Learn How To Elevate Your Whiskey Sour

The Whiskey Sour is a cocktail whose mix of sweet and tart makes it a timeless classic. Like other whiskey drinks, such as the Old Fashioned and Sazerac, it dates back to the 19th century and is believed to have first been used as a remedy for sailors suffering from scurvy. Though the sour refers to the tangy lemon juice, some mistakenly think the "sour" refers to sour mash whiskey, such as Jack Daniel's. In fact, bourbon is the preferred whiskey.

Whiskey Sour Ingredients

  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • 3/4 oz Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 oz Maple Syrup

How To Make A Whiskey Sour

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Add bourbon, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and maple syrup to the shaker.
  3. Shake vigorously for about 10 seconds to chill the ingredients.
  4. Strain the mixture into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with a lemon slice or a maraschino cherry.

    To achieve the perfect frothy texture, consider using the "dry shake" method. Shake the whiskey and lemon juice without ice first to emulsify the citrus oils, then add the ice and shake again. This technique creates a rich and velvety foam on top of the drink.

    Whiskey Sour Riff

    Experiment with different whiskey varieties, such as smoky single malt whisky or spicy rye, to discover a Whiskey Sour that suits your unique taste preferences. Or, elevate your Whiskey Sour by adding egg white before you shake it to make it a frothy Egg White Whiskey Sour.



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