Whiskey Bitter Recipe – Cookie and Kate


whiskey sour recipe

Have you ever tasted a nice whiskey bitter? One made with fresh-squeezed lemon juice and high quality whiskey? They’re daring but balanced, with a beautiful lemony taste.

Whiskey sours are one among my favourite drinks to order at swanky cocktail bars. When you’ve got sworn off the whiskey sours of your school days, those made with low cost whiskey and pretend bitter combine, I guarantee you that respectable whiskey sours are price your whereas.

Whiskey sours are additionally enjoyable to make at residence. Serve them throughout the holidays, on recreation days, or for date nights in. When you’ve got already loved my Cinnamon Maple Whiskey Bitter or New York Bitter, I’ve little question you’ll love the unique.

whiskey sour ingredients

To make a whiskey bitter, you’ll want only a few fundamental substances—good whiskey, recent lemons, slightly sweetener, and an elective egg white. Fancy cocktail cherries, akin to Luxardo, are a worthwhile funding and preserve for fairly some time in a darkish cupboard.

Whether or not you want your whiskey bitter with no foam, additional foam, up or on the rocks, you’ll discover all the small print you must craft your supreme whiskey bitter within the recipe under. Collect your substances and your cocktail shaker!

how to prepare whiskey sour

The way to Make a Whiskey Bitter (Two Methods)

Earlier than you make a whiskey bitter, first resolve the way you need to serve it. You’ve got two choices.

Would you like a foamy high and easy taste?

If that’s the case, you’ll incorporate an egg white and a “dry shake” within the cocktail shaker. This model of a whiskey bitter is technically known as a “Boston bitter,” nevertheless it’s usually billed as a whiskey bitter on fancy bar menus. It’s greatest served up in a coupe glass, as pouring it over ice cubes breaks up the froth.

Security word: Even when combined with alcohol, there may be at all times a slight threat of salmonella poisoning with uncooked egg (one in 20,000). To mitigate this threat, you should purchase pasteurized eggs on the retailer, or pasteurize your individual eggs earlier than making this recipe. Right here’s the CDC’s info on egg security. Aquafaba, which is the liquid surrounding cooked chickpeas, is usually really useful as an alternative choice to egg whites in cocktails, however I attempted it on this recipe and didn’t benefit from the taste (it additionally foamed about half as a lot).

Or a daring whiskey bitter on the rocks?

If that’s the case, skip the egg white and the additional shaking step. Your selection of whiskey actually shines on this model. At residence, I wish to make excellent cubes of ice with this ice dice tray.

Watch The way to Make a Whiskey Bitter

pouring whiskey sour

Whiskey Bitter Variations

Whiskey sours have two well-known variations, one for every coast. The New York Bitter encompasses a float of crimson wine on high. New York Sours are so fairly and festive for the vacations.

The second, The Brown Derby, is 2 variations faraway from the basic recipe. As an alternative of lemon juice, it requires grapefruit juice, and as a substitute of plain easy syrup, it requires honey easy syrup. I really like this drink and its delicate pink hue a lot that I included it in my cookbook, Love Actual Meals, on web page 132.

Easy Taste Changes

You may simply regulate the flavour of your whiskey bitter together with your selection of sweetener. Plain easy syrup is the basic selection, however imparts sweetness alone.

I really like to exchange plain easy syrup with maple syrup, which blends proper into the drink and provides delicate maple taste. I’ve stated it earlier than and I’ll say it once more—maple syrup and whiskey have been made for one another.

Honey lovers, it is best to strive honey easy syrup, which can be complementary in taste. Straight honey doesn’t combine into chilly drinks properly, in order that’s why we’ll flip it right into a easy syrup by mixing it with equal components sizzling water (study extra right here).

You can even add a splash of cinnamon to your drink, as I’ve executed in my Cinnamon Maple Whiskey Bitter. In case you’re serving your drink on the rocks, you would possibly like a cinnamon stick garnish.

whiskey sour on the rocks (no egg, also known as a Boston Sour)

The Greatest Whiskey for Whiskey Sours

In case you dare, select a 90-proof whiskey for some additional kick that balances the sweetness of the drink and stands out in opposition to the sturdy lemon taste. I like to recommend Bulleit, Buffalo Hint or Weller, that are all 90 proof. These are all bourbon whiskeys (all bourbons are whiskey), so it’s secure to say that bourbon is especially well-suited for whiskey sours.

For a extra mellow whiskey taste, select a Canadian whiskey like Crown Royal.

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Please let me know the way your whiskey bitter seems within the feedback! I really like listening to from you.

whiskey sour with egg white foam


Whiskey Bitter

  • Writer: Cookie and Kate
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Complete Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x
  • Class: Cocktail
  • Methodology: Shaken
  • Delicacies: American

5 from 3 critiques

Make the very best whiskey bitter with this recipe! Contemporary lemon juice is vital. Serve your whiskey bitter up with foamy egg white or on the rocks—the recipe consists of directions for both choice. Recipe yields 1 cocktail.



  • 2 ounces bourbon whiskey, akin to Bulleit
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 ½ teaspoons maple syrup or ½ ounce easy syrup
  • Elective: 1 egg white 
  • Orange wedge and Luxardo cocktail cherry, for garnish


Egg white choice (Boston Bitter served up)

  1. Chill your coupe glass by filling it to the brim with ice and water. Set your glass apart.
  2. Pour the bourbon, lemon juice, syrup and egg white into an empty cocktail shaker. Now we’ll do a dry shake—both shake the combination properly for 30 seconds or for max foam, mix it with an immersion blender on excessive for 30 seconds. 
  3. Add a giant scoop of ice to the shaker and shake for about 10 to fifteen seconds, till the surface of the shaker is totally ice chilly. 
  4. Discard the ice water in your glass and gently shake out any cussed water droplets. Pressure the combination into your ready glass. Garnish with an orange wedge and a cocktail cherry on a cocktail skewer. Serve directly. 

No egg white (Whiskey Bitter on the rocks)

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour within the bourbon, lemon juice and syrup. Shake the combination for about 10 to fifteen seconds, till the surface of the shaker is totally ice chilly. 
  2. Fill a rocks glass with ice. Pressure the combination into your ready glass. Garnish with an orange wedge and a cocktail cherry. Serve directly.


Measurement ideas: Two ounces is ¼ cup, one ounce is 2 tablespoons, and ½ ounce is 1 tablespoon. I like to make use of this chrome steel jigger (affiliate hyperlink) for measuring small quantities of liquid.

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