Tried the good old Whisky Sour with a dash of egg white? Love it? Great! Now let the mixologist within, out! There is a recipe out there waiting to charm your taste buds. Experiment with different ingredients, and raise your glass to the countless possibilities that await you on your Whisky Sour journey. And you never know, you may create your new favourite drink of choice.
The first known mention of the classic cocktail goes back to 1862, by Jerry Thomas. Sailors, deprived of clean water during long voyages, turned to spirits like rum and whisky, and the addition of lemon provided a much-needed source of Vitamin C to combat disease.
The cocktail made its way to the shores of the United States and continues to be popular today. Bartenders often add egg white for a foam texture, and variations like the New York Sour, topped with red wine, have emerged.
Today, the Whisky Sour has withstood the test of time! One would imagine the timeless James Bond, ordering a perfectly crafted concoction while navigating a game of poker, or the iconic Don Draper from Mad Men, elegantly sipping on it, during his moments of introspection. Simply put, this libation has graced our screens and pages of entertainment!
While the cocktail remains a classic, why limit ourselves to just one rendition? Allow us to introduce you to some interesting recipes, that may pique your interest!
Brace yourselves for a gustatory adventure, as we spice up the good old whisky sour!
5 cocktails to try if you love a whisky sour
- 4 tbsp pisco
- 2 tbsp lime juice
- 1 tbsp simple syrup (Combine equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan, heat over medium, whisk until sugar dissolves, and cool to room temperature.)
- 1 egg white
- For the garnish: 3 dashes bitters
- Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
- Shake without ice for 15 seconds.
- Add ice to the cocktail shaker.
- Shake again for 30 seconds.
- Strain the mixture into a glass.
- Garnish as desired.
- Voila! Enjoy your cocktail.
- 45 ml (1 1/2 oz.) bourbon
- 22.5 ml (3/4 oz.) freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 15 ml (1/2 oz.) fruity cognac, like Remy Martin
- 7.5 ml (1/4 oz.) simple syrup
- Twist of orange peel, for garnish
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Combine all ingredients except the orange peel in the shaker.
- Shake the mixture thoroughly.
- Strain the mixture into a glass filled with ice.
- Garnish the cocktail with an orange twist.
Gold Rush Cocktail
- 60 ml (2 oz.) bourbon
- 22.5 ml (3/4 oz.) fresh lemon juice
- 22.5 ml (3/4 oz.) rich honey syrup
- In a shaker filled with ice, combine all the ingredients.
- Shake the mixture until chilled, approximately for 15 seconds.
- Strain the mixture into a rocks glass, over one large ice cube.
Lychee Sour (Whisky Sour, with a Lychee Twist)
- 50ml whisky
- 12.5ml fresh lemon juice
- 10ml sugar syrup
- 50ml lychee juice
- Garnish with lemon zest
- Place all the ingredients and ice in a shaker.
- Shake until chilled.
- Pour the drink into a rocks glass filled with ice.
- Garnish the cocktail with lemon zest.
The Scottish Dream
For the cinnamon syrup
- 240 ml (1 cup) sugar
- 1 stick cinnamon
For the cocktail
- 45 ml (1 1/2 oz.) blended whiskey
- 30 ml (1 oz.) grapefruit juice
- 15 ml (1/2 oz.) cinnamon syrup
- 15 ml (1/2 oz.) lemon juice
- 2 dashes of Black Mission Fig bitters
- Prepare the cinnamon syrup (In a saucepan, bring the sugar and cinnamon stick to a boil with one cup of water. Remove from heat and let it sit until cool.)
- In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake all the ingredients.
- Strain the mixture into a tumbler filled with fresh ice.