The Delicious Sour was invented by the Brooklyn based bartender William Schmidt at the far end of the 19th century. Schmidt had been tending the bar of a small hole in the wall joint when his incredibly convoluted cocktail recipes caught the attention of the local and then national press.
Peculiarly, Schmidt was a believer in the temperance movement, yet clearly thought his highfalutin’ creations were above the scorn of the anti-alcohol movement. He believed the place for punches was in the home, where they could be enjoyed in moderation, rather than in the danger of bars and was quoted as saying: “A habitual drinker will never indulge in beverages artistically mixed; he lacks the taste of them, as they do not bring him rapidly enough to his desired nirvana.”
Fortunately for us, the surprisingly short, apple calvados based recipe for the Delicious Sour is more than capable of taking us to cocktail Nirvana!
- 40ml Calvados
- 20ml Lemon
- 20ml Peach liqueur
- A dash of foamer
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
Add all ingredients and shake for 10 seconds
Strain into a martini glass
Garnish with grated nutmeg