M SQUARED SPIRITS- Basic Sour Cocktail Recipe

By Michael Cecconi

Here is a recipe for a basic sour cocktail with plenty of variations listed. I am hoping to inspire people to work with what they have, yet still make great, interesting cocktails.

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Basic Sour

2 oz base spirit (gin, rum, tequila, mezcal, whiskey)

1 oz simple syrup* (more recipe options below)

1 oz fresh lemon and/or lime juice

  1. Have rocks glass on hand.
  2. Measure and pour spirit, syrup, and citrus into shaker.
  3. Add ice, shake & strain into glass.
  4. Add fresh ice.

* Simple Syrup: any sugar you have on hand, equal parts by volume sugar and hot water, stir until dissolved, store in airtight container in refrigerator

**Maple OR Honey OR Molasses simple syrup: Whichever you choose is 2 parts to one part hot water. Stir to thoroughly combine. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.


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Screen Shot 2020-04-27 at 7.09.41 PM.pngMichael Cecconi creates delectable libations and is the bartender emeritus at The Alembic in San Francisco. Beyond creating and serving world-class cocktails, Michael teaches mixology: from gin to mezcal, tiki to avant-garde, at some point he’s taught it. Michael was the maestro behind the cocktails at Peter Hoffman’s Savoy and Back Forty in New York City, before the West coast beckoned. His work has been featured in the SF Chronicle (Bar Star 2012), Food & Wine, The New York Times, The Today Show, and countless blogs. Michael paired literary works and cocktails for The New Yorker magazine.Michael, working with great creativity and strong business acumen, has created cocktail programs from the Asian inspired at The Toucan & the Lion (NYC) to Farm to Table at Zazu (Sebastapol) to Baja Mexican at Pure Shore (Long Beach City, NY).

Screen Shot 2020-04-27 at 6.11.58 PM.pngWith M Squared Spirits, Michael steps out from behind the bar and to reach a wider audience with his best, and most popular cocktails. M Squared Spirits bottles beautifully balanced, artisanal cocktails and lets people enjoy the product of a craft bartender wherever and whenever they would like. His partner at M Squared Spirits is Mikha Diaz.

He likes all things drink-related. Michael also likes movies. And, in an odd twist of fate, Michael loves words about movies. These three facts combined to make a perfect storm of sensibility, ability, and inebriation needed to rhapsodize in his “Shaken & Stirred” columns for EatDrinkFilms combining movie reviews with cocktail recipes. 

Please feel free to contact him here with all queries.




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