Taste (5/10) – Real sour. There is some sweet in here but it is overshadowed by the sour. Everything is. Tart and fresh.
Presentation (4/5) – Looks lovely. Light straw color. Bright pop of the maraschino cherry. Not much foam.
Balance (3/5) – Sour is the dominant note on this one. Lots of ice also subdues everything.
Correctness (4/5) – Almost there! Only thing missing is the orange peel. Lemon slice is close but not quite there.
Delivery (2/x) – Simple and friendly. Asked if I wanted the egg white.
Total (18/25) – This was a good Whiskey Sour, and I’m not going to disparage that. It wasn’t a great or amazing one. But, it was an ACTUAL Whiskey Sour and that appears to be something of a rarity here in Yolo County so I’m going to recognize it. Not the best I’ve had so, far from the worst though.
Balance (4/5) – Nice tasting cocktail. Sweet with a smoky, sour finish.
Correctness (3/5) – No egg white. Good house made sour mix. Two garnishes. Lemon peel instead of orange. Splash of smoked bitters instead of normal. Bartender asked if I wanted to try that.
Delivery (3/x) – Very friendly. Talked with me about the drink and the bar.
Total (19/25) – This wasn’t an absolutely correct Whiskey Sour, but unlike many of the other incorrect sours I’ve had since starting this project this one tasted good. And, that’s always the most important part of your cocktail, Does it taste good? If it doesn’t you need to go back and start over. This was a nice stop and a nice drink.
Taste (9/10) – This is good. Sour on top with a smooth, sweet finish. Tastes great. The mouthfeel is there.
Presentation (4/5) – In the correct glassware, asked if I wanted it on ice. Had the garnish (mostly.)
Balance (4/5) – Good balance. Everything works together to make an enjoyable drink.
Correctness (4/5) – Correct! Whiskey, lemon juice, simple syrup, with a protein binder! The bartender asked if I wanted an egg white or their vegan alternative – aquafaba (chickpea water.) Only thing missing was the orange peel.
Delivery (3/x) – Spoke with me about the drink. How he was making it, if I wanted to it with aquafaba or egg white, what aquafaba was. Had a taster straw and tasted the drink throughout.
Total (24/25) – Finally, an actual Whiskey Sour. Finally, a drink I’d order again! This was the perfect drink for a hot late summer day. Cool and refreshing with a nice sour tang. The score might be inflated, but that is only because this is the first actual Whiskey Sour I’ve ordered since starting this!
Preserve is a great restaurant in Winters, CA right on the western edge of Yolo County. Their menu always has something delicious on it and you can’t order anything until after you have the fresh bread and jalapeno jelly. Their bar is well stocked and staffed by knowledgeable tenders. Which must be why when I ordered my Whiskey Sour they knew how to make it and how to alter it. I already like Preserve but now, after this cocktail, I love it.
Taste (4/10) – Tastes like cheap whiskey and sour mix. Strange acerbic aftertaste that lingers.
Presentation (2/5) – Cloudy straw. In actual glassware, a little too much ice and no garnish.
Balance (2/5) – Too much liquor. There is some sour, but I wouldn’t call it lemon.
Correctness (1/5) – Incorrect. This was equal parts liquor and sour mix. No egg, no garnish, not shaken.
Delivery (1/x) – Nothing. Bartender was friendly but just poured the drinks.
Total (10/15) – Again, just a terrible drink. Not a whiskey sour.
I’ve always enjoyed Sophia’s. I have several fond memories centered there from my time in college, from competing in their trivia night to just hanging out with friends. The food is good, the location is nice, and the bartenders and staff have always been friendly.