The Whiskey sour is a delicious, classic cocktail with just the right amount of sweetness and tang to balance out your liquor, helping this versatile drink to always go down smoothly.
It is also one of the easiest drinks to make.
Some people take whiskey and add a store bought sweet and sour mix, but we assure you that there is a much more delicious way to enjoy your drink. Instead of a cheap mix full of artificial ingredients, use fresh lemon juice and simple syrup. It may be a little bit more work, but it makes all the difference.
The whiskey sour has undergone several facelifts over the years, before bartenders settled on the bourbon, simple syrup and lemon juice recipe.
People used to mix in egg whites, which might sound a little strange but is actually delicious and is definitely worth a try. The egg whites are a lot less scary than they sound and will not affect the drink's flavor, although they will make it smooth, creamy and frothy.
If you want to try this variation, add all the ingredients plus a couple teaspoons of egg whites to a shaker without ice and shake vigorously for a little longer than usual.
The goal is to create an emulsion, so that your drink gets creamy, and this is much easier to do when your ingredients are not ice cold. After shaking, add ice and shake one more time, following the remainder of the recipe.
With egg whites, this drink takes on a life of its own, and is called a Boston sour.
Here is the recipe, courtesy of Liquor.com:
.75 oz Fresh lemon juice
.75 oz Simple syrup (one part water, one part sugar)
1.5 oz Bourbon
1 Cherry and/or lemon wedge (optional)
Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice.
Shake then strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice.
Garnish with a cherry and/or lemon wedge if desired.