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As thoughts turn to romance and Valentine’s Day a drink like the Sandeman Sour is perfect for sharing and sure to get the sparks flying. The ingredients are readily available, it’s easy to make and you can tailor it to your taste. Port replaces whiskey, which decreases the alcohol content, and it offers the ideal balance between sweet and tart. The recipe was created by Jason Littrell of New York City’s JBird.

Sandeman Sour
3/4 parts raspberry syrup* 
3/4 parts fresh lemon juice 
1 1/2 parts Sandeman Founders Reserve Porto
1/2 part apple brandy 
Top with 2-3 parts dry apple cider

Pour all ingredients in a shaker, except cider. Shake vigorously and strain into a Collins glass. Top with cider, garnish with raspberries and dust with nutmeg.

*In a medium saucepan combine 4 cups sugar and 1 quart of water. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar has dissolved. In another saucepan, muddle a small container of raspberries (about 6 ounces) and combine the syrup and raspberries. Let rest for up to a day. Keeps for about a month.

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