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Orange Bourbon Sour

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The Orange Bourbon Sour is a cocktail unlike any other! Okay, I know I may have said that in the past about a few other libations…but when it comes to sour cocktails, this one is truly unique. It’s a combination of citrusy, smoky, and foamy goodness with every sip.

Before getting into shaking, I recommend prepping the glass before the mixture is ready to pour. The rim consists of coarse sugar mixed with orange zest, creating a sweet yet zesty finish with each sip!

The Orange Bourbon Sour is similar to the classic Whiskey Sour but with a few alterations to make this recipe stand out on its own. Bourbon’a unique aging process in new charred oak barrels ensures the spirit exhibits sweet, caramel, and vanilla notes. Overall, it’s safe to say that bourbon is on the sweeter side in terms of whiskey flavor profiles, which makes it a great foundation for this recipe.

This is quite a citrusy cocktail and that mostly comes from the addition of orange and lemon juice. The orange juice adds a citrusy sweetness and a hint of tanginess to the bourbon, which can complement its caramel and vanilla notes nicely. This combination creates a cocktail mixture that is both delicious and well-balanced! As for the lemon juice, this element is a classic in the cocktail world, especially when shaking up sour cocktails.

To sweeten things up, I added in some maple syrup rather than opting for a traditional simple syrup. Maple adds a rich and complex flavor profile to cocktails that goes beyond simple sweetness. Its thickness also adds body and texture to the mixture.

Orange bitters are another mixology essential, and in this case they really work to tie the ingredients of the drink together. From its zesty orange notes to the aromatic complexity, these bitters are a subtle addition but oh so mighty.

Finally, we top things off with an egg white to create a frothy, cloud-like texture. I love adding in egg whites because it not only elevates the drinking experience, but they also have the ability to make a simple cocktail look visually stunning.

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Step 1: Combine the orange zest and sugar in a small bowl or shallow dish. Moisten the rim of a rocks glass with lemon. Dip the rim of the glass in the orange zest sugar.

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Step 2: Pour all the ingredients into a shaker without ice. Dry shake until mixture is foamy (about 30 seconds).

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Step 3: Add ice into the shaker and shake again until chilled.

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Step 4: Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice and garnish.

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The Orange Bourbon Sour is a tasty sipper that’s meant to be enjoyed when you’re looking for something on a citrusy side of things. Zest, frothy, and slightly sweet this is a cocktail recipe that really checks all the boxes of a well-rounded cocktail.

Be sure to shake up this vibrant libation this weekend!

Orange Bourbon Sour

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Instructions

  1. Step 1 – Combine the orange zest and sugar in a small bowl or shallow dish. Moisten the rim of a rocks glass with lemon. Dip the rim of the glass in the orange zest sugar.
  2. Step 2 – Pour all the ingredients into a shaker without ice. Dry shake until mixture is foamy (about 30 seconds).
  3. Step 3 – Add ice into the shaker and shake again until chilled.
  4. Step 4 – Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice and garnish.

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