How to make a Fortunella Sour cocktail

By Rebecca Weller

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This week’s Drinks Masterclass features a Fortunella Sour cocktail from London-based Opium Cocktail Bar & Dim Sum Parlour.

Located in Chinatown, in the City of Westminster, the bar, which is number 24 ​on the Top 50 Cocktail Bars List​, sells some 300 Fortunella  Sours per month.

The drink provides operators with a target gross profit of 75%, costing around £2.44 to create and retailing at £9.77.

Fresh and crisp 

Opium bartender and creator of the serves base ingredient, Fortunella Liqueur, Lukas Stafin, described the serve as “easy to make with a great taste”, featuring fresh and crisp kumquat flavours with a sour style.

He continued: “This cocktail is outstanding with the sour style. For anyone who drinks sour serves, this cocktail will be a new addition to night out.

“It’s also a good alternative to Amaretto sours. Fortunella Liqueur is very pleasant to the palate and easy to drink with 36% ABV but not too sweet, with only 11% of sugar per litre, which is lowest in Liqueur category.”

Stafin added consumers are increasingly looking for cocktails ​with quality ingredients alongside experiential offerings.

New flavours 

He said: “Guests have learned the best experience comes with a high-quality product and are happy to spend more on outstanding food and drinks.

“They look for new flavours and new ingredients. Fortunella Liqueur is a in the category of premium liqueurs, and that can be seen in cocktails made with it, for example, Fortunella Margarita or Fortunella Sour.

“Fortunella Liqueur is natural product, without any acids or essences added. It's super easy to make cocktails ​with it. I highly recommend playing with it, using egg whites or foaming bitters, or even protein powder.”

Let's get into it...




Equipment required:
  • Shaker
  • Strainer
  • 50ml Fortunella Golden Orange Liqueur 
  • 25ml Lemon juice
  • 10ml sugar syrup
  • 1ml Miraculous Foamer or egg white
  • Dehydrated orange to garnish (optional) 
  • Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice
  • Shake well
  • Double strain into a chilled Nick & Nora glass
  • Garnish with a slice of dehydrated lemon on a skewer if using and serve


If you have any drinks recipes or top tips to share as part of The Morning Advertiser's Drinks Masterclass series please contact rebecca.weller@wrbm.com​​​​​​​​​. ​​

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