What is the perfect day for a Whiskey Sour? I think the answer could be, any day is the perfect day for this deliciously sweet-sour drink. The sun came out today, and the temperature was almost in the mid-50’s. It was after all, the second day of Spring. Searching for the perfect drink to my perfect meal (Jamie’s Insanity Burger), along came the whiskey sour! The drink was very new to me, in fact I had yet to ever try one. But I had met a new acquaintance in the neighborhood who was a nice British woman. She and I got to talking and somehow, the drink came up. It happened to be her favorite drink, and soon it would become mine. The whiskey sour is the perfect drink for a warm summer’s day, or a nice starter drink during a cocktail hour.
Though Whiskey has never been ‘my drink’ it has its history attached with every sip. Whiskey is a grain-mash alcohol typically aged in wooden white-oak barrels and was once the most popular spirit in the world. Branded as an Irish alcohol, the Irish used to refer to it as the ‘water of life’. There’s a long history and flair to whiskey, while I know little about, I would consider myself a recent convert. The Whiskey Sour as it turns out is the perfect balance of tart to sweet, and alcohol. It carries a strong kick, and if you choose to sweeten it up a bit more, then all you have to do is add a bit more of your syrup or agave. Serve it up cold and in a nice glass. Take your time, and enjoy the history of whiskey and its long-standing tradition.
For the Syrup
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 oz syrup or use agave instead
- 2 oz lemon juice fresh squeezed (1 Lemon)
- 5 oz whisky
- 1 handful ice cubes
- In a small sauce pan, bring your water to a boil, and add the sugar. Stir and turn the temperature down, put the lid on, and let it simmer down for about 10 minutes. Bottle and chill.
For the Whisky Sour
- Squeeze that lemon, or lemons until no more juice emerges.
- You can also skip the whole syrup step and use agave, same amount as the syrup, and honestly, I like it better.
- chill your serving pitcher in the freezer for about 20 min. or until icy white. Combine your ingredients in the chilled mixing pitcher, all but the ice and mix well
- get your glasses, fill with ice
- pour and drink
- another serving suggestion