appears to be a mistake. Angostura Bitters, one of the cocktail's key ingredients, actually do contain alcohol, typically around 44.7% ABV. However, because bitters are used in very small quantities, the overall alcohol content of the cocktail is low but not 0%. This discrepancy might be a misunderstanding of how the alcohol content in cocktails is calculated or reported.

DIETARY_CONSIDERATIONS

Is the Angostura Sour suitable for vegetarians and vegans?

The Angostura Sour traditionally contains egg white, which is not suitable for vegans and some vegetarians. However, it can be made vegan by substituting the egg white with aquafaba, the liquid from canned chickpeas, or other plant-based foaming agents. This substitution maintains the frothy texture without using animal products, making it a versatile option for those following vegetarian or vegan diets.

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