The word “sour” doesn’t really do it for everyone, however, when it comes to alcohol, sour works. Brewers, distillers, bars and retailers are realizing this and we’ve been seeing sour drinks pop up a lot.
The Whiskey Sour
Sour isn’t a new thing – it’s just having a renaissance of sorts. One of the original cocktails to rock the trend is the whiskey sour. Whisky sours date back to the 1800s, but were very popular in the 1950s and 1960s. Whiskey, post-prohibition cocktails, and sour flavors are all trendy right now, so it’s no surprise that we’ve been sipping Whiskey Sours.
Believe it or not, Belgian sour beer was the second fastest growing beer style this past year, up 31%. The cool thing about sour beer is that in addition to having a cult following, it’s a good gateway drink for wine drinkers that swear they don’t enjoy beer. It’s light and refreshing so usually they end up enjoying the taste. The sour beer category has many specific styles, so if you try one you don’t like, don’t write all sour beers off completely – there’s plenty more to choose from.
In the fruit world, grapefruit is the king of sour. Mixologists have been experimenting with its flavor in cocktails and we love it. The tart, citrusy taste is also quite refreshing, so definitely expect to see it around a lot this summer. Try any of these.
When it comes to liquors that are actually sour, Pucker Vodka has been the reigning champion for quite a while. Now, new brands are starting to appear on shelves and we doubt they’ll be slowing down any time soon.
Have you had a sour boozey beverage recently? Tell us about it.