How to make a Whiskey Sour – Hint:Use an Egg
The Whiskey Sour is not a fancy drink, but that is part of it’s charm. The sour ingredients are as simple as they come – a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, sugar in the form of simple syrup, plenty of whiskey and to give the drink a velvety texture, egg white. The egg white adds a rich frothiness that isn’t found in many other alcoholic beverages. It is an easy cocktail to make at home, and perfect for entertaining guests. Your guests will be saying ooh and aah when you hand them a coupe glass filled with whiskey sour goodness.
If you’re the type of person that has qualms about using raw egg whites, using organic eggs that have been washed and your clean hands is all you need. The acid in the lemon juice and the alcohol in the whiskey will kill any germs. You could skip the egg whites, but the sweet and sour flavor paired with the froth and whiskey works very well together and without the egg white, its just not quite the same drink.
Whiskey Sour Recipe
Note: A part could be a jigger, and ounce, a cup or any size for making multiple drinks. For a single drink 1 part = 1 ounce.
2 parts Bourbon, Rye or Whiskey
3/4 part of Simple Syrup **
3/4 part Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
1 Small Egg White
Garnish: Lemon wheel and maraschino cherry
In a shaker with no ice, combine whiskey, simple syrup, freshly squeezed lemon juice and the whites of 1 egg. Dry shake briskly for 15 seconds to emulsify the egg white.
Add ice to the shaker, then continue to shake briskly for 15-30 seconds. This shake will now cool the cocktail and further combine the ingredients.
Strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass or over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a wheel of lemon and a maraschino cherry.
** Simple Syrup is 1 part sugar and 1 part water heated to melt the sugar into a syrup then cooled.