Dating back to the 16th century, the Whiskey Sour has been making rounds with drinkers looking for a sweet and sour combination.
From helping prevent scurvy to inspiring authors like Fitzgerald and Hemmingway, the Whiskey Sour is an easy to mix cocktail that’s a perfect example of minimalism.
The classic cocktail uses just three ingredients: whiskey, simple syrup, and lemon juice. With its simplicity, quality matters. If the sweet or sour is out of balance the whole drink will be a flop. In fact, the drink fell out of favor due to overly sweet and chemical mixers. That said, when made using a high end, or house made mix it’s easy to see why it’s still a classic.
Mix up a classic to celebrate this National Whiskey Sour Day (9/25)!
- 1 1/2 oz. Whiskey
- 1 oz. Simple Syrup
- 3/4 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
Preparation: Combine in a shaker with ice, shake well, strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with a slice of lemon, top with Maraschino cherry.
Courtesy of Virgil Kaine’s Lowcountry Whiskey
- 2 oz. Virgil Kaine Robber Baron Rye Whiskey
- 2 oz. Turmeric Sour Mix*
Preparation: Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake for 30 seconds. Strain into your glass of choice on the rocks.
*Turmeric Sour Mix
- 1 Lime
- 1 Lemon
- 1 inch Piece of Turmeric
- 1/4 cup Pineapple
- 5 splashes of Acid Phosphate
- 3/4 oz. Arabic Gum Syrup
Preparation: Blend all ingredients until smooth and strain through mesh.
By New York Mixologist Pamela Wiznitzer
- 1 3⁄4 parts Baker’s Bourbon
- 1⁄2 part Amaro Averna
- 3⁄4 part Cola Syrup*
- 6 dashes Angostura Bitters
- 3⁄4 part Fresh
- Lemon Juice
- 1 Egg White
Preparation: Combine Baker’s Bourbon, Amaro Averna, Cola Syrup, 3 dashes Angostura Bitters, fresh lemon juice and the egg white in a shaker without ice and shake vigorously. Once shaken, add ice and shake vigorously once more. Strain over fresh ice in a lowball glass and garnish with a lemon peel and three dashes of Angostura Bitters.
- 1 can or bottle of Craft Cola
Preparation: Pour one can or bottle of craft cola into a pan and heat on low. Allow to simmer and reduce for 10 minutes until it attains a syrup consistency. Remove and allow to cool.