The family of sour cocktails is some of our favorites and they follow a very simple formula. Margaritas, Whiskey Sours, Daiquiris and Sidecars all have something in common. They are made of a ratio of 1 part sweet: 1 part sour: 2 parts spirit. The sweet and sour parts of the ratio can slide up and down depending on taste and the ingredients you are using, but this general formula is a home bartender’s best friend!
We Olive Balsamic Vinegars, both white and dark, are balanced in sweetness and acidity making them the perfect addition to a classic sour cocktail. Simply use our adapted ratio of 1.5 – 2 parts balsamic vinegar: 2 parts spirits and a modern twist on a classic sour is born.
Simply add the desired ratio of balsamic vinegar and the spirit of your choice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake well. Strain into a glass and serve neat or over ice. Check out our favorite combinations along with some fun upgrades and garnishes for a modern cocktail party!
D’Anjou Pear White Balsamic Vinegar + Brandy
Try this – top the cocktail with hard cider and garnish with a cinnamon stick
Pomegranate White Balsamic Vinegar + Vodka
Try adding – a splash of pomegranate juice and orange liqueur to the shaker and garnish with an lemon twist
Peach White Balsamic Vinegar + Bourbon
Try this – Mix with Iced Tea and garnish with fresh basil
Pineapple White Balsamic Vinegar + Tequila
Try this – add a splash of orange liqueur and a squeeze of lime juice to the shaker and garnish with a lime wedge
Strawberry White Balsamic + Gin
Try this – Top with tonic and garnish with a lime wedge
Aged Balsamic Vinegar + Whiskey
Try this – top with ginger beer and garnish fresh mint
Citrus Spice Balsamic Vinegar + Spiced Rum
Try this – add a splash of apple cider to the shaker and garnish with an apple slice and a cinnamon stick
Blackberry Balsamic Vinegar + Gin
Try this – top with club soda and garnish with a lime wedge
Fig Balsamic Vinegar + Whiskey
Try this – add a splash of fresh orange juice to the shaker and garnish with an orange twist