What is a Whiskey Sour?
A Whiskey Sour Drink is a classic cocktail that dates back to the 19th century. It's a blend of bourbon or whiskey, fresh lemon juice, and a sweetener, typically sugar or simple syrup. The "sour" in the name refers to the bright, acidic flavor of the lemon juice balanced against the smooth, warm flavors of the whiskey.
Whiskey Sour Drink Recipe:
- 2 ounces of bourbon or whiskey (liquid)
- 1 ounce of fresh lemon juice (liquid)
- 3/4 ounce of simple syrup (liquid)
- 1/4 teaspoon of powdered egg white (optional, for froth)
- Ice cubes
- Lemon or orange wheel and rosemary sprig, for garnish (optional)
- Add the bourbon or whiskey to your Elixir Mixer.
- Squeeze in the fresh lemon juice.
- Pour in the simple syrup, adjusting the amount to achieve your preferred balance of sweet and sour.
- If you're using it, add the powdered egg white. This is a classic ingredient in a Whiskey Sour and will give your cocktail a lovely frothy top.
- Whisk together the ingredients on speed 2 of your Elixir Mixer.
Pour mixture into a glass filled with ice and garnish with a lemon wheel and rosemary sprig if desired.
Why add powdered egg white to the Whiskey Sour?
The addition of egg white creates a silky mouthfeel and a frothy top when the cocktail is shaken. It's a classic component of the Whiskey Sour, although not everyone chooses to use it. If you're vegan, allergic to eggs, or simply don't like the idea of raw egg in your drink, you can absolutely leave it out.
What type of whiskey is best for a Whiskey Sour?
Traditionally, a Whiskey Sour is made with bourbon, which has a smooth, slightly sweet flavor that balances beautifully with the sour lemon. However, you can also use rye whiskey for a spicier twist.
Can I make a Whiskey Sour without an Elixir Mixer?
While an Elixir Mixer can help combine the ingredients smoothly and create a nice froth from the egg white, you can also use a cocktail shaker to make a Whiskey Sour.
What if I don't have simple syrup?
If you don't have simple syrup, you can make your own by heating equal parts of sugar and water until the sugar dissolves, then cooling the mixture. Alternatively, you can use a little granulated sugar, honey, or agave nectar instead, though these may alter the flavor of the cocktail slightly.
Why is it important to use fresh lemon juice?
Fresh lemon juice has a bright, zesty flavor that can't be matched by bottled juice. It's also less likely to contain preservatives or additives that could alter the flavor of your cocktail. Fresh lemon juice can really make the difference between a good Whiskey Sour and a great one!
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