Spring Hill Ranch's Classic Whiskey Sour

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Making its first appearance in the first published cocktail book, Jerry Thomas' The Bon Vivant's Companion or How to Mix Drinks, The sour evolved from the practice of adding lime juice to rum rations to prevent scurvy among sailors in the British Navy in the 1700s.
At its most simple, the modern whiskey sour is simply whiskey, lemon or lime juice (or a combination of the two) and sugar. While there are a number of embellishments modern bartenders might add, the classic whiskey sour remains an iconic cocktail and one worth celebrating today

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2 oz
bourbon whiskey
1 oz
lemon juice
2 tsp
powdered (confectioners') sugar or 1/2 ounce simple syrup
egg white (optional to give the cocktail a little frothiness)
lemon slice or wedge for garnish
maraschino cherry for garnish

How to Make Spring Hill Ranch's Classic Whiskey Sour


  • 1In a cocktail shaker shake the bourbon, lemon juice, and sugar. Add the egg white (if using)and ice and shake until the drink is frothy and well chilled. Strain the drink into a sour glass (for the classic "straight up" version) or pour the drink and ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with lemon and a cherry.

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About Spring Hill Ranch's Classic Whiskey Sour

Course/Dish: Other Appetizers, Cocktails
Main Ingredient: Alcohol
Regional Style: American

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