Today’s article could easily seem a bit like an article that was written out of embarrassment because basically the recipe presented here is neither particularly elaborate nor anyhow innovative or trendy. It is a very ordinary sour and those are probably the simplest cocktails to make. You can actually mix sours with almost any spirit or liqueur you choose and at least in its basis that’s really not a high art I’m talking about. But it does not always have to be high art.
On the contrary, sometimes I just feel like I need a very ordinary Sour. Not a particular twist or somehow more refined variant, but an ordinary Sour. And if it shall be a bit spicier than a Whiskey Sour, I like to grab a bottle of Amaro and start mixing because they also work very beautifully as a basis for any sour. So today I opted for the Amaro Montenegro and prepared a “Signature” drink of this brand, even if the term “Signature” is a little extravagant. For me in a good sour there hast to be egg white. Well at least in most sours but I definitely like it! What often leads to frowning when having friends at home is simply a blessing for the texture of the drink and completely harmless (the chance of health hazards is negligibly low and a car ride is statistically a much more delicate matter than a sour with an egg white).
So today, without much ado – simply because I felt like it – the Montenegro Sour:
6 cl Amaro Montenegro
3 cl lemon juice
2 cl sugar syrup
2 Dash Grapefruit Bitters
½ egg white
Preparation: First, do a dry shake with all ingredients without any ice. Then shake vigorously with ice for about 30 seconds and double-strain into your pre-chilled glass.
Glass: tumbler or sour
Garnish: twig of rosemary
Buying sources: In specialized stores, well-stocked supermarkets or online.