Mon September 30th, 2002
Stone Sour (2002)
Corey “8” Taylor (2000-Present), vocals
James “4” Root (2000-Present), guitar
Josh Rand (2000-Present), guitar
Shawn Economaki (2000-Present), bass
Joel Ekman (2000-Present), drums
Stone Sour's namesake cocktail is a snap to make:

1 1/4 oz. whiskey (or the spirit of your choice), plus one splash each orange juice and sour mix. Shake over ice in a highball glass or strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and an orange slice.

Really intrepid drinkers may want to dabble in making their own sour mix. The recipe is fairly simple. You'll need:

1 egg white
1 cup sugar
2 cups water
2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice

Whisk the egg white in a medium bowl until it's frothy. Stir in the sugar. Add the water. Stir well. Add the lemon juice. Stir well. With a funnel, pour the mixture into a one-quart container and refrigerate. Can be used in any recipe calling for sour mix.

Fresh lemon juice is a must and bottled water is preferable. Remember to shake the sour mix if itąs been sitting for a while and donąt store it for more than five days. Drink up!

If you're over 21, that is.

If you aren't, or if you need to be behind the wheel, this zingy alternative will leave your taste buds (but not your gray matter) a-buzz:

Combine in a cocktail shaker:

8 ounces seltzer water
2 ounces Rose's Lime Water
4 tablespoons whiskey sour mix

Shake and strain into martini glass. Garnish with lime zest and a maraschino cherry.
Stone Sour
Though Corey Taylor and Jim Root have achieved much acclaim as two of the masked men in Slipknot, their musical relationship had much more conventional beginnings. Five years before Slipknot shifted into high gear, in 1992, Taylor and drummer Joel Ekman laid the groundwork for Stone Sour and recruited bassist Shawn Economaki. Working with a revolving door cast of guitarists, the group spent a few years gigging around the Des Moines club circuit. In 1995 Root signed on as the band's official guitarist and for the next two years, Stone Sour set its sights on making dynamic hard rock that combined explosive energy with deep emotional undercurrents.

But even the best-laid plans often go awry and by 1997 Taylor had exhausted his faith in Stone Sour. He left to join Slipknot, effectively ending Stone Sour. Root followed Taylor into the ranks of Slipknot a year later, and Economaki did the same, signing on as stage manager. Ekman wound up starting a family.

But it's hard to keep a good band down, and in 2000, three years after Stone Sour had called it quits, one of the myriad guitarists who had served in the outfit contacted Taylor. Josh Rand had been working on some songs of his own and when Taylor expressed an interest in collaborating, the duo was off and running. When the time came to hit the studio, Taylor and Rand re-assembled the original line-up and resurrected the band name. After much ado, Stone Sour finally released its self-titled debut on Roadrunner Records in 2002.
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