Quick, take a peek in your refrigerator. Is there an aging bottle of neon yellow sour mix? Reach for it, go on. Now walk it on over to the sink. That’s right, closer, closer. OK, now remove the cap and tip. That stuff will help clean out your plumbing. Aah, that’s better. Now, let’s make a little simple syrup and squeeze a few lemons and everything will be right with the world.
- 3 drops Angostura bitters
- 2 ounces lemon juice
- 1 tsp simple syrup (aka sugar syrup)
- 3 ounces brandy (to make a whiskey sour use whiskey)
In a shaker with ice, sprinkle bitters, then add juice, liquor and syrup. Shake. Strain into a tumbler with ice. Garnish with a lemon or orange slice and cherry.
To make simple syrup, use equal parts sugar to water. Dissolve in a saucepan over medium heat. Allow to cool before using. Store the leftovers in the refrigerator.