Scotch Sour

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User Rating (73 ratings)

Garnish:

Lemon & orange zest twists

How to make:

SHAKE all ingredients with ice. Strain back into shaker and DRY SHAKE (without ice). Strain into ice-filled glass.

2 fl oz Dewar's 12 Year Old Scotch whisky
5/6 fl oz Lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
1/2 fl oz Sugar syrup 'rich' (2 sugar to 1 water, 65.0°brix)
1/2 fl oz Pasteurised egg white (or aquafaba)
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Review:

This drink is sadly often overlooked in favour of the bourbon-based Whiskey Sour.

Depending on the peatiness of the whisky, I don't tend to add bitters to a Scotch Sour. However, as David A. Embury says in his 1948 The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, "Two dashes of Angostura to each drink constitute a pleasing addition to this drink. Lime juice may be used in place of lemon, but, to most tastes, lemon combines more pleasingly with whisky than does lime. Scotch or Irish may be used in place of rye or bourbon, but the smoky taste of Scotch does not combine pleasingly with citrus juices."

While I'm usually in full agreement with Embury, I vehemently disagree with his opinion regarding the pairing of peaty Scotch and citrus. And for evidence to back my argument, I call The Penicillin Cocktail.

Nutrition:

192 calories

Alcohol content:

  • 1.4 standard drinks
  • 16.83% alc./vol. (33.66° proof)
  • 19.4 grams of pure alcohol
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