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St. Nick Sour

A whiskey sour is such a legendary cocktail because it can be played around with in unimaginable ways. So, how about some almond syrup and a little orange juice in the sour? Yes, please! The St. Nick Sour uses these two unique ingredients to make up an equally unique cocktail.

This concoction is believed to have been invented by Jeff Berry for a holiday issue of the Imbibe magazine. The drink offers rich yet light and refreshing citrus flavors with the sweetness of almond and whiskey. 


Orgeat is a classic almond based syrup which is used popularly in cocktails like the Mai Tai, Trinidad sour and Scorpion among so many others. It’s pronounced as “or-zhat”. The orgeat offers strong sweet and nutty flavors. Although, depending upon the brand or the recipe used, the flavors may vary a little. As per bartender Jim Meehan, there are two types of orgeats. The sweeter ones which are used with rum and vodka drinks while the more nutty ones are used with whiskey and brandy. 

It is interesting to note that the orgeat wasn’t always an almond flavored syrup. It is said to be originally made with barley and the name orgeat came from an old French word meaning barley water. However, as the almond began offering a better taste, it substituted the barley in the drink. Although, an orgeat isn’t limited to almonds. There are several other nuts like peanuts and pistachios and many more which are used in the recipe.

Try out some of the orgeat recommendations we have for you :

  • Small Hands Orgeat, from $15.99, is a French style almond syrup which is made from California almonds topped with delicate floral notes. This can be your go to orgeat for any cocktail.
  • B.G. Reynolds Orgeat, from $12.99, is another famous Orgeat used in many cocktails. It offers a strong sweetness from the almonds without overpowering your palate.
  • Latitude 29 orgeat, from $16.50, is one of the favorites among orgeat lovers because of the marzipan and floral notes it offers with a delicate, clear finish.


A good bourbon whiskey is the key to make a flavorful and rich St. Nick Sour. Check out our whiskey recommendations to choose just the right one for you. Here are the ingredients for the St. Nick Sour:

  • Bourbon whiskey – 3 ounces
  • Orgeat (almond syrup) – 1 ounce
  • Fresh lemon juice – 2 ounce
  • Orange juice – 1 ounce
  • Ice cubes and orange peel for garnish 


  1. Throw the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously until the shaker is cold from outside.
  2. Strain the drink in a tumbler glass with ice cubes.
  3. Garnish with an orange peel and serve.

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