I can remember ordering a whiskey sour for the very first time when I turned 21. I felt oh so fancy and and after one sip, I was hooked. This cocktail easily became my go-to order and favorite. Now that I am a mom, I no longer head out to the bars for an evening cocktail. Instead, I have learned to bring this fancy cocktail to my home.
There is something magical about ordering a cocktail and watching the bartender make it in front of you like a magic trick. However, the price tag for these little cocktails were not magical. I decided to try to become my own bartender and recreate my favorite at home. It took me purchasing a good shaker and a couple of attempts, but I did it. Not only was the final outcome delicious, but it was also WAY cheaper than the $15 price tag I was used to paying.
Is the egg white necessary to get the foam top?
To get the foam top, an egg white is key. However, if you aren’t too hot on the idea of using one, it’s totally okay. You can make a perfect delicious whiskey sour without the foam top. I find that the egg white adds a ton of nice texture without adding any additional flavor. It’s a great addition for a beautiful cocktail.
If you are worried about salmonella, the chances of getting it from a raw egg is pretty low. However, it still bothers you, purchase pasteurized egg. This process heats the eggs for a period of time killing any bacteria in the egg.
How to shake your Whiskey Sour?
- Dry Shaken: This is my favorite way to shake my cocktails. For this method, shake the shaker for 10 seconds without ice then add a couple of ice cubes and shake another 20 seconds.
What is the best whiskey to use for a Whisky Sour?
There really isn’t a “wrong” whiskey to use. It really is all based on your preference. Below is my favorites to use in this classic cocktail.
- Markers Mark 46
- Woodford Reserve
- Buffalo Trace
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A twist on the traditional whiskey sour. Bourbon combined with orange juice, lemon juice, orange bitters, simple syrup and grenadine and shaken with an egg white for the perfect foam top.
- 2 ounces bourbon
- ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 ounce orange juice
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- 4 dashes orange bitters
- 1/2 tsp grenadine syrup
- 1 egg white
- Orange slices for garnish
- Combine liquid ingredients along with the egg white into shaker with a tight seal.
- Dry shake without ice for 10 seconds, then add a few ice cubes to the shaker and shake again for 20 seconds.
- Strain into a glass and garnish with an orange slice.
- The egg white is key to getting the delicious foam top.
- I prefer orange bitters in my whisky sour, but if you are not a fan you can substitute Angostura Bitters.
- Category: Drinks/Cocktails
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: Whisky Sour, Cocktails, Whisk Sour Cocktails, Classic Cocktails