Composed of a spirit, citrus and sweetener, the sour is a classic cocktail template that allows for endless modification. In this case, Patrick Cook, the beverage director at Hyperion Public in Silver Lake, California, performs a neat trick to perfect his two-spirit blackberry sour. He enlists easygoing vodka to even out the drink, dubbed Delete That Text, because it seemed a little too gin-forward when he first made it.
“I was in love with the drink, [but] it was almost too botanical and becoming unbalanced,” he says. “I knew that I still wanted to have two ounces of spirit but maybe dial it back just a touch.” Tweaking the ratio to equal-parts gin and vodka did the trick.
“Vodka does a good job enhancing the boozy flavor you’re going for without disturbing the other flavors and allowing you to play around,” he says. He suggests experimenting with different amounts, as even a small half-ounce pour can do wonders to your drinks.
Along with the gin and vodka, Cook uses elderflower liqueur and lemon juice, which add fresh and floral flavors, while muddled blackberry provides the drink’s deep red hue.
- 4 fresh blackberries
- 1 ounce vodka
- 1 ounce gin
- 1/2 ounce elderflower liqueur
- 3/4 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- Garnish: rosemary sprig
- Garnish: lemon peel
Muddle the blackberries in a shaker.
Add remaining ingredients and ice, and shake until well-chilled.
Double-strain into a double Old Fashioned glass over fresh ice.
Garnish with a rosemary sprig and lemon peel.