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Cocktail Hammers’ Amazing Whiskey Sour Recipe

Check out our recipe for our favorite cocktail, The Whiskey Sour.

In 2020, the pandemic known as Covid-19 struck, and bars around the world had to close their doors. If there was one thing I missed during that time, among many things, was walking up to the bar and asking the barman for my favorite cocktail ever, the whiskey sour. After a couple of months staying in, I took matters into my own hands, bought a cocktail kit off of amazon, and all of the ingredients. How hard could this be right? 

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Whiskey Sour!!!

Actually, not that hard at all. I quickly learned my preferred recipe for the whisky sour. That would be the first cocktail that would start my journey into writing about cocktail recipes on a website so that I could help inform others on how to make simple and awesome cocktails from home. That website would go on to be the Cocktail Hammer that you see in front of you today. If youโ€™re a history buff like me and what to know more about the history of the whiskey sour, click here. So without any more delay, letโ€™s move onto the cocktail that started it all.

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What you need to make a Whiskey Sour from home

  • Okay for the tools youโ€™re going to need to make a whiskey sour are as follows: a cocktail shaker, a Hawthorne Strainer, and a fine-mesh strainer. 
  • Please do not buy the pre-made sour mix from the store. You will always get this artificial flavor profile and will almost certainly lead you to a nasty hangover and an upset stomach the next day. Just squeeze your own fresh lemon juice (two lemons if youโ€™re making just one or two) and make your own simple syrup.
  • Simple syrup is made by boiling 1 cup of water and adding 1 cup of sugar (That wasnโ€™t a typo, one full of sugar for an equal cup of water). It doesnโ€™t have to boil intensely, just a slight boil to dissolve the sugar. Make sure that you continuously stir until the sugar completely dissolves. If you stop stirring for some time, you run the risk of the sugar caramelizing to the bottom of the pot. When the sugar has completely dissolved, turn off the stovetop and cool down your simple syrup by putting it in the fridge or the freezer.
  • Some people are a little trepidatious about adding egg white to their cocktail for fear of getting sick. There is no need to worry. You emulsify the egg and any bad properties it could potentially have when you do the dry shake with egg white and the lemon juice and the bourbon. There is no way of getting sick from the actual egg white itself afterward. If you are vegan, you can use aquafaba as a substitute. I strongly urge you to include either of these two because it is the only way to add the delicious foam layer to the top of your whiskey sour cocktail. And trust me, you want the foam layer. 

Cocktail Hammers Amazing Whiskey Sour Recipe

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Recipe by Julian Solorzano Course: Recipes
Servings

1

servings
Prep time

3

minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Bourbon

  • 1 oz Lemon juice

  • .75 oz Simple syrup

  • 1/2-1 Egg white

  • 1-2 Dash(es) Orange Bitters or Angostura bitters

  • Ice

  • Orange peel and maraschino cherry for garnish (optional)

Directions

  • In your shaker tin, add the lemon juice and the simple syrup first. Then add the egg white (be careful not to spill any yolk or shell into the tin). Finally, add your bourbon.ย ย 
  • Tightly seal the top and bottom of the tin and begin to shake. Remember this shake should have no ice at this point. Hold on to the bottom and the top if youโ€™re new to shaking so the tin doesnโ€™t come apart, and the cocktail goes flying everywhere.
  • Shake for 15-20 seconds
  • Carefully open the shaker tin back up and add one large ice block to the shaker tin full of the rest of the ingredients.
  • Shake again once you have a tight seal. This time when you shake you will feel the tin begin to get very cold. This is good. Endure the cold for the full 30 second shake.
  • Carefully open the shaker again. This time you should notice a lot of white suds and foam. Perfect.ย 
  • Place your Hawthorne strainer over in the shaker tin and hover the tin over the glass youโ€™re going to drink from (hopefully you have a coupe glass but if not any rocks glass will work.)ย ย 
  • With the Hawthorne strainer still attached to the tin, pour into the glass through the fine mesh strainer too. The double strain will create the layer of foam that we seek. You will see your whiskey sour come to life in front of you.ย 
  • You should now have an awesome whiskey sour in front of you. Add two dashes of orange or Angostura bitters to the foam layer of your cocktail. You can now rim the glass with an orange coin and add a garnish if you would like. But either way
  • Youโ€™re done! Enjoy your whiskey sour.

Notes

  • The first recipe I learned regarding making the whiskey sour called for 2 oz of whiskey (bourbon or rye) and equal parts simple syrup and lemon juice (.75 oz). After making it the first few times I realized I didnโ€™t have much of a sweet tooth and preferred the taste of the sour that comes from the lemon. So I upped the dose of the lemon juice and minimized the simple syrup, which also led to less of a hangover the next day.ย 
  • To add a little more delicious subtle flavor, I ALWAYS add a couple of slightly toasted cinnamon sticks to my simple syrup while it cools down. I absolutely love the subtle cinnamony smokiness to the whisky sour and so do all of my guests. Try it out and let me know what you think.ย ย 

Conclusion

Well, thatโ€™s it. See it wasnโ€™t so hard. Was our recipe too sour and not sugary enough? Feel free to experiment with the doses to see what works for you. The whiskey sour will always hold a special place in my heart and is arguably the seed that eventually blossomed into the idea to create Cocktail Hammer in the first place. Check out our wine cocktails post to see how to make the whiskey soursโ€™ east coast cousin: The New York Sour. Let me know what you think about the whiskey sour in the comments down below. Cheers guys. Letโ€™s get Hammered. 

Bonus Video

If you are looking for an amazing whisky sour recipe, I strongly recommend checking these three from Steve the Bartender.

Written by Julian Solorzano

Hailing from Queens, New York, Julian Solorzano served four years in the United States Air Force, traveling throughout Europe and experiencing the best of the local cultures, including their passion for good food and wine. He has since grown an appreciation for all things wine and mixology. Julian fuses that passion with his skills in writing, photography, and video production to share his passion with the world.

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    • Hey Cynthia. I always meant to write my post about the whiskey sour considering it’s one of my favorite cocktails ever. I ended up getting sidetracked and it completely slipped my mind. Thank you for reminding me. I hope you enjoy this post. Let me know if you want any more specific cocktail recipes or other cocktail related questions that your curious about and ill be more than happy to write one up. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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