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Recipe: The Delicious Sour | Monteiths Edinburgh

Scottish Food Recipes & Tasting Notes

We’re a passionate bunch at Monteiths with a real flavour for freshly prepared, locally sourced Scottish food alongside great cocktails. Our team have curated a selection of great food & drink Scottish recipes for you to try at home. Hopefully these give you a taste of what we’re all about.

The Delicious Sour

The new Monteiths cocktail list launched today and we’ve delved into the history books for a couple of our new drinks. One of the oldest drinks on our list is the “Delicious Sour” which first appeared in William Schmidt’s book – ‘The Flowing Bowl’ – back in 1892.

Our recipe is a slight adaptation from the original, try as we might we couldn’t source a great peach brandy so we’ve altered the drink slightly and introduced a house peach syrup to give a full fruity flavour. The name of this drink first attracted our Head Bartender Sam Baxendale’s attention and having tasted the drink he was quick to confirm, it is indeed delicious.

The drink has an intense fruitiness at first sip however the use of great quality Laird’s Applejack apple brandy from America’s oldest family distillers gives it a real depth. In addition to this rich fruitiness the drinks apple and peach notes are supported by hints of vanilla and lemon, with a crisp and refreshing dryness.
Follow the recipe below to make a Delicious Sour, alternatively pop into Monteiths and watch Sam at work…

The Delicious Sour

25ml Laird's Applejack (American apple brandy/spirit)
15ml Pere Magloire 12yo calvados
10ml Courvoisier VSOP cognac
15ml House peach syrup
25ml lime juice
25ml egg white

To make house peach syrup combine

500ml peach nectar
500g demerara sugar
1 split vanilla pod
Heat until sugar has dissolved, strain through a cheesecloth or fine sieve and bottle.


Shake all ingredients over ice, strain into a chilled sling glass, top with Appletizer then flame the foam top with a kitchen blowtorch to form apple meringue.

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