I have been drinking whiskey sours long before I started drinking whiskey neat. It is a pretty simple drink and on those hot summer evenings, a good whiskey sour takes the stress away. I do have a couple of words about the construction of this drink. The choice of Whiskey? I have found I am not really particiture as to what bourbon, rye or blended whiskey I use, just using what I have on hand. Whatever, as long as it's cheap, as in most whiskey drinks, you don’t want to use your best top shelf bottle. I like the rye whiskey, the tanginess ensures that it'll mix well without losing its identity but bourbon works just fine. So does Irish whiskey. Canadian's okay, too. I have even heard of Scotch Sours, although never actually witnessed one passing the lips of a living human being. The other thing is I am not sure I have ever made one the exact same way before so I decided to just started reviewing recipes.
Here is a listing of ingredients I have found using all types of whiskies.
- 5 oz. Crown Royal Deluxe Whisky, .5 oz. lemon juice, 0.75 oz. simple syrup, An egg white.
- 5 oz. Bourbon, ¾ oz. Fresh lemon juice, ¾ oz. Simple syrup (1 part water, 1 part sugar), 1 Cherry, Lime wedge.
- 2 ounces bourbon, ¾ oz. fresh lemon juice, ¾ oz. simple syrup, ½ orange slice, Maraschino cherry.
- 3/4 cup Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey, 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (3 lemons), 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (4 limes), 2/3 cup sugar syrup, Maraschino cherries.
- 2 ounces Scotch whisky, 2 ounces lemon juice, 1 ounce simple syrup, 1 egg white (optional), Amarena cherries, Orange slice.
You get the idea here. The key is to use equal amounts of simple syrup (sugar water) and lemon juice. The egg white allows the drink to have a little frothiness but who has time to grab an egg, separate the yoke and white, I don’t. Don’t have any simple syrup on hand? Try just lemonade with a couple of oranges slices squeezed into the drink.