Southern Comfort Sour Cocktail Recipe

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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 16, 2024


The Southern Comfort Sour is a delightful twist on the classic sour cocktail. Originating from the southern United States, it's a drink that embodies the spirit of Southern hospitality with its smooth, peach-flavored warmth.

  • The Birth of Southern Comfort: Southern Comfort was created in New Orleans by a bartender named M.W. Heron in 1874. It was originally crafted to smooth out the harsh edges of whiskey.
  • Evolution of the Sour: The sour cocktail family dates back to the 19th century and is known for its simple combination of liquor, lemon or lime juice, and a sweetener.
  • Who Would Enjoy It?: This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy a balance of sweet and sour flavors, with a fruity twist courtesy of the peach liqueur.

How Southern Comfort Sour Tastes?

The Southern Comfort Sour offers a harmonious blend of sweetness from the peach liqueur and the tartness of the sour mix. It's a robust cocktail with a fruity profile that's both refreshing and satisfying.

Interesting facts about Southern Comfort Sour

  • Southern Comfort was originally called 'Cuffs & Buttons' until it was renamed in 1889.
  • The sour cocktail family is one of the oldest categories of mixed drinks.
  • Southern Comfort Sour can be customized with various garnishes to add a personal touch.


Sweet and Sour Mix

The backbone of any sour cocktail, the sweet and sour mix provides the perfect balance of sweetness and acidity to complement the fruitiness of Southern Comfort. If you skimp on the 2 oz, your drink might taste too strong or lack the desired refreshment. Too much, and you'll drown out the lovely peach notes.

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Southern Comfort Peach Liqueur

This is the star of the show, infusing the cocktail with its sweet, peachy goodness. 1 oz is just enough to shine without overpowering your taste buds. If you're out of Southern Comfort, consider a different fruity liqueur, but expect a change in the flavor profile.

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No cocktail shindig is complete without ice! It chills the drink, diluting it to perfection as you shake. Without it, your Southern Comfort Sour would be warm and far too strong. For a less diluted drink, use larger ice cubes.

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Orange Slice

Adds a hint of citrus aroma and a festive look to your drink. Without it, you'd lose some of that zesty charm. Feel free to experiment with different citrus garnishes for a twist!

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Maraschino Cherry

It's the cherry on top—literally! It adds a pop of color and a subtle almond-like flavor. Leave it out, and you'll miss the full experience. Try swapping with a different cocktail cherry for fun.

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Recipe. How to make Southern Comfort Sour Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Pour 2 oz of sweet and sour mix into the shaker.
  3. Add 1 oz of Southern Comfort peach liqueur.
  4. Shake well until the mixture is chilled and frothy.
  5. Strain the cocktail into a sour glass, either 'up' or 'on the rocks'.
  6. Garnish with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry on a pick.

Pro Tips

  • For an extra touch of elegance, chill the sour glass before serving.
  • To enhance the peach flavor, consider muddling a slice of fresh peach in the shaker before adding the other ingredients.
  • Always use fresh ice to avoid diluting the cocktail with melted water from old ice.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • BBQ Ribs: The smoky sweetness of the ribs complements the fruity and slightly acidic flavor of the Southern Comfort Sour.
  • Cajun Chicken: The spiciness of the chicken will balance the sweet and sour notes of the cocktail.
  • Cheese Platter: Particularly with cheeses like gouda or brie, which pair nicely with the cocktail's sweetness.
  • Pecan Pie: A classic Southern dessert that will match the warm, rich flavors of the Southern Comfort.

Drink Pairings

  • Sparkling Water: For a refreshing palate cleanser between sips of the cocktail.
  • Cold Brew Coffee: The bitterness of the coffee can enhance the sweet notes of the cocktail.
  • Ginger Beer: For a non-alcoholic option with a spicy kick that complements the drink's sweetness.

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What you could change in Southern Comfort Sour

  • Peach Liqueur: If Southern Comfort is not available, any quality peach liqueur can be used as a substitute.
  • Sweet and Sour Mix: Homemade sweet and sour mix can be made by combining equal parts lemon juice, lime juice, and simple syrup.

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Honey Comfort Sour

  • Sweet and sour mix: 1.5 oz
  • Southern Comfort peach liqueur: 1 oz
  • Honey syrup: 0.5 oz
  • Orange slice
  • Maraschino cherry

Replace 0.5 oz of sweet and sour mix with honey syrup for a smoother, richer taste. The honey's sweetness will provide a warm balance to the cocktail's tartness, making it ideal for chilly evenings.

Berry Comfort Sour

  • Sweet and sour mix: 2 oz
  • Southern Comfort peach liqueur: 1 oz
  • Blackberry liqueur: 0.5 oz
  • Fresh blackberries
  • Maraschino cherry

Adding blackberry liqueur introduces a berry twist, adding depth and a tart edge. Garnish with fresh blackberries for an extra burst of flavor and a stunning visual effect.

Spiced Comfort Sour

  • Sweet and sour mix: 2 oz
  • Southern Comfort peach liqueur: 1 oz
  • A dash of bitters
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Orange zest

A dash of bitters and a cinnamon stick stir a hint of spice into the sweetness, ideal for those who like their sours with a kick. Orange zest garnish adds additional citrus notes and a delightful aroma.

In case you forgot basics how to make Southern Comfort Sour

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 Southern Comfort Sour

What glassware is typically used for a Southern Comfort Sour?

A sour glass, also known as a delmonico glass, is typically used. It's similar to a small stemmed wine glass and perfect for sours.

Can I make a large batch of Southern Comfort Sour for a party?

Yes, you can scale up the recipe and mix it in a large pitcher or punch bowl. Just add the ice separately in glasses to avoid dilution.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of this cocktail?

Yes, you can make a mocktail version by using a non-alcoholic peach syrup or juice, and a sour mix without the alcohol.

What's the best technique for shaking a cocktail?

To properly shake a cocktail, hold the shaker with both hands (one on each piece) and give it a vigorous, horizontal shake for about 10-15 seconds to properly chill and mix the ingredients.

How do I know if I'm using a good quality peach liqueur?

A good quality peach liqueur should have a balance of sweetness and acidity and a strong, natural peach flavor without any chemical aftertaste.

Can this cocktail be made ahead of time?

It's best enjoyed fresh due to the use of ice and sour mix, but you can premix the liquids and refrigerate until serving time. Add ice and garnish just before serving.

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