The Whiskey Sour is probably the most popular of all the sour drinks and rightfully so, it is a great cocktail. It is sour, yes, but the sweetness of some whiskeys and the simple syrup tend to offset and certainly compliment the tartness.
Fresh lemon juice is key for the best Whiskey Sour and the choice of whiskey will create a different cocktail depending on style and brand. If you add soda to this drink (or any sour) you will have a Collins, learn the difference.
As some reviewers have pointed out, a more traditional recipe for a Whiskey Sour includes egg white. This does tend to tame the sourness of the drink and make it a bit smoother as well. The use of raw egg is a matter of choice and has fallen out of favor for many drinkers given the potential for salmonella. If you are going to opt for the raw egg, read these tips on using eggs in cocktails.
There are a few variations below the recipe.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Yield: 1 Cocktail
- Pour the whiskey, lemon juice, and sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
- Shake well.
- Strain into a chilled sour glass.
- Garnish with the cherry.
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You can also switch the base liquor for a different sour experience. Common variations include a Absinthe Sour, Amaretto Sour, Apple Sour, Apricot Sour, Canadian Club Sour, Frisco Sour, Gin Sour, Grand Marnier Sour, Kahlua Sour, Midori Sour, Pisco Sour, Rum Sour, Scotch Sour, Tequila Sour, UK Sour, and Vodka Sour.
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