Jefferson Sour

"I wanted to make a sour the oldest way possible, with sugar, not simple syrup," says California mixologist Jon Santer, "then put a spin on it with an old-fashioned ingredient like ruby port—port being a founding wine of this country." (It was a staple in Thomas Jefferson's wine cellar.) Slideshows:  Reinvented Classic Cocktails  

Total Time:
5 mins


  • 1 1/2 teaspoons superfine sugar

  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice

  • 2 ounces aged rum, preferably Dos Maderas P.X. 5 + 5

  • Ice

  • 3/4 ounce ruby port


  1. In a cocktail shaker, stir the sugar and lemon juice until the sugar dissolves. Add the rum, fill the shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled ice-filled double rocks glass and top with the ruby port.

Related Articles