Whisky Sour

A balancing act due to its simple ingredients, the Whisky Sour will have you hanging out for cocktail hour.

 by Erin Ogilvie

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Said to have been invented to keep sailors hydrated (but not drunk) during month-long journeys across the seas, incarnations of the Whisky Sour have been around for over five centuries.

Mixologists continue to argue over whether it should contain egg whites or not, but we're presenting it to you in its purest form - with no added risk of salmonella.

Cocktail: Whisky Sour

Glass: Perfect Serve Single Old Fashioned

History: Dating as far back as the 1700s, this cocktail is believed to be based on an individual portion of the basic punch recipe: "One sour, two sweet, three strong, four weak." It was also said to have helped with the prevention of scurvy on long sea trips, thanks to the inclusion of lemon.  Feel free to use that fact next time you're in trouble for having too many cocktails at the bar (they'll obviously need to be citrus-based for your argument to work).

Known for: Making you look serious about your cocktails by ordering something a little left of centre, which is dominated by its spirit flavour.

Ingredients:

  • 60ml Bourbon Whisky
  • 30ml Lemon Juice
  • 20ml Sugar Syrup
  • Lemon Zest
  • Cherry

Method:

  1. Add ice to Perfect Serve Mixing Glass;
  2. Add all ingredients, and stir;
  3. Strain into a Perfect Serve Single Old Fashioned, filled with ice;
  4. Garnish with a twist of lemon zest and a cherry.

Recipe by Stephan Hinz