GSN Alert: August 25th – National Whiskey Sour Day

In celebration of National Whiskey Sour Day on August 25th, GSN is pleased to share some recipes featuring one of our favorite bourbons. Cheers!

Gentleman’s Sour
2 oz Gentleman Jack
¾ oz Fresh Lemon Juice
¾ oz Simple Syrup
1 Egg White
1 Activated Charcoal Pouch*

Method: Dry shake all ingredients. Add ice. Shake well. Fine strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Apply bitters with stencil.

*Charcoal pouch – empty 1 activated charcoal pouch into coffee filter. Twist into a pouch and use a rubber band to keep closed – can be reused.

Spa Day Sour
1 ½ oz. Gentleman Jack
1 oz. sour mix
½ oz. Giffard Pamplemousse
2 oz. ginger beer
2 slices muddled cucumber

Method: Shake all but ginger beer with ice. Add ginger beer. Strain over ice into a Collins glass.

Optional: Garnish with slice of cucumber.

Eat A Peach
1 ½ oz. Gentleman Jack
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 oz. Monin Peach Syrup
2 oz. lemon/lime soda

Method: Shake all but soda with ice. Add soda. Strain over ice into a Collins glass.

Optional: Garnish with lemon wedge.

Sour No. 7 (Vegan)
1 ½ oz Gentleman Jack
¾ oz Fresh Lemon Juice
¾ oz Simple Syrup (1:1)
¾ oz Organic Soy Milk
½ oz Liquid Corn*

Method: Dry shake all with a steel shaker ball. Remove ball, add ice and shake more. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Apply bitter with mister or dropper.

*Liquid Corn – Hand blend a can of organic sweet corn (including liquid). Strain all solids and transfer to squeeze bottle.

Modern Sour
1 ½ oz Gentleman Jack
½ oz Mandarine Napoleon
¾ oz fresh lemon juice
¾ oz simple syrup
2 oz ginger beer

Method: Shake all, but ginger beer with ice. Add ginger beer. Strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a lemon twist.

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GSN Alert: August 25th – National Whiskey Sour Day

whiskey_sourOne of the venerable cocktails from Jerry Thomas’ How to Mix Drinks, or the Bon Vivant’s Companion (1862) that seems to have been largely ignored in the cocktail renaissance.  Here’s the original recipe.

Whiskey Sour
(Use small bar-glass.)
Take 1 large tea-spoonful of powdered white sugar, dissolved in a little Seltzer or Apollinaris water.
The juice of half a small lemon.
1 wine-glass of Bourbon or rye whiskey.

Fill the glass full of shaved ice, shake up and strain into a claret glass. Ornament with berries.

It does seem a bit intimidating when written this way.  Instead try either of these versions.  The first more simple, yet authentic take courtesy of David Wondrich; and the second a 21st century creation via Jeffrey Morgenthaler.

Whiskey Sour
2 ounces bourbon
2/3 ounce lemon juice
1 teaspoon superfine sugar

Shake the bourbon, juice, and sugar well with cracked ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass (unless you happen to have a Sour glass). Resist, if you can, the impulse to decorate lavishly with fruit, although a maraschino cherry will raise no eyebrows.

Whiskey Sour with Marmalade
2 oz. 100-proof bourbon
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
½ oz. simple syrup
1 tsp. orange marmalade
1 egg white
3 drops Angostura bitters

Combine bourbon, juice, syrup, marmalade, and egg white in a shaker filled with ice; shake. Strain into a chilled coupe glass. Add bitters, and using a toothpick, swirl into whites.