If I am going to have an alcoholic beverage, I much prefer a mixed drink to a glass of wine or bottle of beer. In our family, my dad is the drink maker. There's great irony in this because my dad never drinks.
The king of alcoholic beverages in our family is Dad's Whiskey Sour. It's orange-y, filled with Southern Comfort, and sweetened with sugar and maraschino cherries.
Now, a REAL whiskey sour is made like this:
1 1/2 oz whiskey
1 1/2 oz lemon juice
3/4 oz sugar syrup
maraschino cherry for garnish
Pour the bourbon, lemon juice, and sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain into a chilled sour glass. Garnish with the cherry.
But my father makes a whiskey sour like this:
In a blender, mix together OJ and Southern Comfort on a 2 to 1 ratio (2 parts OJ to 1 very generous part Southern Comfort). Add sugar to taste and drizzle a little maraschino cherry juice into the mixture. Blend well; serve on the rocks.
My dad's drink is more sweet than sour. It makes you feel all warm and sleepy after drinking a few of these bad boys.
Side note: my roommate in college was from Japan and she came to our house for Thanksgiving dinner one year. My dad made a batch of Southern Comfort Sours and after drinking one, my poor roommate got so intoxicated that she forgot how to speak English. True story.
Everyone who drinks in my family has had Dad's Southern Comfort Sours, and we're always glad to indulge. They're deliciousness of yum in a glass!