Apple Sour Bourbon Cocktail

Colleen Graham's Apple Sour Cocktail
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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
171 Calories
0g Fat
10g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 16mg 80%
Calcium 4mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 49mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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. 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.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a cocktail shaker, pour the bourbon, triple sec, apple juice, lemon juice, and orange bitters.

  3. Shake well.

  4. Strain into a chilled old-fashioned glass over fresh ice.

  5. Serve and enjoy.

Tips for Making an Apple Sour

Bourbon: You won't find a bad bourbon to mix into this apple sour.

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. 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 sparkling juice to create a taller, more refreshing beverage.

Triple Sec: Not all triple sec is created equal and there are some great options and some that are not. 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.

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).

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