How to Make an Amazing Whiskey Sour

This is one of the oldest cocktail recipes, with the first record of the drink coming from Wisconsin in 1870, but it may have been around even earlier. Traditionalists will include egg white in their recipes, but it’s by no means required these days. So take a breath, vegans. The egg white makes a smoother, velvety drink, but it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.


  • 2 ounces whiskey or bourbon
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 1/2 ounce egg white (optional)
  • Garnish: Angostura bitters

How to Make a Whiskey Sour:

Pour the whiskey, lemon juice, egg white (if using) and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker and shake to mix. DO NOT include ice in the shaker*– this is called a “dry shake.” After a few shakes, open up the mixer and now put in the ice, and shake again. Strain into a coupe glass, and top with a dash of bitters. If you used egg white, your final product should have a small layer of foam on top.

Can I serve Whiskey Sour without the egg?

Yes, the egg white is not required. Egg white was basically the hot new bar trend back in the 1800s– bartenders loved adding it to their drinks to create a foamy, velvety and creamy texture. While it is making a comeback in cocktails today, American tastes and dietary habits have changed a fair bit since the times before we had food safety regulations. Anyone who turns their nose up at you for NOT wanting to drink a raw egg is welcome to return to 1870 with the other eggheads.

What’s the best whiskey for making Whiskey Sour?

We say go with Johnnie Walker Black if you want to add a smoky edge to the drink. If you’re looking to keep things more tried and true, then Johnnie Walker Red’s got your back.

Is sour mix worth it?

While fresh ingredients will almost always taste better, you can’t beat the ease and versatility of pre-packaged sour mix, especially when they come in those easy-pour bottles. We won’t judge if you sub the simple syrup and lemon juice for a little bit of sour mix.

Can I get whiskey sour delivery near me?

You bet. Just add some Johnnie Walker in your Saucey cart and it’ll be on your doorstep before you know it.

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