Cocktail & Other Recipes By Spirit Other Cocktails

Jeez Louise

Image: Tim Nusog

This modern take on a Sour at Revel Cafe & Bar in New Orleans uses amaro for the base spirit. Feel free to substitute other brands, but bartender and drink creator Chris McMillian has found the best ratio to get just the right amount of bitterness to be a three-to-one ratio of Averna to Cynar.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Is One Relatively Unknown Drink in New Orleans the Perfect Drink for 2019?


  • 1 1/2 oz Averna amaro
  • 1/2 oz Cynar
  • 3/4 oz Cointreau
  • 3/4 oz Fresh lime juice
  • Soda water, to top
  • Garnish: Orange wheel


  1. Add all ingredients except the soda water into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.

  2. Strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice.

  3. Top with the soda water.

  4. Garnish with an orange wheel.

  5. Serve with a straw.