Apple Brandy Sour Cocktail Recipe

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Apple Brandy Sour Nutrition Facts


Fat:0 g

Protein:4 g

Carbohydrates:18 g


Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Apple Brandy Sour is a classic cocktail that dates back to the 19th century. It was originally created as a way to showcase the flavors of apple brandy, which was a popular spirit at the time. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy a balance of sweet and sour flavors, with a hint of apple.

  • The Apple Brandy Sour was popularized in the United States during the 1800s
  • It was often enjoyed by those who appreciated the unique taste of apple brandy
  • This cocktail has seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years, as more people discover the delicious flavors of apple brandy

How Apple Brandy Sour Tastes?

The Apple Brandy Sour is a well-balanced cocktail, with a perfect blend of sweet and sour flavors. The apple brandy provides a rich, fruity taste, while the lemon juice adds a refreshing tang. The simple syrup adds just the right amount of sweetness, making this cocktail a delightful and satisfying drink.

Interesting facts about Apple Brandy Sour

  • Apple brandy is made by distilling fermented apple juice, giving it a distinct apple flavor
  • The Apple Brandy Sour is sometimes referred to as the 'Applejack Sour', as Applejack is a type of apple brandy
  • This cocktail is often garnished with a slice of apple or a cherry, adding an extra touch of visual appeal


Apple Brandy

Ah, the star of our show - *Apple Brandy provides a warming fruity base and autumnal vibe. You need these 2 oz to ensure the apple doesn't get overshadowed by the sour elements. Less, and you might as well call it a lemonade; more, and it becomes a tad too boozy for the balance we're after.*

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Lemon Juice

The zesty backup singer - *Lemon Juice adds the 'sour' in our Sour, giving a tangy kick that brightens the drink. Our ratio is a classic one, ensuring you pucker up but don’t twist your face in a lemon-induced spasm. Skimp on it, and the cocktail loses its pep; overload it, and you're in for a sourpocalypse.*

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Simple Syrup

The sweet mediator - *Simple Syrup is here to make peace between the tart lemon and the bold brandy. A half-ounce keeps things civil without pushing it into cloyingly sweet territory. Neglect it, and the sour takes over; too much, and the cocktail becomes a sugar-fest.*

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Egg White

Our frothy friend - *Egg White turns our concoction into a silky texture wonderland. It's what gives the cocktail its signature creamy top hat. Without it, you lose that luscious mouthfeel and that 'gram-worthy froth. Fear not vegetarians, aquafaba (chickpea water) can step in as a plucky understudy.*

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Angostura Bitters

The dash of pizzazz - a couple dashes of *Angostura Bitters adds a complex layer of spiced herbal notes, providing depth and intrigue. It's like a mysterious stranger who walks into the bar and raises everyone's eyebrows in curiosity. Forget it, and the cocktail is just fine, but with it, you're telling a more compelling story.*

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Apple Slice and Maraschino Cherry

The beauty pageant winners - these garnishes aren't just here to look pretty; they're a sneak preview of the flavors to come. They're like the trailer to the movie that is your drink – and who doesn't love a good teaser? Without them, you miss that extra sensory experience.

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Recipe. How to make Apple Brandy Sour Drink

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the apple brandy, lemon juice, simple syrup, and egg white
  2. Dry shake (without ice) for about 10 seconds to emulsify the egg white
  3. Add ice to the shaker and shake again until well-chilled
  4. Strain the cocktail into a rocks glass filled with ice
  5. Add two dashes of Angostura bitters on top
  6. Garnish with an apple slice and a maraschino cherry

Pro Tips

  • Dry shake the cocktail first to properly emulsify the egg white
  • Use freshly squeezed lemon juice for the best flavor
  • Chill your glass before serving for a cooler cocktail

Perfect Pairings

Cheese Platter

Pairing your Apple Brandy Sour with a variety of cheeses could be quite delightful. The sourness of the drink complements the creaminess of cheeses like Brie and Camembert, and cuts through the richness of aged cheeses such as cheddar or Gouda.

Savory Pies

This cocktail would go splendidly with savory pies, especially those featuring apple as an ingredient. The acidity in the drink can cut through the richness of the pie, harmonizing nicely with fillings like pork and apple.

Spiced Desserts

End your meal with a dessert like an apple tart or cinnamon-spiced cake. The apple brandy base of the cocktail makes it a splendid companion for desserts with fall spices.

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What you could change in Apple Brandy Sour

  • Apple Brandy: Can be substituted with Calvados or any other apple-flavored brandy
  • Simple Syrup: Can be replaced with honey or agave syrup
  • Egg White: Can be omitted for a vegan version or replaced with aquafaba

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Smoky Apple Brandy Sour

Substitute the apple brandy for a smoky apple-infused whiskey, and you’ve got a cocktail that conjures images of campfires and autumn leaves. The smokiness adds a complex layer akin to a fine BBQ sauce dancing on your palate. Serve in a rocks glass, with a burnt applewood chip to enhance the smoky aroma.

Honey Crisp Sour

Swap the simple syrup for honey syrup and add a pinch of cinnamon. Your Apple Brandy Sour just turned into what we call the 'Orchard in a Glass'. Richer, spicier, and with a playful hint of the holidays, it’s a cocktail that would get along splendidly with grandma’s apple pie.

Green Apple Pucker Sour

Add a half-ounce of green apple schnapps to the mix and use a sour apple slice as garnish. You’ve just made your drink a little more George Washington and a little less John Adams – it’s fun, it's vibrant, and it’s got a kick that’ll keep the conversation flowing.

In case you forgot basics how to make Apple Brandy Sour

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Apple Brandy Sour

What is the best time to enjoy the Apple Brandy Sour cocktail?

The Apple Brandy Sour is incredibly versatile and can be enjoyed at any time of day. However, it is particularly well-suited to evening and late-night drinking, as the rich, deep flavours of the apple brandy come to life when the sun goes down.

What kind of food can I pair with an Apple Brandy Sour?

Apple Brandy Sour cocktail often pairs well with foods that complement its sweet and sour flavor profile. Desserts like apple pie or tarts, a cheese platter or spicy foods can create a good balance.

How can I modify the Apple Brandy Sour for a non-alcoholic version?

A non-alcoholic version can be achieved by replacing apple brandy for apple cider vinegar or non-alcoholic apple cider. Remember to omit the egg white or replace it with a vegan substitute like aquafaba.

Are there any festivals or events associated with Apple Brandy Sour cocktail?

There isn't a specific event dedicated to the Apple Brandy Sour, however, it is enjoyed in various cocktail festivals and events around the world. It can also be a great addition to autumn or apple harvest festivals.

Why does the Apple Brandy Sour taste so good?

It's all about balancing flavors. The apple brandy provides the strong, fruity base, the lemon juice gives it an acidic punch, the simple syrup rounds it off with sweetness, and the egg white gives it a smooth and luxurious mouthfeel. It's a potent and harmonious combo.

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