August 25th is Whiskey Sour Day and today we salute the most famous of the sour family, the humble whiskey sour! By definition, a sour is any drink that contains a base spirit (or liqueur), lime or lemon juice, and a non-alcoholic sweetener. The category can be further subdivided by the “Daisy” which is a sour specifically sweetened by grenadine and the “Fix” which is a sour that uses pineapple juice as its sweetener.
Whiskey Sour – Classic Recipe
recipe adapted from Dale Degroff’s Essential Cocktail basic sour recipe
- 1 1/2 oz Bourbon Whiskey
- 1 oz Simple Syrup
- 3/4 oz Fresh-Squeezed Lemon Juice
- 1/4 egg white (optional)
Garnish: Cherry and lemon slice
Shake with ice and strain into glass. Garnish with cherry and lemon slice.
Basil Hayden’s® Maple Sour
Created by Jason Stevens (Austin, TX) recipe courtesy of Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
1 ½ parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
¾ parts Tawny Port
¼ part Grade B Maple Syrup
½ part Lemon Juice
1 heavy dash Bittermen’s Molé Bitters
Garnish: Lemon Wheel & Cherry
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake for 15 seconds and double strain into a double Old Fashioned glass with ice. Garnish with a lemon wheel and a cherry.