Winter Sour Created In Partnership with ANGOSTURA® bitters

I’m here with a delicious seasonal cocktail recipe that I created with my friends at ANGOSTURA bitters.

Winter Sour with Angostura Bitters

For this recipe, I transformed the classic Whiskey Sour into a holiday sipper with fragrant cold-weather flavors like vanilla and cinnamon. The essential ingredient that provides balance and complexity to tie this drink together is ANGOSTURA® aromatic bitters.

Winter Sour Angostura Bitters

ANGOSTURA aromatic bitters is known for its transformative role in traditional cocktails such as the Old Fashioned and Manhattan, but a few dashes of ANGOSTURA’s iconic bouquet of herbs and spices also takes holiday cocktails to the next level. Check out my recipe below – it’s a guaranteed party favorite.

The Winter Sour


  • 1 oz Calvados
  • 1 oz Bourbon
1/2 oz vanilla cinnamon simple syrup*
1/2 oz spiced pear liqueur
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 3-4 dashes ANGOSTURA aromatic bitters
  • Cinnamon stick, for garnish
  • Lemon zest, for garnish

Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake with ice. Double strain the drink into a rocks glass over crushed ice. Garnish with a lemon twist and fresh grated cinnamon (optional).

*How to Make Vanilla Cinnamon Simple Syrup

1 cup water
2 cups brown sugar
1-2 vanilla bean pods
3-4 cinnamon sticks

Split vanilla bean pods lengthwise and scrape the seeds out. In a medium saucepan, combine water, vanilla bean pods (and seeds), broken-up cinnamon sticks, and brown sugar. Bring to a light simmer for 5-10 minutes, and gently stir to dissolve the sugar. Remove the syrup from heat and let it cool before straining out the solids and storing in a glass jar in the refrigerator.

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