The Whiskey Sour Cocktail

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The Whiskey Sour cocktail is a refreshing and delicious mixed drink very popular in the United States; this drink, however, is consumed around the world, and most bars will serve it because it is relatively easy to prepare and its ingredients can be found everywhere. It is also one of the oldest known mixed drinks in the US, references about it going back as far as 1870s Wisconsin. This reference is found in a newspaper of the time, in an article detailing how the drink can be prepared.

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There is another detail to the story of the Whiskey Sour cocktail, in an article published by the Universidad del Cuyo in 1962. The story in it mentions El Comercio de Iquique, a Peruvian newspaper, which mentioned a man named Elliott Stubb as the inventor of the whiskey sour in 1872. Whether that story is true or not is of no big importance, as the cocktail made its own fame with its particular flavors and aromas. For those who wish to know how to prepare the Whiskey Sour cocktail, here are the ingredients and measures specified by the International Bartenders’ Association:

  • 45 milliliters of Bourbon whiskey
  • 30 milliliters of lemon juice
  • 15 milliliters of Gomme syrup
  • a dash of egg white (which is optional)

This particular cocktail is served in an Old Fashioned glass; all the ingredients are mixed using a shaker with ice, and adding a dash of egg white is optional; each bartender may choose to add it, but you can ask them to omit it if you like. The next step is to pour the mixture in the glass, which has also been filled with ice previously. The drink can however be served straight for those who prefer it, and adding egg white makes it what is known in the bar tendering world as a Boston Sour.

The garnish traditionally used for the Whiskey Sour cocktail is the Maraschino cherry, but you can also add a slice of orange or lemon. Unlike other cocktails, the Whiskey Sour doesn’t have too many variations or derivations, except the above-mentioned Boston Sour and the Ward 8, which is prepared using the same Bourbon or rye whiskey, but with both lemon and orange juice, and with grenadine syrup as well. The egg white is not appropriate for this combination, so it is not used anywhere.

As you can see, the Whiskey Sour is easy to prepare, and the freshness of the lemon juice makes it perfect for all occasions, whether it’s an outdoor party or an indoors one.

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