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Whiskey Sour

The Whiskey Sour cocktail is a timeless and versatile libation known for its perfect balance of sweet, sour, and spirit. Originating in the mid-19th century, its exact origins are unclear, but it has remained a beloved cocktail for generations. With just a few simple ingredients—whiskey, lemon juice, and sugar—the Whiskey Sour offers a refreshing and satisfying drinking experience.

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Ingredients and Tools:

  • 60 ml (2 oz) whiskey (bourbon or rye)

  • 30 ml (1 oz) freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 15 ml (1/2 oz) simple syrup

  • Ice cubes

  • Cocktail shaker

  • Jigger

  • Strainer

  • Old-fashioned glass

  • Lemon wheel or cherry for garnish (optional)

Preparation Steps:

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.

  2. Add 60 ml (2 oz) of whiskey, 30 ml (1 oz) of freshly squeezed lemon juice, and 15 ml (1/2 oz) of simple syrup to the shaker.

  3. Shake the mixture vigorously for about 10-15 seconds to chill the ingredients and achieve proper dilution.

  4. Strain the cocktail into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice.

  5. Optionally, garnish with a lemon wheel or cherry.

Flavor Profile:

The Whiskey Sour cocktail offers a harmonious blend of flavors, with the boldness of whiskey balanced by the tartness of fresh lemon juice and the sweetness of simple syrup. It's a classic cocktail that's both refreshing and satisfying, perfect for any occasion.

Mixoloco - Mixology Tips:

  • Choosing Whiskey: Selecting the right whiskey is key to a delicious Whiskey Sour. Whether you prefer bourbon or rye, opt for a quality whiskey with flavors that complement the citrusy and sweet elements of the cocktail.

  • Balancing Sweetness: Adjusting the sweetness of the Whiskey Sour is a matter of personal preference. Experiment with the ratio of simple syrup to lemon juice to find the perfect balance of sweet and sour.

  • Fresh Lemon Juice: Using freshly squeezed lemon juice is essential for a vibrant and flavorful Whiskey Sour. Avoid bottled lemon juice, as it lacks the freshness and acidity of the real thing.

  • Shaking Technique: Properly shaking the Whiskey Sour is crucial for achieving the perfect balance of flavors and texture. Shake the cocktail vigorously with ice to chill the ingredients and create a frothy foam on top. I like to shake the Whiskey Sour for a bit longer than usual to ensure the ingredients are well-incorporated and the drink is nicely chilled. It results in a silky-smooth texture that enhances the drinking experience.

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