Canelli Sour

Stacey Swenson, Dante | New York City

Bitter Sour Cocktail Recipe

Stacey Swenson, head bartender at New York’s Dante, pulls from the family of Italian red bitters in her Canelli Sour. Building on a base of Contratto Bitter and tequila, plus grapefruit and lemon juices, Swenson dresses the summer-ready flavors for fall in this frothy sour.


Serving: 1

  • 1 ounce Contratto Bitter
  • 1 ounce tequila
  • 1/4 ounce lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 ounce vanilla syrup (see Editor's Note)
  • 1 egg white
  • 3 drops 18.21 Tart Cherry & Saffron Bitters

  1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker and dry shake.
  2. Add ice and shake until chilled.
  3. Strain into a chilled coupe.
Editor's Note

Vanilla Syrup:
1 vanilla bean
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar

Split the vanilla bean in half, lengthwise, and combine it with the sugar and water in a small saucepan. Warm over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved and set aside to cool. Remove the vanilla bean and store, refrigerated.

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