Best sour cocktails to try in Melbourne
If you think all cocktails are meant to be sweet, then think again because sour cocktails are the drink of the moment. Here are some of the best sour cocktails to try in Melbourne.
Sour isn’t a note that typically springs to mind when you think of cocktails, but according to the history books, sour cocktails first featured on bar menus as far back as 1856 in Toronto, Canada.
Before then, the sour cocktail was said to be invented by the British Navy, because as folk law has it, rum was readily available in the Caribbean and didn’t go off during long voyages (unlike beer), therefore becoming the drink of choice for the sailors.
The sailors also used rum to combat the effects of scurvy and malnutrition, often mixing the rum with lime juice to make a daiquiri-like mixture, unintentionally inventing the sour cocktail.
Since then, sour cocktails such as a Gin Sour, Whiskey Sour, and Aperol Sour have become popular and also evolved in their texture and taste, with cocktail bars around Melbourne offering unique twists depending on who’s making them, and who’s drinking them.
What is a sour cocktail?
"A sour cocktail always has a base liquor, lemon or lime juice, and a sweetener such as a simple syrup, honey, or maple syrup,” he says.
“Sour cocktails can also contain egg white or aquafaba, which is a main point of difference to the sweeter cocktails you might find.”
What are the key ingredients in a sour cocktail?
There are three primary ingredients in a sour cocktail, according to Crafter.
“All you need is a liquor, a citrus, and a sweetener,” he says. “The citrus gives the cocktail its ‘sour’ flavour, and then the sweetener balances out the drink.”
“But the trick to a really good sour cocktail is to have freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice.”