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Big Bear Sour

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The Big Bear Sour is a unique and flavorful cocktail that combines the robust depth of bourbon with the tangy freshness of lemon juice, the sweet-spicy complexity of maple cinnamon orgeat syrup, the smooth texture of egg white, and a rich finish of red wine. This drink offers a balanced and sophisticated experience, perfect for those who enjoy a mix of sweet, sour, and strong flavors.

Tasting Notes

Upon the first sip, the Big Bear Sour greets your palate with a strong, warm embrace of bourbon, immediately followed by the bright and zesty kick of fresh lemon juice. The maple cinnamon orgeat syrup then introduces a layer of sweetness and spice, providing a comforting and rich background note.

The egg white contributes a smooth, creamy texture that softens the drink’s bold flavors, making each sip silky and well-rounded.

As you finish the sip, the red wine makes a striking appearance, adding depth and a slight tartness that balances the sweetness from the orgeat syrup. The wine’s tannins complement the bourbon’s oakiness, leaving a lingering, satisfying finish that invites you to take another sip.

This complex interplay of flavors makes the Big Bear Sour a memorable and delightful cocktail experience.

Tips & Tricks

Swap the bourbon with rye whiskey for a spicier profile or use a smoky Scotch for an added layer of complexity.

Incorporate a few dashes of aromatic or chocolate bitters to enhance the depth and complexity of the cocktail.

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Big Bear Sour

Big Bear Sour

Big, Bold, and Deliciously Sour


  • 1.5 oz bourbon
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 0.75 oz maple cinnamon orgeat syrup
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 oz red wine


  1. In a shaker add ice, bourbon, lemon juice, syrup, egg white.
  2. Shake very well, keep a good grip on it because it will build up pressure.
  3. Strain into glass over fresh ice.
  4. Float red wine on the top (pour over the back of a spoon)


The syrup is 1:1:1 cinnamon syrup, orgeat, and maple.

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