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Have you ever tasted a nice whiskey bitter? One made with fresh-squeezed lemon juice and high quality whiskey? They’re daring but balanced, with a beautiful lemony taste.

Whiskey sours are one in all my favourite drinks to order at swanky cocktail bars. In case you have sworn off the whiskey sours of your school days, those made with low-cost whiskey and faux bitter combine, I guarantee you that authentic whiskey sours are value your whereas.

Whiskey sours are additionally enjoyable to make at dwelling. Serve them in the course of the holidays, on recreation days, or for date nights in. In case you have already loved my Cinnamon Maple Whiskey Bitter or New York Bitter, I’ve little doubt you’ll love the unique.

whiskey sour ingredients

To make a whiskey bitter, you’ll want only a few fundamental components—good whiskey, contemporary lemons, a bit sweetener, and an optionally available egg white. Fancy cocktail cherries, comparable to Luxardo, are a worthwhile funding and maintain for fairly some time in a darkish cupboard.

Whether or not you want your whiskey bitter with no foam, further foam, up or on the rocks, you’ll discover all the main points you might want to craft your very best whiskey bitter within the recipe under. Collect your components and your cocktail shaker!

how to prepare whiskey sour

Methods to Make a Whiskey Bitter (Two Methods)

Earlier than you make a whiskey bitter, first resolve the way you wish to serve it. You could have two choices.

Would you like a foamy prime and easy taste?

In that case, you’ll incorporate an egg white and a “dry shake” within the cocktail shaker. This model of a whiskey bitter is technically known as a “Boston bitter,” nevertheless it’s usually billed as a whiskey bitter on fancy bar menus. It’s finest served up in a coupe glass, as pouring it over ice cubes breaks up the froth.

Security word: Even when blended with alcohol, there may be at all times a slight danger of salmonella poisoning with uncooked egg (one in 20,000). To mitigate this danger, you should purchase pasteurized eggs on the retailer, or pasteurize your own eggs earlier than making this recipe. Right here’s the CDC’s information on egg safety. Aquafaba, which is the liquid surrounding cooked chickpeas, is commonly advisable as a substitute for egg whites in cocktails, however I attempted it on this recipe and didn’t benefit from the taste (it additionally foamed about half as a lot).

Or a daring whiskey bitter on the rocks?

In that case, skip the egg white and the additional shaking step. Your selection of whiskey actually shines on this model. At dwelling, I prefer to make excellent cubes of ice with this ice cube tray.

Watch Methods to Make a Whiskey Bitter

pouring whiskey sour

Whiskey Bitter Variations

Whiskey sours have two well-known variations, one for every coast. The New York Bitter includes a float of crimson wine on prime. New York Sours are so fairly and festive for the vacations.

The second, The Brown Derby, is 2 variations faraway from the basic recipe. As an alternative of lemon juice, it requires grapefruit juice, and as an alternative of plain easy syrup, it requires honey easy syrup. I like this drink and its refined pink hue a lot that I included it in my cookbook, Love Real food, on web page 132.

Easy Taste Changes

You may simply modify the flavour of your whiskey bitter together with your selection of sweetener. Plain easy syrup is the basic selection, however imparts sweetness alone.

I like to interchange plain easy syrup with maple syrup, which blends proper into the drink and affords refined maple taste. I’ve mentioned it earlier than and I’ll say it once more—maple syrup and whiskey have been made for one another.

Honey lovers, it is best to strive honey easy syrup, which can also be complementary in taste. Straight honey doesn’t combine into chilly drinks nicely, in order that’s why we’ll flip it right into a easy syrup by mixing it with equal components scorching water (study extra right here).

You can even add a touch of cinnamon to your drink, as I’ve performed in my Cinnamon Maple Whiskey Bitter. Should you’re serving your drink on the rocks, you would possibly like a cinnamon stick garnish.

whiskey sour on the rocks (no egg, also known as a Boston Sour)

The Finest Whiskey for Whiskey Sours

Should you dare, select a 90-proof whiskey for some further kick that balances the sweetness of the drink and stands out in opposition to the robust lemon taste. I like to recommend Bulleit, Buffalo Hint or Weller, that are all 90 proof. These are all bourbon whiskeys (all bourbons are whiskey), so it’s secure to say that bourbon is especially well-suited for whiskey sours.

For a extra mellow whiskey taste, select a Canadian whiskey like Crown Royal.

Extra Whiskey Cocktails to Attempt

Please let me know the way your whiskey bitter seems within the feedback! I like listening to from you.

whiskey sour with egg white foam


Whiskey Bitter

  • Writer: Cookie and Kate
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Whole Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x
  • Class: Cocktail
  • Technique: Shaken
  • Delicacies: American

5 from 3 critiques

Make the perfect whiskey bitter with this recipe! Recent lemon juice is essential. Serve your whiskey bitter up with foamy egg white or on the rocks—the recipe contains directions for both possibility. Recipe yields 1 cocktail.



  • 2 ounces bourbon whiskey, comparable to Bulleit
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 ½ teaspoons maple syrup or ½ ounce easy syrup
  • Elective: 1 egg white 
  • Orange wedge and Luxardo cocktail cherry, for garnish


Egg white possibility (Boston Bitter served up)

  1. Chill your coupe glass by filling it to the brim with ice and water. Set your glass apart.
  2. Pour the bourbon, lemon juice, syrup and egg white into an empty cocktail shaker. Now we’ll do a dry shake—both shake the combination nicely for 30 seconds or for max foam, mix it with an immersion blender on excessive for 30 seconds. 
  3. Add a giant scoop of ice to the shaker and shake for about 10 to fifteen seconds, till the skin of the shaker is completely ice chilly. 
  4. Discard the ice water in your glass and gently shake out any cussed water droplets. Pressure the combination into your ready glass. Garnish with an orange wedge and a cocktail cherry on a cocktail skewer. Serve directly. 

No egg white (Whiskey Bitter on the rocks)

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour within the bourbon, lemon juice and syrup. Shake the combination for about 10 to fifteen seconds, till the skin of the shaker is completely ice chilly. 
  2. Fill a rocks glass with ice. Pressure the combination into your ready glass. Garnish with an orange wedge and a cocktail cherry. Serve directly.


Measurement suggestions: Two ounces is ¼ cup, one ounce is 2 tablespoons, and ½ ounce is 1 tablespoon. I like to make use of this stainless steel jigger (affiliate hyperlink) for measuring small quantities of liquid.

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