The Whiskey Sour


Whiskey Sour

The Whiskey Sour


  • 2 oz Bourbon Whiskey
  • 1  oz simple syrup
  • 3/4 oz lemon juice
  • 1 tsp egg white

shake without ice to emulsify

add ice and shake to chill

strain into a rocks, sour or pisco sour glass; garnish with a cherry


This cocktail reminds me of my Grandfather on my Mother’s side of the family.  When I was very young and my family went to my Grandparents home for holidays, my Grandfather was always the bartender. He’d ask “Who wants a highball”? No matter what type of drink he was making, they were all “highballs”. The majority of the drinks he made were whiskey sours, with the exception of one of my Aunts who enjoyed a Manhattan Cocktail.

Now, the above recipe uses fresh ingredients as a substitute for a sour mix. Some of you may be a little leery about using a fresh, raw egg white in your drink. I figure between the whiskey and the citric acid, there’s nothing to worry about.

I enjoyed this cocktail. The egg white and the simple syrup gave the drink some body. The whiskey, lemon juice and simple syrup melded together for a wonderful sweet and sour flavor with a little “kick” at the end.

I’m putting this cocktail on my favorites list.

From the looks of the bottle in the picture above, I’ve got about one more cocktail’s worth of Woodford’s Reserve left. Time to decide which bottle of Bourbon to buy next. Any suggestions?

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3 responses to “The Whiskey Sour

  1. Recipes for drinks,,,pretty cool and they sound yummy!
    If I drank I think I’d try the “Whiskey Sour”!
    xo Mei

  2. Grandpa’s room divider/liquor cabinet was the coolest.