The Cherry Vodka Sour gets its cherry flavor from grenadine and the sour effect from – you guessed it – sour mix. It’s a simple, tasty drink that makes a nice alternative to the Whiskey Sour.
The flavor here is mostly berry and lemon, which makes for a drink that taste something like a berry lemonade. The vodka doesn’t add any real flavor of its own, unlike the whiskey in a Whiskey Sour.
This is a great drink for an evening out – it’s on the weak side, with just an ounce of vodka, so it doesn’t sneak up on you. The flavor is easy to take, and goes well with a lot of meals or happy hour snacks.
If you like the Amaretto Sour, this drink recipe is similar to it. Amaretto has a sort of nutty-cherry taste, while the grenadine in this drink tastes more strongly like cherry or pomegranate.
And then the sour mix, or combination of lemon juice and simple syrup, is the same in both drinks. Both drinks are a wonderful combination of sweet and sour.
If you turn up your nose at sour mix, you have three options. First, try a better bottle. small batch sour mix is much closer to what you’d make at home if you wanted to take the time.
Second, you could make your own sour mix at home. And third, you can swap it out for a combination of 1 part lemon juice and 1 part simple syrup.
That combination will work in any recipe that calls for sour mix. And you should try it with less simple than lemon juice too – it’s less sweet, but brighter and tangier, and you may find you like it even better.
This is a wonderfully simple drink, with just three ingredients. It’s easy to mix. You can even make a big batch of it in a pitcher for parties. Most anyone who likes fruity cocktails will enjoy this drink.
- 1 ounce sour mix
- 1 ounce vodka
- Splash of grenadine
- Orange Slice
- Fill a cocktail glass with ice.
- Pour in your vodka followed by the sour mix.
- Finish with the splash of grenadine.
- Garnish with an orange slice and cherry.