I used to know a barman called Stelios Sourmelis in my country Cyprus who boasted to the customers of the bar at the Forest Park Hotel where he worked that he had invented our unofficial national cocktail, Brandy Sour.
The sensational twist to this amusing (to us) story is that King Farouk of Egypt visited Cyprus often in those days to relax in the cool climate of our beautiful mountain, Troodos and the creation of the pioneering drink was meant to disguise the alcohol, as his Majesty was Moslem.
The colorful Stelios and his family were our next door neighbours and close friends. He has passed away but I know his children and I will ask for more information about the veracity of this story as it’s fascinating…..I just consulted wikipedia. Yes, the story I remember and just related to you is mentioned but the writer of the post omits the name of the inventor. A great omission, for sure! I will try and edit this wiki page as a tiny contribution honouring Stelios’ legacy!
I bet other barmen envy the more creative chefs behind the bar. It’s a creative vocation. So much that one of these guys and gals invented a cocktail called envy shown in the above photo!
Here’s the recipe for Brandy Sour:
- 5 cl (two parts) Cyprus brandy
- 2.5 cl (one part) lemon squash
- 2-4 drops of bitters
- Top with carbonated water