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It’s been a month since my last post, but here I’m again answering the call from GinHound and Mixology Monday.

This is also Tiki Month at the PeguClub blog, with all the sun going on here, and the rainy cold winter on the other side of the globe, nothing better than a well concocted sour to wake up and refresh the body.

Andrea call us to go beyond the usual and take the sour to the next level.

See the round-up here.

Even though being very simple, a proper made sour has magical proprieties, but don’t worry, we always try to make it easy, because everybody deserves magical cocktails.

We’ve done it before with the Daiquiri, the Sidecar and the Gin Sour.
Although they might fit the usual formulas of 3:1:1, 4:1:2 and even 4:2:1, there’s always a secret lying within their perfections.

Take the Margarita for example, it is like a Sidecar, right?
But I digress, the Sidecar uses a spirit with a sweeter profile, while a 100% agave blanco tequila is quite dry and savory.

Add that to a 40% orange liqueur and you and up with a very good dry aperitif packing a good punch of booze, and if you don’t watch out and use a very light tequila like Cazadores you’ll end up with a Kamikaze, totally orange forward…

I prefer my margaritas with a little less alcoholic bite, but a nice tequila taste. Something like…


  • 2oz 100% agave blanco Tequila
  • ½oz Cointreau
  • ½oz Simple Syrup 2:1
  • ¾oz  lime juice

Shake and strain into an ice filled rocks glass rimmed with salt.

Or just make it up, blue and without salt…

This split between liqueur and syrup is very useful and might be done to correct alcoholic strength or reinforce the base spirit.
You might even consider lowering the sweet and sour ratios to the base spirit, like a 4:1:1 Aviation, so you don’t get your base spirit drowned by your liquor.

Hope to have included one more cheat to bring the balance back!

Thanks to Andrea and Fred Yarm for keeping the flame alive…