Here`s and old favorite…the Eastern Sour. Orange and lemon juices, sugarcane syrup, orgeat and then rye or bourbon.
It´s drink number 20 in Grog Log and is also featured in Remixed where i also found the Western Sour which contains grapefruit juice and falernum. I find yellow grapefruit juice much tastier in mixed drinks than the pink one, it´s simply fresher and has that sourness which balances so well with sweeteners yet still contains that sour freshness.
The Eastern Sour was made sometimes in the 50s by Trader Vic. He also made the London Sour (sub scotch for the bourbon) and Munich Sour ( cognac) These sours were made for the various Trader Vic`s restaurants.
The Western Sour was featured at Steve Crane`s Kon-Tiki restaurant chain operating in Sheraton hotels across the U.S. Steve Crane and Trader Vic did really compete and in the end Vic did outlast Steve and the Kon_Tiki`s.
So…bourbon or rye?
I like both..but shame on me! - i`m out of bourbon…so it´s rye to go in both drinks, and i`m using Rittenhouse bonded. Also i found a few fresh kalamansi limes so i`m gonna use them in both drinks to see what happens.
Juice of 1/2 orange
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/4 oz orgeat syrup
1/4 oz rock candy syrup (well, i didn´t have that, so i used Petit Canne´s sugarcane syrup)
2 oz rye or bourbon
Now i added: juice of 1 kalamansi lime and garnished also with a sugared rim
Shake well with plenty of crushed ice. Pour unstrained into a double old fashioned glass or short stemmed goblet. Sink spent orange and lemon shells into the drink.
Since the kalamansi is both sweet and sour but a bit more on the sour side i decided to make a sugared rim on the glass to add some extra sweetness. I think it was very tasty with some tangy kalamansi juice in the Eastern Sour even though it doesn´t make itself very much noticed in this drink – just subtle. That said it was very very tasty.
1 oz white grapefruit juice
0.5 oz fresh lime juice
0.5 oz falernum
0.25 oz sugarcane syrup
2 oz Bourbon (or rye)
Shake well with ice cubes and por unstrained into a double old fashioned glass.
As i suspected, white grapefruit juice and kalamansi limes like each other and plays together very well..and here the two together is da bomb! this drink is so tasty!
The kalamansi transforms the drink from quite average to one step higher. Otherwise the Eastern Sour is in my opinion better than the Western but when kalamansi is in the game it`s slightly the contrary.
Interesting how the addition of just one thing can change things around!
I think i need to go and get me a kalamansi plant so i can have fresh kalamansi limes and make these drinks all summer!