Technically, the sour is a whole family of cocktails containing a spirit, lemon or lime juice, and some kind of sweetener. Classics like margaritas and daiquiris are actually examples of sours. For our money, a sour isn’t great unless you add egg white. The egg white gives the drink a nice body and mouth feel and elevates the sour from an average cocktail to a superb one. We’ve used rye whiskey in our sour, as well as lemon juice and simple syrup as the sweetener.
The whiskey sour recipe here is mostly citrus forward with some sweetness. Don’t worry, you’ll still be able to taste the whiskey.
What you need
- 1.5 oz. rye whiskey
- 0.75 oz. lemon juice
- 0.5 oz. simple syrup
- 1 egg white
How it's made
Shake the lemon juice and the egg white in a shaker without ice for a little longer than you’d normally shake a drink. (This is known as dry shaking.) Add ice, whiskey, and simple syrup, and shake again normally. Strain into a couple glass.
Want to make simple syrup? Just add equal parts sugar to boiling water (by volume); stir until clear, then chill.