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A sour is essentially a simplified Punch, consisting of usually just three ingredients: Spirit, Sweetener, Sour (citrus juice). The sweetener can take the form of sugar or simple syrup, or it can be a liqueur of some sort which has a prominently sweet flavor. The sour is usually either lemon or lime juice, but can technically be any high-acid ingredient which would lend the same character.

Base Recipe


  • 2 ounces spirit
  • 3/4 ounce sour
  • 3/4 ounce sweet

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass or ice filled rocks glass.

While at one time considered a mixed drink category all of it's own, in more recent times it appears to be seen as a sub-category of the Cocktail. Some common sour style drinks are: