Have you ever heard of a sour orange? (yes, it's a real thing, not just a really old orange🤔) Well, I hadn’t until I found them at my local farmers market in Gilbert, Arizona. I was on a quest for some local, in-season products that I could use to create a cocktail with one of my favorite rums – Diplomatico. I picked up a handful from Flower Fly Farms and headed home for some R&D.🔬
Also known as bitter oranges or seville oranges, they are just as their name implies – sour like a lemon (maybe a tad less tart with the unique orange influences). As such, you can use them in anything you might use a tart citrus in. I wanted something that would let the sour orange and rum shine, so it needed to be relatively simple. A New York Sour fit the bill, but we’ve got a silky smooth rum, not whisky…what about a little tiki riff on the NY Sour? Yeah, mon. 😎Sub the lemon juice for sour orange juice, the simple syrup for cinnamon syrup and the red wine for tawny port and you have:
SUN CITY SOUR ☀️
2 oz @diplomaticorum Reserva Exclusiva
3/4 oz fresh sour orange juice
1/2 oz house made cinnamon syrup
4 barspoons tawny port
1 egg white
Fill shaker with all ingredients except port, dry shake for 10 seconds. Fill shaker with ice, shake, double strain into a rocks glass with a big rock (or large cubes if you don’t have one). Turn a spoon over and slowly pour port on the back of the spoon to layer it on top. It doesn’t seem to float as well as red wine for some reason. Garnish with some glorious @luxardousa cherries.
Cinnamon syrup recipe: From the #SmugglersCove book, 2 cups water, 4 cups granulated sugar, 3 (6 inch) cassia cinnamon sticks, halved. Put the water in a saucepan, add cinnamon sticks and bring to a boil. Add the sugar and stir with a whisk until dissolved (about 1 min). Remove from heat immediately. Cover and let sit at room temp for 12 hours then strain through cheesecloth. Store in an air tight container in the fridge, keeps for several weeks.