How to Make a Whiskey Sour

A whiskey sour is yours for the making year-round. It's refreshing enough to keep up with a spritz during the warm summer months, and so appropriate during the colder seasons of the year. Even if you're not a whiskey fan (which breaks my heart), you might still find yourself swooning over a well-crafted whiskey sour. It's that good! The secret is using fresh ingredients.

What You Need


  • 2 oz Whiskey
  • 3/4 oz Simple Syrup
  • 1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 Egg white
  • Garnish with a Maraschino Cherry


Build the cocktail: Place the bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup, and egg white in a cocktail shaker. Do not add ice yet.

Dry shake the cocktail: Seal the shaker and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. (This is referred to as a "dry shake." It's good for incorporating the egg white before adding ice to the shaker.)

Shake again with ice: Add ice, seal again, and shake for 7 to 10 seconds more to chill.

Strain the cocktail: Fit a Hawthorne strainer over the top of the shaker and pour the cocktail through a fine-mesh strainer into a coupe glass. This is referred to as a "double strain" and this method is used to catch any ice shards or pulp from the fresh-squeezed lemon juice.

Garnish and serve: Garnish with a speared maraschino cherry.

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