Trinidad Sour
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Trinidad Sour
Cocktail recipe

Rating

4.5 / 5
The Trinidad Sour is a distinctive cocktail that flips the script on traditional sour recipes by using a generous amount of Angostura bitters as a primary ingredient rather than a ... more The Trinidad Sour is a distinctive cocktail that flips the script on traditional sour recipes by using a generous amount of Angostura bitters as a primary ingredient rather than a mere accent. This unique drink combines the zest of lemon juice with the richness of orgeat syrup—a sweet almond-flavored mixer—and the complexity of rye whiskey to create an intriguingly spiced and slightly nutty cocktail. The intense flavors of the Angostura bitters—herbal and slightly bitter—lead the charge, making the Trinidad Sour a bold choice for adventurous palates. Typically served in a cocktail glass, this drink stands out for its deep red hue and is often garnished with a cherry and a lemon wedge to complement its vibrant taste profile.
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Rye Whiskey
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Cocktail cherry, lemon
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6.32% | 0.6 units *

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Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

The Trinidad Sour is a vibrant dance of unconventional flavor; it boldly showcases Angostura bitters not just as an accent but as the star, enveloped by the sweet, nutty whispers of orgeat and the spicy tickle of rye. This concoction is a riveting twist on the classic sour, inviting the daring drinker to an audacious, layered experience that balances herbal bitterness with silky sweetness, accentuated with a zip of lemon.

Method
How to make a Trinidad Sour

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice
Shake well then strain into chilled cocktail glass
Garnish with a cherry and a wedge of lemon and serve

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

·  Shake  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the origin of the Trinidad Sour?

The Trinidad Sour was invented by Giuseppe Gonzalez at the Clover Club in Brooklyn, New York, in the late 2000s. Its creation is a testament to the inventive modern bartending era, inspired by the challenge of using Angostura Bitters in a substantial amount rather than as a mere accent ingredient.

FAQ

Why does the Trinidad Sour use such a high amount of Angostura Bitters?

The high amount of Angostura Bitters in the Trinidad Sour is unconventional as bitters are typically used in small quantities due to their potent flavor. However, in this cocktail, the bitters act as a primary ingredient, contributing a complex layer of flavors that balance with the sweetness of the orgeat syrup and the acidity of the lemon juice, creating a unique tasting experience.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute Angostura Bitters with another type of bitters in the Trinidad Sour?

While Angostura Bitters are a key ingredient in the Trinidad Sour, offering a distinct flavor profile, you might experiment with other aromatic bitters if desired. However, this will significantly alter the taste of the cocktail, as different bitters have various herbs, spices, and flavorings that could clash or complement the other ingredients unpredictably.

NON_ALCOHOLIC_VARIATIONS

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Trinidad Sour?

To make a non-alcoholic version of the Trinidad Sour, you can substitute the rye whiskey with a non-alcoholic spirit or whiskey alternative. There are also non-alcoholic bitters available that can mimic the flavor profile of Angostura Bitters. However, the unique character of the cocktail might change, so adjustments to the proportions of the other ingredients could be necessary for balance.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

How should I serve the Trinidad Sour?

The Trinidad Sour should be served cold in a cocktail glass. It is typically shaken with ice to chill it thoroughly and then strained into the glass to ensure a smooth, refreshing experience. Garnishing with a lemon twist or a cherry can add an extra visual appeal and a slight aromatic enhancement.

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