Apple Sour Bourbon Cocktail

Colleen Graham's Apple Sour Cocktail
A simple sour cocktail, mix up the Apple Sour with your favorite bourbon. Photo: S&C Design Studios
  • 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving
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Styled after the classic whiskey sour, this apple sour recipe is an enjoyable experience for everyone. Whiskey lovers will enjoy the fruity twist on an old favorite and apple martini fans will find it to be a nice change of pace. It also features the real flavor of apple, not some syrupy-sweet, far-too-sour concoction that imitates the fruit.

Apple is a good fruit flavor for a sour-style cocktail, yet the majority of the apple sour recipes are designed to make you pucker. Quite literally, in fact, because they often feature De Kuyper Sour Apple Pucker. Not so with this recipe, which takes an entirely different approach.

The cocktail does not have a strong apple flavor, nor a strong sour. Instead, it is a delicate balance that is quite delicious. It's a drink that you can relax with during happy hour, makes a delightful sipper for a casual weekend at home, and it's a nice complement to almost any meal.

What You'll Need

How to Make It

  1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a chilled old-fashioned glass over ice.

Tips for Making an Apple Sour

Bourbon: You won't find a bad bourbon to mix into this apple sour. Whiskeys like Knob Creek and Wild Turkey 101 can stand up just as well as Evan Williams, Woodford Reserve, or even Jim Beam.

Apple Juice: As with any other juice, it's important to choose a quality juice if you want the best-tasting cocktail.

During apple season, give this drink a try with fresh pressed apple cider. It adds a depth to the apple sour that is very impressive.

Optional Sparkle: If you would like to add a little sparkle to the cocktail, choose a sparkling juice like IZZE Sparkling Apple. It's a fun alternative to regular apple juice and the clean, natural taste works very well against the bourbon sour. You might even want to stick with regular juice and top the drink off with IZZE to create a taller, more refreshing beverage.

Triple Sec: Not all triple sec is created equal and there are some great options and some (frankly) horrible options in the liquor store. Instead of thinking about triple sec as a secondary liqueur, consider it as you would a vodka because you will use it almost as often. If you've gone to the trouble and expense to use quality ingredients for the rest of the drink, why would you downgrade it with a not-so-great triple sec? It is time to rethink orange liqueur in your bar if you haven't already, so pay up and enjoy the improvement in your cocktails. Begin with brands like Bols or Cointreau and give Luxardo or Combier a try. Each of these has a great orange flavor and are not sickeningly sweet like those $5 specials.

How Strong is the Apple Sour?

The apple sour falls in line with similar whiskey cocktails and is mild, but not weak. It's a very pleasant whiskey sipper and has an average alcohol content of 19 percent ABV (36 proof).

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 197
Total Fat 0 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Unsaturated Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 4 mg
Carbohydrates 15 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Protein 0 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)