Whiskey sour served in a tumbler garnished with a cherry

Whiskey sour

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  • Easy
  • Serves 1

Dust off that cocktail shaker and mix yourself – or your dinner party guests – a classic whiskey sour. You can make it without egg white, but it won't be as silky

  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition: Per serving
NutrientUnit
kcal171
fat0g
saturates0g
carbs9g
sugars9g
fibre1g
protein2g
salt0g
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Ingredients

  • 50ml bourbon
  • 35ml lemon juice
  • 12½ml 2:1 sugar syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • ½ fresh egg white
  • ice
  • 50p-sized piece of lemon zest

For the garnish

  • slice of orange and a cherry on a stick

Method

  • STEP 1

    Shake all of the ingredients (except for the lemon zest) hard with ice and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Squeeze the lemon zest, shiny side down over the drink so the scented oils spray across the surface. Discard the zest, add the garnish and serve.

RECIPE TIPS
NEW YORK SOUR
Simply make your whiskey sour as usual, and then pour 25ml of red wine over the back of the spoon onto the surface of the drink, so it rests on the top in a crimson layer. For best results, use something reasonably fruity like a shiraz or a merlot. This also works with port.
WHISKEY & GINGER SOUR
Whiskey, ginger and lemon are natural partners, so try adding a dash of ginger liqueur – King’s Ginger Liqueur, which was created for King Edward VII in 1903, is top-notch.
AMARETTO SOUR
In this recipe by American bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler, the bracing whiskey sour reveals a sweeter, more indulgent side thanks to the addition of a splash of amaretto.
MAKE THE SUGAR SYRUP
To make a 2:1 sugar syrup, tip 200g caster sugar into a saucepan and pour over 100ml water. Stir and heat gently over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved. Leave to cool, then store in the fridge.

Goes well with

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