Sandeman Sour
Sandeman Sour

What: As we think about romance during the Valentine season, don’t forget Ogden Nash’s line: “Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.”

A nice romantic drink like the Sandeman Sour can get the sparks flying. It’s a perfect drink for lovers to share. The ingredients are readily available, it’s easy to make, and you can experiment to tailor it to your tastes.

Whiskey sours are popular drinks, but by using Port you can cut down on the alcohol content. For romance you want to be relaxed, not unconscious.

It has a beautiful, deep ruby color that starts to put you in a romantic mood even before the first sip. I love Port any time, and it keeps well. So after you make a couple of Port Sours you can use the rest of the bottle another day for after dinner drinks.

I used a Calvados, a French brandy made from apples, for the apple brandy, and I used apple juice instead of cider one time. Cider or juice work equally well. The drink has the ideal balance between sweet and tart. I also like serving the drink on the rocks.

This recipe was created by Jason Littrell of New York City’s JBird.

Sandeman Sour with cheese and crackers.
Sandeman Sour with cheese and crackers.

Sandeman Sour

3/4 parts raspberry syrup*
3/4 parts fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 parts Sandeman Founders Reserve Porto
1/2 part apple brandy
Top with 2-3 parts dry apple cider

Pour all ingredients in a shaker, except cider. Shake quickly and strain into a Collins glass. Top with cider, garnish with raspberries and dust with nutmeg.

*In a medium saucepan combine 4 cups sugar and 1 quart water. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar has dissolved. In another saucepan, muddle a small container of raspberries (about 6 ounces), and combine the syrup and raspberries. Let rest for up to a day. Keeps for about a month.

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