Recipe: Whiskey Sour

Now that we’ve addressed Jim Beam bourbon, it only seems appropriate for the Bartender to document the classic recipe it might as well have been custom-designed for – the Whiskey Sour.

Note that the recipe specifies bourbon whiskey; this is not an arbitrary designation.  The lemon juice helps to tamp down the sweetness and bring the sour notes of the whiskey to the forefront, while the syrup blunts its harshness.  Considering the complete and utter lack of subtlety in any of the base ingredients, the result is surprisingly complex.

The official recipe includes a dash of egg white in the ingredients, but there appears to be some debate as to whether or not it’s an optional inclusion; given that this is a blog dedicated to doing things for oneself rather than following tradition, the Bartender tried it and discovered that the only noticeable difference is cosmetic.  Therefore, the Bartender recommends that the aspiring mixologist weigh the pleasing aesthetics of the white foam at the top against the (admittedly small) possibility of poisoning from the raw egg, and choose accordingly.

Whiskey Sour

1 1/2 oz bourbon whiskey
1 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz simple syrup

Shake and strain over ice in a rocks glass.  Garnish with two maraschino cherries, or a cherry and an orange slice.

Source:  IBA Official Cocktail recipe

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About Ambrosia Rose

Professional drinker, blogger, storyteller, and critic. With a healthy dollop of sarcastic wit on the side.

Posted on 2 March 2011, in On the Rocks, Recipes, Whiskey-Based and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. This was one of those semi-mythical drinks for me. It’s kind of hard to explain, especially given that I never actually ordered one or found out what was actually in it, but it was a Sinatra-in-Vegas drink, kind of James Bond but without all the responsibility of saving the world. Glamorous, a little seedy maybe, but relaxed.

    • Oh dear. I hope I haven’t ruined the mystery for you now. :) If you like I’d be happy to make one for you, although I admit it’s not what comes to the forefront when I think of “drinks CJ would like”.

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