National Whiskey Sour Day
August 25th happens to be Whiskey Sour Day, to celebrate, we will be making this delicious classic cocktails and we hope you can join us! The Whiskey Sour is probably the most famous of the sour family, and can be made with whatever your favourite whisk(e)y is.
First recorded in print in 1862, although it would have been around many years before that, as the Whiskey Sour in its most basic form is simply an evolution of Punch, the original mixed drink. The concept of the ‘Sour’ at its core; spirit, sugar and citrus, is the formula for many of the world’s greatest cocktails such as the Daiquiri and Margarita. Finding the perfect balance of tart and sweet in a ‘Sour’ allows the flavours of your favourite whisk(e)y to shine in a longer format recipe.
The common inclusion of egg white (or aquafaba) and bitters these days, adds mouthfeel and a little more complexity to the drink. However, if you want to stick to just the three core ingredients, that will still make a fine drink if perfectly balanced.
How to make a Whiskey Sour
Ingredients you’ll need to make a Whiskey Sour :
- 2 parts Whisk(e)y
- 1 part Lemon Juice
- 1/2 part Rich Simple Syrup
- 1 Small Egg White
- 2-3 dashes Angostura Bitters
How to Make:
- Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker
- Shake ingredients without ice (dry shake) to whip up a rich foam. You can add the spring from a Hawthorn Strainer to help froth the ingredients.
- Add ice to the shaker with the frothy ingredients. (Remove the Hawthorn spring first, if you used one).
- Shake hard and fine strain into a cocktail glass or lowball glass.
- Add ice to glass if serving in a lowball glass
- Garnish with a twist of lemon and a Maraschino cherry, if you like them.
If you are making Whiskey Sours, we’re assuming you have a bottle of Whisk(e)y at hand. However, if you’re looking for inspiration and need some recommendations of what Whisk(e)y to buy, we’ve created a list of our favourite Whisk(e)ys from around the world.
The guide below can help you calculate how many bottles of Whisk(e)y you might need, depending on how many drinks you want to make!
You have a bottle of Whisk(e)y, now what?
Wherever it comes from, however you spell it, and whatever your preference is, there’s more you can do with Whisk(e)y than respectfully sip it neat or on the rocks.
When making cocktails at home, we can’t forget about the glassware! Although glassware isn’t technically a garnish, it has a huge impact on the overall look and experience of the drink. Check out the essential barware glasses guide to get started, that will cover most drinks.
As always, don’t forget to show us what you made by tagging us!
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