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A classic cocktail refined with an edgy lemon twist

Browns are back in style, and no cocktail better exemplifies what’s possible than one of our favourites: the Whiskey Sour. Some say that the recipe for this drink stems from the rations given to sailors - lemons or limes and rum. Rum was used to transform stagnant ship water into a beverage that verged on drinkable, adding citrus fruit made it more enjoyable, and a touch of sugar made it into a good drink! The original recipe had few measurements and no instructions - giving the bartender lots of room for interpretation.

Nowadays, there are many twists on this classic cocktail that amp it up (including our own) - and if you haven’t tried it yet, it's a must! And with three days on the calendar just for whiskey - National Whiskey Sour Day, International Whiskey Day and World Whisky Day - there’s even more opportunity to shake, stir and and muddle one of these delicious drinks!

Whiskey Sour - Traditional

The Traditional Whiskey Sour

(Use small bar-glass)

  • Take 1 large tea-spoonful of powdered white sugar dissolved in a little Seltzer or Apollinaris water
  • The juice of half a small lemon
  • 1 wine-glass of Bourbon or rye whiskey
Versus
Whiskey Sour - Modern

The Modern Whiskey Sour

  • 1.5 to 2 oz. (45 to 60mL) Whiskey
  • 1 oz. (30 mL) Lemon Juice
  • .5 oz. (15 mL) Simple Syrup
  • .25 oz. (7 mL) Egg White (optional)
  • Cherry for garnish
  • Lemon or orange slice for garnish
Modern Version Method
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  • Fill a martini shaker three quarters full of ice and add your simple syrup, your whiskey and squeezed lemon.
  • Add an egg white to the shaker. We suggest separating your egg over another bowl or glass so that if you break the yolk it won’t get into your drink.
  • Put the lid on your martini shaker and shake the ever living out $#*! of it - the harder and longer you shake the frothier the egg white becomes, similar to a meringue.
  • Strain into a glass and garnish with the cherry and the citrus wedge.
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Tips

Tips to the best Whiskey Sour:

  • Whiskey Sour purists insist on real rye whiskey, not bourbon or scotch -- not too sweet and not too abrasive.
  • An egg white is optional, but brings the consistency and the frothy finish to the cocktail.
  • Most importantly: never use the pre-made sour mix, always use real lemon juice and simple syrup.
Variations

Variations on the Whiskey Sour:

  • Baltimore Bang - made with apricot brandy
  • Maple Rye Sour - maple syrup to sweeten
  • Stone Sour - bourbon and orange juice
  • New York Sour - finished with a fruity red wine
  • Pisco Sour - from Peru and Chile made with Pisco instead of Whiskey
  • Winter Whiskey Sour - bourbon and honey instead of whiskey and sugar
Pairings

Whiskey Sour Pairings:

The whiskey sour is quite a bold citrus cocktail, which makes it interesting to pair. It goes well with our Oven Roasted Free-Run Chicken or Lemon Herb Lois Lake Salmon, and would be a great accompaniment to starters like Dry Ribs or Nachos. It’s ideal for a pre or post dinner drink and perfect for enjoying on its own - so just sit back and enjoy your summer evening with one of the truly great “brown drinks”.

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