Cascadian Sour Cocktail Recipe

A symbolic and tasty cocktail from the Pacific Northwest.

| January 2018

  • The Cascadian Sour
    Photo by Keller+Keller Photography
  • The Wildcrafted Cocktail
    Photo by Storey Publishing

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This cocktail includes both Oregon grape and licorice fern, a plant native to and symbolic of the Pacific Northwest. It’s a mighty tasty beverage wherever you make it.

Oregon grape is a shrub grown primarily for its ornamental value; most gardeners don’t realize the fruit is edible. On their own, Oregon grapes are face--twistingly sour but combined with sugar, they make a balanced, sweet-tart flavoring.

Sour cocktails generally contain a base spirit, citrus juice, and a sweetener. A bit of raw egg white is optional. If you have an aversion to raw egg whites, you can skip that part, but you’ll be missing out. The egg whites, when properly shaken, add a silkiness to the drink, creating an emulsion that is slightly thick and very smooth. The bitters are a finishing touch, not only adding another layer of complexity but also keeping the egg whites smelling fresh.

  • 2 ounces rye whiskey
  • 1 ounce grape verjuice
  • 1/2 ounce Oregon grape syrup
  • 1 tablespoon egg white
  • Licorice fern bitters

To Make One Drink

  1. Combine the rye, verjuice, Oregon grape syrup, and egg white in a shaker and dry-shake for 30 seconds.
  2. Add ice to the shaker and shake again for 30 seconds to thoroughly chill the cocktail.
  3. Strain into a rocks glass and top with a few drops of licorice fern bitters for an extra burst of PNW flavor.

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