If you want to impress a guest or put on a show, this is the perfect drink for an amateur bartender. How to make the perfect whiskey sour is as much in the ingredients as the tastes of the imbibers. I think we all had gotten used to the really sweet premixed sour or packets of dry sour mix; these are very sweet and give the drink a candy like flavor. Whiskey drinks have made a real comeback as of late, the Manhattan, Sazerac, and Old Fashioned. I believe the Mint Julep never went out of style thanks to being the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. Whiskey and Bourbon are definitely is the star of the show, in my opinion bourbon is a must, Wild Turkey, Maker’s Mark or any other small distillery bourbons of which there are many. You can find a good bourbon at next week’s annual Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park on August 5th and 6th in Cary, NC www.beerandbourbon.com . There will be over 40 bourbon vendors and presenters, now that’s a selection.
Presentation is also very important; use a cocktail shaker, yes this is the opportunity to dig out that old one. The garnish should be lemon or orange slices and maraschino cherries for this particular drink. Another must is the use of fresh squeezed citrus juice, a friend of mine makes hers with Meyer lemons a little sweeter variety of the lemon. The proper balance of sweet and sour is achieved by making a simple syrup, use 50 % sugar and 50 % water heat water to boiling remove and add sugar allow to cool. Always make sure you have the proper glass for the drink in this case a Collins or tall iced tea glass is necessary. Here is a video from Allan Katz mixologist at Howdini.com www.howdini.com.
Whiskey sour recipe by Joseph V. Fasy
2oz.-best quality bourbon
2oz.-lemon juice, Meyer’s preferably
- Fill Collins or iced tea glass with ice, fill shaker with ice
- Add to shaker, bourbon, lemon juice and simple syrup
- Strain over fresh ice and garnish with lemon wheel and cherry
- If its not made from scratch it’s not a real whiskey sour