The 5 Best Whiskeys for Whiskey Sours
With a hint of citrus and candied toffee notes, Buffalo Trace is one of the best whiskeys for whiskey sours. Whether you opt for the egg white or not, this classic bourbon holds up—though there’s a strong case to be made for the latter. According to Karen Fu, Beverage Director ofDonna Cocktail Club, adding egg whites are “a good way to experience that texture and foam and mouthfeel that sours call for.”
While most traditional whiskey sours are crafted with bourbon, rye has become a favorite among mixologists and bar-goers in recent years. As one of the smoothest ryes on the market, Templeton showcases rye’s natural sweetness but is spicy and earthy enough to stand up to the sugar and lemon.
Steeped in over 200 years of tradition (and as complex as it is presentable), Basil Hayden’s is an ideal choice for whiskey purists. This go-to bourbon carries subtle notes of black tea and peppermint and is ideal for crafting a refreshing and sophisticated whiskey sour.
For those looking to stray off the beaten path, a scotch-based whiskey sour is well worth giving a try. Highlighting the smokiness of scotch as well as the oak, vanilla, and honeyed finish of bourbon, this surprisingly well-priced scotch creates a rich and earthy whiskey sour.
Four Roses has long been one of the most versatile bourbons for mixed cocktails, so it should come as no surprise that it’s one of the best whiskeys for whiskey sours. Smooth and spicy with a bit of a bite, this respectable yet affordable bourbon is perfect for ordering out or enjoying at home.
2 oz. bourbon
3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
3/4 oz. simple syrup (or 1 tsp. fine sugar)
1 egg white (optional)
Shake all ingredients twice, first without ice and then with ice. Double-strain over ice, then garnish with a cherry and an orange peel. Top with a dash of Angostura bitters.
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