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Whiskey Sour the official recipe

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Not sure what to drink before your dinner party? Today we are recommending a classic for this sultry summer…

Whiskey Sour is a bourbon-based pre-dinner cocktail with lemon juice, sugar and egg white. It is an official cocktail of the IBA.

Whiskey sour is a cocktail containing bourbon, lemon juice, sugar, and optionally a dash of egg white or cocktail foam. With egg white, it is sometimes called Boston Sour. With a few bar spoons of full-bodied red wine floating on top, it is often referred to as a New York Sour. It is shaken and served straight or over ice.

The traditional topping is a half slice of orange and a maraschino cherry.The original version is made with Limón de Pica.

A variant of the whiskey sour is Ward 8, which is often made from bourbon or rye whiskey and includes lemon and orange juices and grenadine syrup as a sweetener. Albumen sometimes employed in other whiskey sours is not usually included.

Here is the IBA recipe for your whiskey sour, and remember: always use a measuring cup to calibrate portions!

whiskey sour cocktail
Whiskey Sour Cocktail


45 ml bourbon
25 ml fresh lemon juice
20 ml sugar syrup
20 ml egg white (optional)


Pour all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice. Shake well. Strain into a glass. If served “On the rocks,” strain the ingredients into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice.

If using egg whites, shake a little harder to release and incorporate the egg white foam.


Garnish with half orange slice and maraschino cherry, possibly use orange zest.

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