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Whiskey Sour

whiskey sour cocktail

Get ready to shake up a fantastic Whiskey Sour! This timeless cocktail blends sweet, sour, and smooth flavors, and we’re adding a special ingredient – egg white – for an extra silky texture. It’s perfect for any occasion, whether you’re celebrating or just chilling out. Let’s explore how to whip up your own Whiskey Sour and discover some cool variations and tips!

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Tasting Notes

The Whiskey Sour, with egg white, is a symphony of taste and texture. You’ll savor the warmth of whiskey, the sharpness of lemon, and the sweetness of sugar, all smoothed together by the egg white. It creates a frothy, creamy top that feels luxurious with every sip.

Equipment and Glassware

In order to make a classic Whiskey Sour, it is necessary to have the following pieces of equipment and glassware: a cocktail shaker, which is used to mix and chill the whiskey, lemon juice, sugar, and egg white, as well as an egg white that is optional; a strainer, which ensures a smooth pour into the serving glass; and a measuring tool, such as a jigger, which allows for precise measures of the ingredients. It is usual to serve this classic cocktail in a rocks glass, which is sometimes referred to as an old-fashioned glass.


For your Whiskey Sour, gather:

  • 2 ounces of whiskey
  • 3/4 ounce of fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce of simple syrup
  • 1 egg white
  • Lemon slice and cherry for garnish


  1. Combine 2 ounces of whiskey, 3/4 ounce lemon juice, 1/2 ounce simple syrup, and 1 egg white in a shaker.
  2. Shake these ingredients without ice first (this is called a “dry shake”) to emulsify the egg white.
  3. Add ice to the shaker and shake again until it’s well-chilled.
  4. Strain it into a glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with a lemon slice and cherry.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh lemon juice for the best flavor.
  • Shake vigorously during the dry shake to get a good froth.
  • Test with different whiskeys to find your favorite flavor.

Which Liquor Brands to Choose

The choice of whiskey can greatly influence your Whiskey Sour. Here are a few great options:

  • Bulleit Bourbon for a bold taste.
  • Jameson Irish Whiskey for a smooth experience.
  • Maker’s Mark for a hint of sweetness.

Similar Cocktails

If the Whiskey Sour intrigues you, try these variations:

  • Tequila Sour: Swap whiskey for tequila for a Mexican twist.
  • Amaretto Sour: Use amaretto for a nutty, sweet flavor.
  • Vodka Sour: Opt for vodka for a cleaner, crisper sour.
  • New York Sour: Adds a red wine float to the traditional
  • Gin Sour: Try gin for an aromatic, herbal touch.


The Whiskey Sour dates back to the late 1800s and has evolved over time. Originally a simple mix of spirit, water, sugar, and citrus, it’s now a beloved classic in the cocktail world.

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whiskey sour cocktail

Whiskey Sour

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 2 votes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: egg white cocktail, sour drinks, Whiskey, whiskey sour
Servings: 1
Author: Paul Kushner


  • 2 oz bourbon or rye whiskey
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 2-3 drops Angostura bitters
  • 1 oz egg white
  • Orange swath for garnish


  • Add your spirit of choice to a shaker along with the simple syrup and lemon juice, minus the ice, and shake it like you mean it.
  • Add some ice to the mixture and continue to shake until well-chilled.
  • Strain into a coupe glass, top with 2-3 drops of the bitters and garnish with your swath.
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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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