East Meets Midwest Whiskey Sour

Spiced pomegranate molasses adds a new dimension to this whiskey sour.

Blending flavors from the Middle East as well as India, this spin on the classic whiskey sour will send you on a trip around the globe. The spiced pomegranate molasses syrup adds bright acidity and herbal complexity, while the passionfruit liqueur and single-malt Indian whiskey round out this autumnal cocktail.

East Meets Midwest Whiskey Sour

Serves | 1 |

Spiced Pomegranate Molasses Syrup (Yields 12 ounces)

  • 4 oz pomegranate molasses
  • 4 oz water
  • 8 oz granulated sugar
  • 1 star anise pod
  • 1 cardamom pod, crushed

East Meets Midwest Whiskey Sour

  • 1½ oz Indian single-malt whiskey
  • ½ oz spiced pomegranate molasses syrup (recipe below)
  • ½ oz Giffard Crème de Fruits de la Passion liqueur
  • ¾ oz lemon juice
  • 4 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters (for garnish)
  • toasted fennel seeds (for garnish)

| Preparation – Spiced Pomegranate Molasses Syrup | In a small saucepan over medium heat, add all ingredients, stirring constantly until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat, allow to cool and strain.

| Preparation – Cocktail | In a shaker tin, add first 4 ingredients with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a 10- or 12-ounce Collins glass and add crushed or pebbled ice to fill. Top with bitters or toasted fennel seeds for an aromatic garnish. Serve.

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