Arguably one of the best sour cocktails you’ll taste…
Get ready to fall in love with your new favourite cocktail a whiskey sour.
We’ve got to admit that we are not huge fans of whiskey, it’s really not our drink of choice but this perfect whiskey sour blew us away and we love it.
With the whiskey being mixed with lemon juice and simple syrup, then topped with the dreamy, velvety egg white topping, this is a cocktail drink that is full of flavour and looks sensational.
Impress your family and friends with this recipe by serving this amazing home made drink at your next party or celebration – it also makes for a really stylish wedding signature drink!
Where does it come from?
Nobody really knows where a whiskey sour came from and the true history of it, it was first written about in America in 1870 but it’s probably been around a lot longer.
It was a popular drink with sailors and was actually good for them too!
The original whiskey sour would be made of whiskey, lemon juice and a little water. It was the lemon juice that was good for them as it helped to combat scurvy.
Our whiskey sour recipe is a variation of the classic recipe, we’ve glammed our sour up for a stunning cocktail drink!
It’s one of those recipes that you’ll want to make again and again!
Welcome to the four ingredient cocktail
This perfect home made whiskey sour recipe uses just four ingredients; whiskey, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup (sugar syrup) and an egg white.
We’ve also used Angostura bitters and a cherry to garnish our whiskey sour but that’s totally optional.
Do I have to use egg whites?
No, you don’t have to use an egg white. The egg whites are used to create the foam top on the drink but you could use a cocktail foamer instead.
Egg whites are usually perfectly safe to add to your cocktails however if you are at all concerned about using them, then you could pasteurize them or you could use a cocktail foamer instead.
Pro tip for achieving the best frothy top on your cocktail
The secret is to dry shake the liquids for 30 seconds before you add in any ice. This is a key step as it makes the foam so silky and long-lasting, so make sure you shake it.
Is this cocktail vegan?
We’ve used egg whites in our recipe, but it’s super easy to make a vegan whiskey sour by using a vegan cocktail foamer instead.
Most whiskeys are vegan but we always advise that you check the label.
What’s the best whiskey to use?
We’ve used a bourbon whiskey for our cocktail which is the most popular whiskey to use.
What does it taste like?
It’s got a wonderful bourbon, citrus lemon flavor finished with the dreamy silky frothy topping.
Can I use bottled lemon juice?
Fresh lemon juice is always better than bottled, it’s just tastes so much better when added to drinks.
If you have no way of getting fresh lemon juice then yes, you can use bottled but it will slightly effect the flavor.
I don’t have lemon juice can I use lime juice instead?
Yes you can, the key is to make your drinks wit freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice and avoid using bottled juice if at all possible.
Do I need special equipment to make it?
You don’t need any expensive equipment, just a cocktail shaker, a Hawthorne strainer, a fine strainer and a glass to put your drink in.
What food goes well with this?
Cheddar cheese, gruyere cheese, dried fruit and of course you can always serve nuts with your whiskey sours.
How long does it take to make?
This is the best bit, you can be sipping on your whiskey sour cocktail in just 5 minutes – that’s right, it is so quick and easy!
How do I make it?
Want to know how to make a sour whiskey cocktail? Simply follow our easy instructions.
Get your cocktail shaker and add in 50ml of whiskey, next add 50ml of freshly squeezed lemon juice, now add 25ml of simple syrup (sugar syrup) and finally, if you are using one, 30g of egg white.
Firmly secure the top of your cocktail shaker and dry shake vigorously for approximately 30 seconds. It’s very important to dry shake as this is what acheives the wonderful frothy top.
Open up the top and then add ice, just a handful of ice cubes will do. Then once again firmly secure the top as it’s time to shake again, and shake vigorously for approximately 45 seconds.
Open the cocktail shaker place your Hawthorne strainer over the top and then carefully double strain the liquid into your glass.
If you like, garnish with Angostura bitters (you could also use orange bitters) and a maraschino cherry.
Now all you need to do is sit back and enjoy your whiskey sour drink!
Are there any other variations for this recipe?
There are a number of different whiskey sour recipes.
Try this recipe!
Ingredients: 50ml of whiskey, 50ml of freshly squeezed lemon juice and 25ml of simple syrup. Makes 1 serving.
Get your cocktail shaker filled with ice and then add in the whiskey, the lemon juice and then the simple syrup.
Secure the top and give it a good shake.
Get an old fashioned glass filled with ice and then strain it into the glass.
Garnish with a cherry or you could garnish your drinks with a lemon wheel. Enjoy!
Or you could turn your whiskey sour into a New York sour by simply adding red wine!
You’ll need 25ml of red wine and you make your whiskey sour as our recipe shows you and then using the back of a spoon, pour the red wine in slowly and it’ll rest on the top and look like a beautiful crimson layer.
We hope you love our whiskey sour recipe as much as we do, we think it rocks! Please do leave us a comment and let us know how you got on making your cocktails.
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If you’d like to try some more cocktails take a look at our other recipes.
- Lemon juicer
- Cocktail shaker
- Hawthorne strainer
- Fine strainer
- 50 ml Whiskey
- 50 ml Lemon juice
- 25 ml Simple syrup
- 30 g Egg white
- Angustura bitters optional
- Marischino cherry optional
- First, get your cocktail shaker and add in 50ml of bourbon whiskey
- Next, add 50ml of freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Now add 25ml of simple syrup
- Finally, add 30g of egg white
- Firmly secure the top of your cocktail shaker and dry shake vigorously for approximately 30 seconds. It's very important to dry shake as this is what acheives the wonderful frothy top
- Open up the top and then add in a handful of ice cubes. Then once again firmly secure the top and shake vigorously for approximately 45 seconds
- Open the cocktail shaker place your Hawthorne strainer over the top and then carefully double strain the liquid into your glass
- If you like, garnish with Angostura bitters and a maraschino cherry
- You now have a dreamy whiskey sour, cheers and enjoy!