7.5ml Sugar Syrup
25ml Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Egg White or 3 Dashes Ms Better’s Bitters
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker, add cubed ice and shake hard for 10 seconds. Strain into a tumbler glass over cubed ice.
Dry shaking is an expert bartender trick. To dry shake is to shake the ingredients of a cocktail without ice. Typically you would then follow this immediately with a “wet shake” with ice.
So why dry shake a cocktail? Well, the aim is to infuse air into the liquid as it creates a foamier more textured cocktail that has an amazing mouthfeel. Test out your sours with a dry shake and a wet shake and then another with just a wet shake and see the difference.
ABOUT THE AMARETTO SOUR
Typically, sours are made with a base spirit (in this case Amaretto), lemon juice and a sweetener such as sugar syrup to balance the citrus edge. Famously, egg white is often also added, which when shaken emulsifies and creates a delicious foamy body to the cocktail. It should be noted that, in general, egg whites are safe in cocktails, providing the eggs used are reputable and quality stamped. The lemon juice goes some way to kill any potential bacteria that might linger.
If egg whites aren’t for you, there are some fantastic vegan alternatives such as Ms Better’s Bitters and Aquafaba. Try our vegan cocktail recipes for more alternatives.
DID YOU KNOW?
Aquafaba is actually the liquid that tinned chickpeas are cooked and then packaged in. This viscous water mimics the properties that egg whites bring to the table in terms of creating foam and texture. It’s the perfect natural and vegan alternative to egg whites.