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The BEST WHISKEY SOUR Recipes! (Top 3)

The whiskey sour was first seen in print in Jerry Thomas’ 1862 book The Bartender’s Guide

Whiskey Sour – A Brief History: The whiskey sour was first seen in print in Jerry Thomas’ 1862 book The Bartender’s Guide (https://amzn.to/2BHARXW) but of course it had been around some time before Jerry’s book. Jerry’s recipe called for a wine glass of bourbon or rye, the juice of half a lemon and a large teaspoon of powdered white sugar dissolved in sparkling water. It was served in a claret glass and garnished with berries. The drink evolved and the egg white component was added later but is often referred to as optional.

WHISKEY SOUR #3 (by Neal Bodenheimer) – https://bit.ly/whiskey-sour-03 Neal’s recipe is my personal favourite of the 3 finalists. Using a Bourbon Whiskey base makes it the sweeter of the 3 but boasts fragrant aromas from the mist of Angostura bitters which finishes off the drink nicely.


– 60ml Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon (2 oz)
– 22.5ml Lemon Juice (0.75 oz)
– 22.5ml 1:1 Simple Syrup (0.75 oz)
– 15ml Egg White (0.5 oz)
– 1 Spray of Angostura bitters

WHISKEY SOUR #2 (by Erik Adkins) – https://bit.ly/whiskey-sour-02 Erik’s recipe is slightly more acidic than the other 3 finalists, I felt that the balance was slightly off (personally). The recipe calls for a Bourbon Whiskey and is close to what would be referred to as a traditional Whiskey Sour.


– 60ml Buffalo Trace Straight Bourbon (2 oz)
– 22.5ml Lemon Juice (0.75 oz)
– 15ml 1:1 Simple Syrup (0.5 oz)
– 15ml Egg White (0.5 oz)

WHISKEY SOUR #1 (by Dan Sabo) – https://bit.ly/whiskey-sour-01 Dan’s was a very close 2nd place in my books. It calls for a 100 proof Rye Whiskey along with higher portions of citrus and sweetener to retain balance of strong, sweet and sour. The unorthodox yet welcome addition of a small amount of orange juice contributed a sweet, softer acidic component.


– 60ml Rittenhouse Rye 100 Proof (2 oz)
– 30ml Lemon Juice (1 oz)
– 15ml 2:1 Rich Simple Syrup (0.5 oz)
– 15ml Orange Juice (0.5 oz)
– 15ml Egg White (0.5 oz)

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0:00 Intro
1:06 Whiskey Sour (3rd)
4:45 Whiskey Sour (2nd)
7:35 Whiskey Sour (1st)
11:11 Comparison

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