Happy Whisky Sour day! While this cocktail is one of the most classic and simple to craft, it's experiencing a renaissance and as the dog days of summer grind on, we're craving the sweet-sour punch this chilled cocktail offers. To spice up our Whisky Sour recipes, we reached out to bartender and cocktail expert, Cyllan Hicks of Midnights in Brooklyn, New York.
According to Hicks, the Whisky Sour is a cocktail you can drink anytime, anywhere—"it's definitely a sip and relax spirited drink."
Hicks explained, "The Whiskey Sour is absolutely a classic cocktail. It's notable because it can be made by anyone, not just bartenders. It possesses all the elements of a classic cocktail taste profile—alcohol, sugar, and citrus. I try to make cocktails approachable for everyone and the Whiskey Sour is something that everyone can enjoy at home, at your dive bar/club, or speakeasy (using egg whites of course)."
We asked Hicks to share two creative twists on the whiskey sour with us. He gave us the lowdown on his inspiration for the drinks, "Traditionally, a whiskey sour is made using egg whites. From my experience, some drinkers aren't comfortable with eggs in their drinks. So, I decided to leave it out. I went with honey instead of simple syrup because I wanted a richer profile, and used Dewar’s 12 Blended Scotch instead of bourbon to create my own twist on the traditional cocktail. I also used Lillet Rouge to add some color and give a bit more completed profile. The Disaronno Bitter Sour is another creation of mine, offering a version for those who do not like whisky, but can still celebrate the day."
Shake and pour over rocks. Add Lillet Rouge as floater. Garnish with lemon wheel and rosemary sprig.
Disaronno Bitter Sour
Shake and pour over rocks. Add dashes of Angostura Bitters. Garnish with lemon peel.