Tag Archive: Sweet and Sour


This is a drink near and dear to my heart.  Right below the heart.  In the vicinity of the liver.

I have already reminisced about my days at Wild Wooly’s in Chula Vista back in my Junior College days, and this is the drink that I graduated to after drinking those Midori Sours we’ve already talked about.  I remember ordering these for $6 and being amazed at how much liquor was actually in these things.  There was no better buzz for the buck.

Needless to say it’s been a while since I have made myself one of these – but I remember how.  Truth is, while I don’t like to brag – I make a mean Long Island Iced Tea.  Now I am half way through one, so forgive any spelling and grammatical errors.

  • 1.5 ounces vodka (use a premium, Kettel One)
  • 1.5 ounces light rum (Bacardi)
  • 1.5 ounces gin (Bombay Sapphire)
  • 1.5 ounces tequila (Jose Cuervo)
  • 1.5 ounces sweet and sour
  • Coca Cola to taste

Pour everything in a pint glass over ice, give it a stir and serve.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • As you sip, you are thinking “there are how many shots of liquor in here”, cause it doesn’t taste like it.
  • Then you get halfway through and you think “wow, there’s a lot of liquor in here”.
  • Go easy on this one – it’s dangerous.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 9/10
  • Strength: 10/10
  • Sweetness: 5/10
  • Warning Will Robinson.
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Once in a while we have to add one of the classic cocktails in here for completeness.  We’ve already made one type of Margarita, but let’s make the most generic kind.  This is the one that your friend who doesn’t know anything about bartending will make you.  It’s the one on the sweet and sour bottle.

  • 3 ounces of tequila (Jose Cuervo)
  • 1.5 ounces of triple sec
  • 2 splashes of sweet and sour (homemade)

Shake everything over ice, serve how you like – rocks, up, with salt, without.  Throw a lime wedge in there too!

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • It’s like the margarita you order at the local dive bar.  It will suffice.  Enough of them will get you drunk, but your not going to remember drinking it in the morning.
  • I cannot say how many better margaritas there are in the world, let’s go with a lot.
  • You can taste the tequila.  You can taste the sweet and sour.  There’s triple sec in here?

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 3/10
  • Strength: 7/10
  • Sweetness: 6/10
  • What did you expect from a generic drink?

Iguana

So its March, right?  The NFL season long gone, right?  Meanwhile all the news is NFL with the Saints and their “pay for pain”, a certain Mr. Manning is being released by the Colts and Brees is mad that he has been given the franchise tag.  What the heck – can’t we let baseball and NASCAR have the limelight all to themselves for a while?  Anyways…

I whipped up some homemade sweet and sour mix today… time to make a cocktail with the result.  Quick search on the internet came up with the Iguana.  This one sounds a little odd, but we’ll give it a whirl and see how is tastes.

  • 3 ounces sweet and sour (homemade!)
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce tequila
  • 0.5 ounce Kahlua

Shake everything over ice, strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a lime wheel.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • The sweet and sour really is dominant in the drink, so I highly recommend the homemade stuff!
  • The drink tastes sweet… and sour.  Also has an odd aftertaste that I think is the Kahlua.
  • One thing is certain – you can’t taste the liquor!

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 4/10
  • Strength: 4/10
  • Sweetness: 7/10
  • A fine drink with an odd finish.

Sweet and Sour Mix

Another fun and easy way to make your own mixers, this time we are making Sweet and Sour Mix!  If, like me, you buy bags of lemons and limes from Costco and you can never  get through them all before they start to look a little strange.  Or maybe you have a citrus tree that produces a bigger bounty than you could hope to use.  Well my friends, here is a use for all those soon to be wasted fruit.

Another recipe from my favorite bar book, and if you have followed along, it uses the home-made simple syrup I made last week.

  • 1/2 cup of simple syrup (home-made!)
  • 3/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup of water

Simple enough, just measure it out, pour into a clean glass container, shake it up to mix and throw it in the refrigerator ready to make your next Midori Sour, or if that’s not for you, perhaps a Long Island Iced Tea!

After you try this, you’ll never need to slum it with those Mr & Mrs. T folks that make the store-bought stuff.

Midori Sour

There was a dark time in my life that I actually used to order these in bars.  In my defense, they did come in pint glasses and two or three would knock you out.  It’s been a long time since I made one for myself.  If nothing else, it is fun to look at.

  • 1.5 ounces melon liqueur (Midori)
  • 3 ounces sweet and sour (homemade)

Mix in a rocks glass over ice, give a stir and serve.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • You definately need a sweet tooth for this one.  My years of training drinking Mountain Dew prepared me well.
  • Tastes and looks fun – you’ll never confuse this for a serious drinkers fix.
  • Brings back memories of being 21 and ordering ridiculous drinks at Wild Woolys.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 6/10
  • Strength: 4/10
  • Sweetness: 8/10
  • Good drink for the right situation, but if you are a man – drink it in a darkened closet.

Margarita on the Rocks

Not that many drinks in and I am already on my second margarita – this time served on the rocks.  Nothing beats a fresh margarita on a summer’s day (or December 31), and I needed to find a use for some fantastic home-made Sweet and Sour Mix that was taking up space in the refrigerator.

  • 3 ounces fresh sweet and sour mix
  • 1.5 ounces triple sec
  • 2.25 ounces gold tequila (Los Osuna)
  • 0.5 ounce Grand Marnier
  • lime wedge

Mix all of the ingredients in a rocks glass over ice (salt the rim if that is your thing).  Stir it up, squeeze in the fresh lime wedge and enjoy.

Dave’s Thoughts

  • Not too shabby this.  A long drinking alternative to the Golden Margarita
  • The home-made sweet and sour was probably the difference here.
  • The tequila blends in so well and compliments the flavors.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 8/10
  • Strength: 6/10
  • Sweetness: 6/10
  • Enjoy it on a summer’s day at the beach!

Bali Lo

A new cocktail this evening to use up that Sweet and Sour Mix that your may have aging badly in your refrigerator.  This is actually a failed experiment of another drink that I was trying to make, but it ain’t half bad.

  • 1.5 ounces gin (Bombay Sapphire)
  • 1.5 ounces white rum (Bacardi)
  • 3 ounces sweet and sour (make your own!)
  • Splash of almond liqueur

Mix the ingredients in a rocks glass over ice, stir.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Drink is definitely dominated by the sweet and sour – so if you are not making your own, be sure to use a good quality brand.
  • The almond finish is  a nice unique touch, although it is just a hint.
  • Probably using fine gin and run is a waste on this drink – stay with the midrange.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 7/10
  • Strength: 5/10
  • Sweetness: 5/10 (it is sweet and tart all at once)
  • For a screw up – it ain’t half bad!