A Whiskey Sour Recipe For The 21st Century

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Whiskey is the ultimate manly drink, there’s no doubt about it whether it is your go-to poison or not, but even the biggest enthusiasts have a tough time drinking it during the hot summer days. That’s why we have a great solution for that in the form of Whiskey Sour, a not too flashy or feminine drink that can be enjoyed under the sun, but also indoors when there’s snow on the windows.

The Whiskey Sour cocktail gets a lot of undeserved hate, mostly because the bartenders from all around the world have deterred to far from the original recipe, inexplicably so, as it is a very easy, intuitive cocktail to make.

Even if you don’t have any experience in mixing you’ll have an easy, fun time making the Whiskey Sour mix.

Whiskey Sour Origin

The word “sour” in the name comes from the style of cocktails which are consisted of a spirit, citrus, and sugar, way back in the 19th century. And while the recipe was first written down then in 1862’s book The Bartender’s Guide by Jerry Thomas, a similar drink has been used for 100 years before it, mostly by British sailors. But as for most cocktails, its exact origin is unknown, and there are conflicting stories, but just remember to honor it on its own national day of August 25th.

Whiskey Sour Ingredients

– Whiskey (rye or bourbon)

– Lemons

– Simple syrup

– One egg

– Ice

Whiskey Sour Recipe Necessities

– Shaker

– Old Fashioned Glass

– Straws

– Jigger (or a shot glass with measuring lines)

How To Make Simple Syrup

Let’s first address the simple syrup, as people might back off from the whisky sour since they might not know where to buy this ingredient. But the best thing about it is that you don’t even have to buy it, you can make it yourself with sugar and water, as that’s what it is, so that’s why it’s called simple.

To make this syrup, which can last you for a month if you put it in a freezer, just take hot water, doesn’t even have to be boiling, let’s say half of cup, and pour it over half of cup of sugar. The ratio of sugar and water should be 1:1, so in mixing terms, one part sugar, one part water. Stirr the mix slowly until the sugar dissolves, and then let it cool off.

How to Make a Whiskey Sour

Start off by pouring two ounces of your spirit, so rye whiskey or bourbon, into the mixer. According to the original Whisky Sour recipe, it should be bourbon, but if you like rye whiskey more go with that certainly. Use whatever brand you like, it’s not as strict of a recipe as it is for the Dark and Stormy.

Squeeze fresh lemon juice from your lemons, this is imperative, as Whiskey Sour got its mediocre reputation because of a “sour mix” product that was used by lazy bartenders. Pour three-quarters of an ounce of simple syrup into the mixer, and the same amount of lemon juice.

Now take the egg, crack it open and pour just the egg white into the mixer, it will give the cocktail a nice, creamy texture. When you put an egg into a mixer you should shake it briefly without ice first in order for the liquid to become more consistant. Now add a handful of ice to the mixer and give it a proper shake.

Take an old-fashioned glass, fill it with ice, the bigger the pieces the better, and then proceed to pour the cocktail from the mixture, blocking out the ice you used with a strainer or something else.

A proper Whiskey Sour should be garnished with a slice of orange and a cherry speared with a cocktail toothpick. Put two short straws in it and the Whiskey Sour cocktail is done! It looks like a sweet White Russian but is as classic and as manly as a Martini.

So now that you know how to make a perfect Whiskey Sour start turning around its reputation, one sip at a time.

Check Another Classic Whiskey Cocktail That is the Old Fashioned.