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FLOCKTAILS RD. III: Northern Sour and The Old Birch

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FLOCKTAILS RD. III: Northern Sour and The Old Birch

Kate Sommers

You know when you have two really good ideas, but you can't decide which one you like more, but you have to chose one? Thankfully this is our blog, so we can do what we want, so two it is! The first combines everything I love: whiskey, wine (stay with me now) and and egg white. I am cah-razy for flips and have recently really gotten into drinking a New York Sour on Friday nights, which is the inspiration for this here drink. Using mostly Midwest ingredients, I've taken the liberty of renaming this little-known classic The Northern Sour. The second is the Minnesota not-so-nice version of an Old Fashioned, again subbing in ingredients grown or purveyed in the North Land, and taking a bit of liberty with the spirit. Skål to the season that brings us together, that stretches our wallets and waist bands, and that pushes our livers to their limits!

The Northern Sour
A wine spiked Whiskey Sour made with the best of the Midwest




  • 1 egg white*
  • 4 ounces Border Bourbon Whiskey
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 ounce Minnesota maple syrup (I love Sapsucker Farms
  • 1 ounce full-bodied red wine
  • Shaker
  • Ice
  • 2 coupe glasses
  • Soup or tea-spoon
  • half moon lemon slice (for garnish)

           *optional, but highly recommended    


  1. Dry shake** the egg white, bourbon, lemon juice and maple syrup until frothy (about a minute) 
  2. Add ice and shake until very cold, about 15 seconds
  3. Strain equal amounts into 2 coupe glasses, leaving a 1/8" of headspace for the wine float
  4. Place spoon convex side up and pour wine slowly over the spoon, floating the wine above each glass
  5. Garnish with a lemon slice
  6. Drink with gusto.

          **Dry shaking is done with out ice, just the liquid. Eggs notoriously froth                     better when they're warm (unlike cream) take note


Old Birch 
Not your Grandma's go-to. A slice of mandarin, maple syrup, cranberries and bitters are muddled together before adding Minnesota rum to create this delicious twist on a traditional cocktail.



  • 2 slices mandarin orange
  • 1/2 dropper Easy and Oskey Cherry Vanilla Bitters
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 4 cranberries
  • 2 ounces Far North Spirits Ålander Spiced Rum
  • 1 Old Fashioned Glass
  • Ice (one large cube if possible)


  1. In an Old Fashioned Glass, muddle together 1 slice of orange, 3 cranberries, maple syrup and bitters
  2. Discard orange rind
  3. Add rum and fill glass with ice
  4. Garnish with remaining mandarin slice and cranberry
  5. Drink slowly (this may prove to be challenging)
  6. This one packs a punch