Whiskey Sour

Whiskey sour
Joe | Last Updated: November 11, 2023
I'm Joe, a veteran bartender with over a decade in the industry and a burning passion for mixing drinks.

The Whiskey Sour cocktail is a favorite of hipsters and whiskey lovers all around the world, and it’s become increasingly popular over recent years, for good reason.

If you’re looking for a new cocktail to dry, the Whiskey Sour certainly won’t disappoint.

It’s one of my personal favorites, so follow the recipe below to ensure your drink tastes delicious.


Below are the ingredients needed to make a Whiskey Sour cocktail.

  • 2 shots x Bourbon whiskey
  • 1 shot x fresh lime juice
  • 15ml sugar syrup
  • 1/2 an egg white
  • 15ml gomme syrup


  • 1 x maraschino cherry
  • 1 x orange slice

How To Make

  1. Add all of the ingredients to the Boston shaker without adding any ice
  2. Dry shake the mix without ice to ensure the egg white combines with the ingredients first
  3. Add ice to the mix
  4. Shake thoroughly then proceed to strain the mix into your rocks serving glass
  5. Add the garnishes to the finished drink
  6. Enjoy!

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About The Whiskey Sour

Jerry Thomas from The Bartenders Guide first mentioned the Whiskey Sour cocktail back in 1862, but it’s likely people knew of this recipe before then.

Rum and Whiskey were popular drinks among sailors in the 1800s and given that citrus helps to combat scurvy, there’s no doubt sailors back then were whipping up Whiskey Sours like there is no tomorrow, but they didn’t know it,

The recipe has evolved slightly since then, with bartenders adding egg whites to give the drink a foamy texture.

Once this drink became mainstream, its popularity continued to grow with whiskey lovers all around the world and we don’t see it slowing down anytime soon.

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