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Bourbon Whiskey Sour Cocktail

Updated: May 25, 2020


The Whiskey Sour is a mixed drink featuring Bourbon Whiskey, lemon juice, sugar, and egg white. It is shaken and served either straight up or over ice.The traditional garnish is half an orange slice and a maraschino cherry.

This cocktail dates all the way back to 1792, when sailors were crossing the Atlantic for North America. Food is dried. Water is no good. And scurvy is a constant worry. “Sours” were a basic recipe for centuries. Vice Admiral Edward Vernon of England began mixing a few ingredients together to serve to his crew, to help combat sea-sickness, malnutrition, and scurvy. But because they didn’t want an entire ship of intoxicated sailors, they began to water it down with lemon or lime juice. While the British used Gin and Brandy, Americans favored Whiskey, and thus the Whiskey Sour was born.

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  • 2 oz Whiskey Bourbon

  • 1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice

  • 1 oz sugar syrup (see recipe below- Keto diets use preferred sweetener alternative)

  • One egg white

  • Crushed ice

  • Cubed ice

  • (optional) Orange slices

  • Maraschino cherries


Measuring cup, lemon press, mixing spoon, sharp knife, rocks glass, cocktail shaker

Prep: 2 min Serves: 1 cocktail

Before you handle any food, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Clean your kitchen work area and pull back your hair or wear a cap. You want to avoid contaminating your meal with harmful bacteria that could cause food illness.

Before you prepare cocktail, prepare Sugar syrup:

  1. Add 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan.

  2. Cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.

  3. Chill thoroughly before using.

To make Bourbon Whiskey Sour: 1. Combine the whiskey, lemon juice, egg white, lime juice and sugar syrup.

2. Fill a cocktail shaker with cup of crushed ice and the cocktail mixture.

3. Cover and shake cocktail shaker until outside of shaker is frosty, about 30 seconds.

4. Pour into a rocks glass filled with a few cubes of fresh ice.

5. Garnish top with half and orange slice and a maraschino cherry. Serve ice cold.


1 serving: 176 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 0.3 mg sodium, 7 g carbohydrate (7 g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.


Whiskey has great health benefits, including potential fat loss, Reduces Stress, Controls Diabetes, Decreases Risk of Ischemic Stroke, Healthy for Cholesterol Levels, Prevents Heart Disease, Reduces Risk of Cancer, Gives Your Memory a Needed Boost


HERE ARE VARIATIONS OF THE BASIC RECIPE:


Boston Sour. Increase whiskey to 2 oz. Replace lime with one egg white.


New York Sour

Add 2 oz ounce fruity red wine (such as Pinot Noir, Shiraz or Malbec) using a spoon held just above the drink's surface so the wine floats on top. This contains a few bar spoons of full-bodied red wine floating on top. Replace lime juice and add 1

Key West Sour

Replace lime juice and sugar syrup with mango and pineapple juice. Garnish with cherry and pineapple wedge.


Ward 8

Replace lime juice with orange juice. Replace sugar syrup with grenadine.


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