Cocktail Series: Whiskey Sour

If you’re headed for the seas, make sure to pack your bags with all the essentials. Cover the basics with a toothbrush, suitable clothes, maybe a favorite book, and definitely don’t forget the whiskey . Said to have originally appeared in Jerry Thomas’ book, The Bartender’s Guide published in 1862, the whiskey sour finds itself as an old reliable cocktail that has been ordered time and time again, no matter the bar or location. Speaking of location, certain cities have their own variation on this classic. The New York Sour adds a dash of red wine into the mix, while Boston takes the egg whites approach. You can switch out the whiskey to make another well known sour cocktail. Yes, my friend, you guessed it: an Amaretto Sour. There are many sour variations, but we’re going back to the basics. Unreliable water, rotten food, scurvy, oh my! While the recipe was not written down until the mid-1800s, sailors were benefitting from this sour concoction long before. Used to combat scurvy, a disease caused by lack of Vitamin C, lemons and limes were abundant on the floating wood vessels, and sailors did not have to worry about liquor spoiling during their journey. Over time, the citrus, liquor, sugar, and water were added to the class forming the cocktail we all know and love today. While the English tended to go for Gin or Brandy , American sailors stuck with whiskey. To enjoy the original creation, grab lemon juice, whiskey, sugar and water (simple syrup if you don’t wish to make your own), and set sail.

Eagle Rare

Aged 10 Years Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Great for Whiskey Sours,
3 shots whiskey
1 shot Cointreau
1 shot sweet & sour
Juice of 1 lemon
Top with club soda
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St. George Spirits

Botanivore Gin

Citrusy with black pepper. — 6 years ago

Caledonia Spirits

Barr Hill Gin

Rob B

Placed 2nd of 5 at home gin tasting. Relatively smooth and you could definitely taste the honey. — 6 years ago

Macallan Distillery

Classic Cut Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky 2018

Color of saturated caramel. Nose of refined fermented grains, baked apple, dates, a bit sherry wood, a bit cinnamon, sweet caramel, and powerful. Taste is quite dry, just a hint of sweetness, with cinnamon, baked apple, zest, woody, thick, and spice. Sweetness and chocolate come later after dilutes in mouth. Aftertaste of some more briny note, salty mineral, honey note, more dark chocolate, and thick oily. Pretty concentrated and refined. — 4 years ago

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Greenhook Ginsmiths

American Dry Gin

Hugely floral and aromatic. Savory styled akin to Hendrick's. Elderflower comes through to give it an element of elegance. Extremely good. — 5 years ago

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Nikka Whisky Distilling Company

Coffey Grain Whisky

Not a huge whiskey aficionado but this was fantastic! Very smooth and not very sweet. — 6 years ago

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Solera Gran Reserva Brandy

Very port like in the nose. Dark brown with a little ruby. Some burnt toffee and vanilla with a little spice. Almost rum like. Let some alcohol bleed off and it softens nicely and rounds. — 5 years ago

Nikka Whisky Distilling Company

From the Barrel Double Matured Blended Whiskey

Drank the last of the bottle. Delicious! — 5 years ago

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Flavorful and fantastic. — 6 years ago