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posted: 12/03/21

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This Whiskey Sour Recipe is the ultimate classic whiskey cocktail recipe! It’s delicious, easy to put together, and needs to be a part of your life!

the best whiskey sour recipe garnished with an orange and cherry

Happy Friday, friends! I’m so excited about this cocktail. It’s perfect for a Friday night after a long week. This is the best whiskey sour recipe! It combines a tangy bite of lemon with the sweetness of simple syrup and a frothy egg white mixture you’ll want to make again and again.

How to Make a Whiskey Sour

  1. Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Give the cocktail shaker a good shake. This is what makes for that nice frothy top on a whiskey sour.
  3. Add a large ice cube each to two cocktail glasses. We love this ice cube tray to make them.
  4. Strain the cocktails into the cocktail glasses. This will keep broken up ice cubes from getting into the drink and watering it down as it sits.
  5. Garnish the cocktails. I love to do this with an orange wedge and a cherry for each cocktail.
frothy glass of the best whiskey sour recipe garnished with an orange and cherry

Whiskey Sour Ingredients

  • Quality Whiskey. Knob Creek small batch is the best value for your money and in my opinion the best whiskey for a whiskey sour.
  • Lemon juice. Fresh lemon juice is always my preference for making cocktails, but jarred lemon juice will work in a pinch.
  • Simple Syrup. The simple combination of water and sugar together over heat makes simple syrup. This is an easy ingredient that is used in so many classic cocktails.
  • Egg whites are what give the best whiskey sour it’s signature foamy top, and sometimes labels it Boston Sour depending on who you ask. If you are concerned about using raw eggs, look for pasteurized eggs.
overhead view of two whiskey sours

Sour Cocktails

In general, cocktails that are labeled sour are made with simple syrup and lemon juice or sour mix. They get their sour from lemon (and lime) juice and then balance it really beautifully with simple syrup (the combination of water and sugar) or something else sweet. In some cocktails, the liqueur being used can be sweet enough to balance it.

There are so many varieties of them. Here are a few others I really love.

Whiskey Sour Variations

If you remove the egg white and add in red wine, you get a New York Sour. It is truly delicious.

If you remove the simple syrup and add grenadine, you get a wonderful Cherry Whiskey Sour also known as a Ward 8.

two whiskey sours in front of a bottle of knob creek

Other Classic Whiskey Cocktails

the best whiskey sour recipe garnished with an orange and cherry
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Whiskey Sour Recipe

Serves: 2 cocktails
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Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
This Whiskey Sour Recipe is the ultimate classic whiskey cocktail recipe! It’s delicious, easy to put together, and needs to be a part of your life!

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces whiskey
  • 2 ounces lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces simple syrup
  • 2 egg whites

Instructions

  • Combine the whiskey, lemon juice, simple syrup, and egg whites in a cocktail shaker. Shake until foamy.
  • Strain into two cocktail classes over a large ice cube. Garnish with orange and cherries.
Calories: 187kcal (9%) Carbohydrates: 28g (9%) Protein: 4g (8%) Sodium: 56mg (2%) Potassium: 86mg (2%) Sugar: 27g (30%) Vitamin C: 16.5mg (20%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
the best whiskey sour recipe garnished with an orange and cherry

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