Whisky Sour Recipe

The Cocktail Society's Whisky recipe. Learn how to make an Whisky Sour with our expert mixologists.
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Method

Shake

Glass

Rocks

Category

Whisky

WHISKY SOUR RECIPE INGREDIENTS

50ml Whisky
7.5ml Simple Syrup
25ml Lemon Juice
1 Egg White (see below for tips if you don’t want to use egg white)

HOW TO MAKE A WHISKY SOUR COCKTAIL

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with cubed ice.

Shake well for 10-20 seconds, until the shaker frosts on the outside.

Strain into a rocks glass with cubed ice.a

Garnish with a lemon wheel.

GARNISH

Lemon Wheel

TELL US ABOUT THE WHISKY SOUR COCKTAIL

Sour cocktails are some of the oldest on the block.

The first sour cocktail recipe was listed in Jerry Thomas’ 1862 “The Bartenders Guide”.

The first recipes included in this were for a Brandy and a Gin sour.

Sours are usually made with the following mix:

Base Spirit – in this instance Whisky.

Lemon Juice – we’d recommend always using freshly squeezed lemon if possible

Sweetener – usually sugar or a sugary syrup.

(Not sure how to make this? Check out our guide covering how to make simple syrup.)

And lastly, something to create that classic foam topping.

The foam can be achieved by vigorous shaking but is traditionally made using egg whites. When shaken this emulsifies, creating the iconic creamy texture of a Whisky Sour cocktail.

It’s worth noting – in general egg whites are safe in cocktails, but do ensure that the eggs are reputably sources and quality stamped.

Most pro bartenders will tell you that the acidity of the lemon juice will kill any potential nasties in the egg.

Egg White Alternatives

Don’t want to use egg white?

You could try aquafaba.

This is the liquid contained in cans of chickpeas.

It’s a viscous substance, which means it’s a perfect mimic for the properties of egg white.

Natural and vegan, this makes a great alternative to egg whites.

Or, if that’s not your thing you could buy a foamer like Mrs Betters Bitters.

It’ll do as good a job as an egg white (if not better) and like aquafaba it’s vegan and gluten free.

EXPERT TIP

Choose your whisky with care.

If you’re looking for a smooth and light sour where the lemon and sugar flavours are highlighted? Go for a bourbon like Haig Club.

Whereas if you really want to taste the whisky, then we’d recommend a peaty-er, smokier flavour like Laphroaig.

The best way to decide which variation is your favourite? Try them all! Just ensure to take lots of breaks between drinks.

WHAT TO TRY NEXT?

Once you’ve sampled the best Whisky sour recipe variations, try an Amaretto Sour.

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