The First Cocktail You Should Master


Chris introduces a cocktail which can be the foundation of a good Mixology programI’d recommend mastering this cocktail as your first step in learning cocktail creation.

Which cocktail is that?  Think of  Whiskey Sour, a Gimlet, a Margarita – they’re all actually the same cocktail.



The First Cocktail you Should Master: The Sour


Ok, I kind of lied to you…

The “Sour” is actually not a cocktail – it’s a Family of cocktails. They are originally described by Jerry Thomas in “How to Mix Drinks” from way back in 1862 (thanks to Paul from The Cocktail Chronicles!)  Sours are drinks containing:

  • A Base Liquor
  • Lemon or Lime juice
  • A Sweetener

Looking at this list, you can immediately see the possibilities are endless!


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Give it a try!

Try building some sours behind your bar – try new liquors or sweeteners.  If you’re beyond that, consider infused liquors or infused simple syrups. (or both!)  When making your common sours like Margaritas, Whiskey Sours, Sidecars etc. – try swapping out ingredients and see what you can create.  You’ll be amazed the variety that can come from just one family of cocktails!


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About the Author: Chris Tunstall

Chris Tunstall

Co-Founder of A Bar Above and career bartender and mixologist. I love experimenting, creating cocktails, and drinking Green Chartreuse.

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