If you've never tried a New England Vodka Sour, you are in for a real treat. This vodka sour gets it's sour from grapefruit juice and it's sweet from maple syrup! Easy to make and easy to drink!
What is a Sour Cocktail?
One thing you soon learn when you get into making cocktails is that they frequently are built upon a basic building block. Take away or add ingredients to that basic formula and you have a different cocktail.
If you start out with liquor, a sweetener and bitters, you have an old fashioned. Replace the sweetener with sweet vermouth, you have a Manhattan. Add in a sour, like a citrus juice, you have a sour cocktail.
So the basic formula for a sour is a liquor, a sweetener and a sour. Play with that formula and you can make all kinds of sours! While most people think of whiskey sours, you can make a vodka sour, which is what I am sharing with you today.
Ingredients to Make this New England Vodka Sour
Vodka - For this recipe we used Castle & Key.
Maple Syrup - use real maple syrup, not pancake syrup.
Bitters - Angostura. Though you could play with the bitters a bit, maybe try a citrus or something with warming spices.
Grapefruit juice - fresh squeezed is best, though bottled grapefruit juice is pretty good. Be sure and save some grapefruit juice to make a Greyhound Cocktail - all you need for it is the vodka and the grapefruit juice!
How to Make this Vodka Sour
This is such an easy cocktail to make, it is built in the glass, meaning that you don't even need a cocktail shaker!
Start by filling a rock's glass with ice.
Add 2 ounces of vodka to the glass.
Add 1/2 ounce of maple syrup to the glass.
Pour 4 ounces of grapefruit juice into the cocktail glass.
Top with 2 dashes (a dash is 1/8 teaspoon) of bitters.
Garnish with a grapefruit wedge or twist!
This is such an interesting and delicious cocktail! The maple gives it an earthy sweetness and the grapefruit juice gives it a tangy tartness. Perfectly balanced cocktail!
If you're looking for more cocktails using vodka, be sure and check out these Vodka Cocktails.
Looking for more sour cocktail variations try these: the fruity Blackberry Whiskey Sour, a Peach Bourbon Sour made from a peach shrub, gorgeous deep orange Blood Orange Whiskey Sour, and for a little spice a Mango Habanero Whiskey Sour.
New England Vodka Sour
- Fill a rocks glass with ice.
- Add vodka, maple syrup, grapefruit juice, and bitters.
- Garnish with a grapefruit wedge.