Food, Home & Lifestyle

Shared Sours: Clara Bow, Margarita, Siesta, and Cosmopolitan

Sours are a favorite of Lynnette’s, and she explains what they involve and demonstrates three different drinks. Ryan shares his recipe for the often-misunderstood Cosmopolitan.

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Topics include: Clara Bow · Margarita · Siesta · Cosmopolitan


[00:00:00.00] [MUSIC PLAYING] [00:00:10.80] [00:00:22.59] - So our sour recipe is usually a quite simple template that you can innovate around, 2 ounces of a spirit, 1 ounce of a citrus of choice, and 1 ounce of some sort of sweetener, whether that's a liqueur or a different type of syrup, honey, demerara, or sugar. So our classic whiskey sour is a great example of a cocktail that follows that. You can add egg white to that as well. But if you were going to make it without that, you could just take in the whiskey or the amaretto or any of those things, put lemon juice and your simple syrup, and you're going to shake that up and serve that up or on the rocks. [00:00:52.17] So this is a cocktail that you can play around with all of your favorite spirits. Anything can lend to a sour. You can just play around with which type of sweetener you want to use and which type of citrus you want to use. So I like making things like the Gold Rush, which is using whiskey with honey and lemon. [00:01:07.17] And then I thought about other ways you can innovate around the whiskey sour. There's a classic drink called the New York sour, which is taking your classic whiskey sour and then a float of red wine on top of that, so that it's adding some more flavors. And then I want to take that a little step further and think about a cocktail that I call the Clara Bow. [00:01:22.98] [MUSIC PLAYING] [00:01:23.91] [00:01:27.18] I created this with my friend at a speakeasy that never opened, Jim Kearns and I did. But we did make this underground cocktail all the time. And it uses fresh-made grenadine. [00:01:38.71] So grenadine is really easy to make at home. You can actually just take some pomegranate juice and reduce it down with a little bit of sugar. I like using rich demerara sugars to keep those roundness. And you can add orange twists and different flavors. You can add some pomegranate molasses. But you can pretty much just make a very simple syrup with that. [00:01:56.13] So I did 1/2 ounce of my grenadine. I'm going to do 3/4 ounce of my lemon juice. And then when you think about the different styles of sours, you can do with either liqueurs to sweeten or you can do syrups. I am actually going to do both in this cocktail. So adding a little bit of the St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, which I think really fits that 1920s era of the Clara Bow. [00:02:21.87] And then when originally creating this drink, we were trying to think of using gin, which made more sense for the time period, but these flavors and aromas really actually popped more using whiskey. So I think in honor of Clara Bow, a nice strong drink that's presented in a frilly setup with some grenadine to mask it. [00:02:41.26] And then we're going to do an ounce and a half of bourbon. And you can use a bourbon, or maybe a rye as well, because I like to use bourbons in here that have a nice rye content, and that's going to add some spiciness. And we're going to shak...

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James Beard honoree Lynnette Marrero has been at the forefront of the NYC craft cocktail movement. Ryan Chetiyawardana (aka Mr Lyan) is the founder of Dandelyan, named the world’s best bar. They will teach you the essentials of cocktail making, from developing your palate to building your home bar. Learn how to mix a perfectly balanced drink for every occasion and mood—and become your friends’ new favorite bartender.

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