A Whiskey Sour is a classic cocktail made from a few simple ingredients: whiskey, lemon juice, simple syrup, and sometimes egg white. Here’s how it’s typically prepared:


  • 2 ounces whiskey (usually bourbon or rye)
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup (a mixture of equal parts water and sugar, dissolved together)
  • Optional: 1 egg white


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Pour in the whiskey, lemon juice, and simple syrup.
  3. If you’re using egg white, add it to the shaker as well. The egg white adds a frothy texture to the drink when shaken vigorously.
  4. Shake the mixture vigorously for about 10-15 seconds to chill the ingredients and create a frothy texture.
  5. Strain the mixture into a rocks glass filled with ice.
  6. Garnish with a cherry or a lemon slice, if desired.

The Whiskey Sour is known for its balance of flavors—sweetness from the simple syrup, sourness from the lemon juice, and the rich depth of the whiskey. The optional egg white not only adds texture but also mellows the flavors slightly.

Remember that variations of this recipe exist, and some bartenders might add their own twists by incorporating different types of whiskey, flavored syrups, or bitters.

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