Whiskey Sours Recipe


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The Whiskey Sours Recipe is truly a classic, you can find it in every self-respecting cocktail bar but nevertheless before preparing it at home I had never tasted it … The only thing I can say is WOW! It’s a really nice cocktail to sip and definitely leaves room for a second round. The taste of the Whiskey is softer and rounder than that of the Whiskey, and the acidity of the lemon is perfectly balanced with the sweetness of the sugar syrup. I must admit that I expected a completely different result from the Whiskey Sours Recipe. I was really pleasantly surprised.

A modern variant of this cocktail, involves the use of egg white which once shaken, will create a soft and velvety foam that will remain on the surface. At the time of preparation I had no pasteurized egg white and then someone at home does not like raw eggs at all so we opted for the classic recipe. In the card, however, you will also find the amount of egg white to use in case you want to use it.

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The Birth of Whiskey Sours Recipe

The creation of the Whiskey Sours Recipe dates back to the 20th century, if not some time earlier. How Gin Tonic was born to cope with and prevent a disease. In 1900, refrigeration had not yet been invented and long sea voyages such as those between America and Europe were not at all hygienic. The food was spoiled and the water was certainly not exactly drinkable. During these grueling voyages the sailors found themselves suffering from malnutrition, thirst and even scurvy.

Scurvy was a vitamin C deficiency disease that brought with it horrible symptoms such as anemia, bleeding infections, exhaustion, and eventually death. It was the sailors themselves who found a remedy for this disease. The British Vice Admiral Edward Vernon, I begin to experiment with the mixtures of ingredients and to administer them to the comrades. During these crossings the ships were filled with different products including citrus fruits such as lemon and lime. The blend of the juice of these two citrus fruits and watered down Rum provided a way to prevent disease and also a safe drink to drink.

This was the first appearance of a sour, in addition to rum, Brandy and Gin were also used later but the Americans loved their whiskey very much, so they adopted that. Once ashore, the sailors brought the recipe with them, perfecting it. The first written recipe of the Whiskey Sours Recipe dates back to 1862 and was found in the book “The Bartender’s Guide” by Jerry Thomas.

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Whiskey Sours Recipe

"A truly timeless cocktail, not too alcoholic and perfectly balanced…"
Servings 1 portion
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins


  • Boston Shaker
  • Cobbler Glass


  • 45 ml Bourbon Whiskey
  • 45 ml Lemon Juice
  • 20 ml Sugar Syrup
  • 20 ml Egg White Optional

Decoration: Slice of Orange or Red Cherry


    • Cool the glass with ice.
    • Put the ice in the metal part of the shaker. Pour the ingredients into the glass part.
    • Filter away any water formed in the steel part, close the shaker and shake for a couple of minutes.
    • Open the shaker, empty the ice from the glass and pour in the cocktail. Garnish with an orange wedge or cocktail cherry.


    It can also be served in a glass on the rocks or in a double cocktail glass.
    168 kcal, with egg white 177 kcal
     Always drink responsibly, don’t drink alcohol if you don’t have the legal drinking age.

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    Author: recipesjourney
    Calories: 168kcal
    Course: Drinks
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: Alcoholic Cocktail
    Difficoltà: Easy
    Tipologia: Aperitif, Short Drink, Sour, Whiskey Base
    Metodo di Miscelazione: Boston Shaker


    Serving: 110g | Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Fat: 0.1g | Sugar: 16g

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