Old Sour: In the Kitchen + From the Bar
At Fodder & Shine, we celebrate the culinary ways of the South. From the kitchen to the bar, we incorporate traditional ingredients into modern interpretations of the classic recipes that your grandma (or your grandma's grandma) made through the generations. One of those ingredients is old sour.
If you're a Florida native, you may be familiar with old sour. You've also probably seen it dotting the tables at Fodder & Shine alongside other condiments. But, just what is it? Old sour, which originated in Key West and the Bahamas, is a fermented sauce made from lime juice, salt, and a chili pepper (traditionally, a bird pepper). The sauce perfectly pairs with fresh conch and fish, but we've found several other ways to use it at Fodder & Shine.
In the kitchen, we mix it with butter and fresh herbs and brush the mixture on our grilled grouper. It also provides an acidic component in our black eyed pea and datil pepper spread. At the bar, old sour goes into the Son of the War Eagle cocktail, and most recently, in the Smoked Tomato Bloody Mary. No matter the interpretation, old sour provides our recipes with a citrusy, acidic kick that we (and hopefully you) love!