The whiskey sour is a classic cocktail that continues its reign of popularity in bars around the world. The sour flavor of the lemon combines with the sweet sugar syrup and whiskey to make a drink that’s a symphony for the taste buds.
Although the whiskey sour is a simple drink to make, balancing the ingredients is the key to a winning beverage. Each brand of whiskey has a different level of sweetness so you may need to experiment with the ratios before you achieve the perfect whiskey sour.
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Prep time: 1 minute.
What equipment you’ll need
- Glass (preferable short)
- 2 parts whiskey
- 1 part lemon juice
- 1 part sugar syrup
- Ice cubes
- Lemon peel and cherry to garnish
- Add the ice as well as all the ingredients into a shaker and shake hard for about 30 seconds.
- Drop a few ice cubes into a short glass.
- Strain the shaken mix into the glass and garnish with the lemon peel and cherry.
Tips for improving a whiskey sour
- Instead of adding 1 part sugar syrup, change this to ½ part sugar syrup and ½ part egg white. This will add a creamy texture to your cocktail.
- Use fresh lemon juice rather than the bottled option. Squeezing lemon juice take more effort but the taste will be superior.
- Add soda to the glass to make a Collins.
- For larger gatherings, it may be tempting to buy a pre-made sour mix. A better option is to pre-squeeze the lemons and combine with sugar syrup to make a tastier, homemade sour mix.
Best whiskey to use
An 80-proof bourbon is an excellent choice for a whiskey sour base. It’s the traditional option that’s been used for centuries. However, if you like a strong hitting drink, go for an overproof bourbon that will bring out the whiskey flavor.
For a smokey flavored whiskey sour, choose a scotch whiskey that isn’t your best bottle of single malt. Go for a blended scotch such as Famous Grouse that will offer smokey flavor at a reasonable price.