Whiskey Sour (Classic Formula)

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Old-fashioned glass
Measuring jigger


266 calories

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Lemon slice & Luxardo Maraschino cherry on stick (sail)

How to make:

SHAKE all ingredients with ice and strain into ice-filled glass.

2 fl oz Bourbon whiskey
34 fl oz Freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 fl oz Giffard Sugar Cane Syrup
3 dash Angostura or other aromatic bitters
12 fl oz Pasteurised egg white

Our comment:

I find the classic formulation more sweet than sour and prefer the 4:2:8 ratio.


This recipe follows the classic sour proportions (3:4:8) three quarter part of the sour ingredient (lemon juice) one part of the sweet ingredient (sugar syrup) and two parts of the strong ingredient (whiskey).

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