Drink of the Week: Bowl Incline’s Sour Strike | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Drink of the Week: Bowl Incline’s Sour Strike

This week's featured drink is Bowl Incline’s Sour Strike.
Robert Galloway/Tahoe Daily Tribune

In our Drink of the Week segment, we’ll showcase one unique type of beer, wine, cocktail — you name it — to try at one of the countless breweries, bars and restaurants from around the basin.

Craft cocktails and smoke shows happening at a bar inside a bowling alley? Yes. Bowl Incline even has very cleverly named cocktails for each of their concoctions – although, as far as visually stunning cocktails goes, this one bowls a perfect 300. 

But, before we get to the fun presentation of this cocktail let’s talk about the ingredients. Lemon vodka, lemon, elderflower liqueur, and gum syrup is the team attacking the lane. They are shaken and double strained into a martini glass. Then the fun happens. 

I’m not going to attempt to explain exactly how it’s done (mainly because I have no idea), but a large bubble of smoke is placed over the top of this drink creating a magic dome reminiscent of a snow globe. A little lemon zest shaved over the top then explodes the bubble releasing the smoke and like a magician appearing out of thin air, your drink appears. 

Now, full disclosure: if this bar is hopping, you may not get the complete presentation – they do have to keep those drinks flowing and customers happy. But, speaking of happy customers, this drink would definitely make you one. 

You get the citrus notes right off the top and the flavors are as well rounded as a bowling ball (pun absolutely intended). All the ingredients seem like they’re extremely happy playing together. The gum syrup, which is a little thicker than simple syrup, adds a little more structure to the mouth feel giving it a smoother drinkability.  

The tartness from the lemon against the grounded earthiness from the elderflower is a power duo. The vodka, backing up the citrus and supporting the punch of sweetness of the liqueur, holds everything together quite nicely. 

A couple of these and you might find yourself bowling your own perfect game. Well, perfect in the sense that your drink game will be on point. The bowling, maybe not so much, but at least you’ll have fun. 

Bowl Incline is located at 920 Southwood Blvd. in Incline Village. For menus, bowling, hours of operation, or general information visit them online at bowlincline.com or by phone at 775-831-1900. 

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around the Lake Tahoe Basin and beyond make the Tahoe Tribune's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.