Real men drink whiskey, but even real men enjoy something refreshing, cool and delicious on a hot summer’s day; enter the whiskey sour.

A classic whiskey sour is made from Rye, Lemon Juice, Sugar, bitters, and an egg white.

While you can find multiple Whiskey Sour recipes online, I’m of the opinion that things should never be made more complex than they need to be. At the same time you should never dumb something down, if you’re going to do something do it properly.

What you need to make a whiskey sour

  • Martini shaker
  • Rye straight whiskey (if you can’t find real Rye, not Canadian Rye, use Bourbon)
  • Fresh whole lemons (1 per drink)
  • Super fine sugar (or simple syrup) (I like to use berry sugar, as icing sugar tastes odd to me)
  • Large Egg (1 per drink)
  • Orange Bitters (not crucial, but highly recommended)
  • Ice


  1. First drop 1 teaspoon of sugar into your cup, add a little water and dissolve it in the glass. Sugar doesn’t dissolve in alcohol, so make simple syrup in your glass first. You can use more or less of this to taste, if you like things a little more sour start with one flat teaspoon and work from there.
  2. Squeeze the lemon into a standard short whiskey glass, removing any seeds. You’ll want to squeeze one lemon per drink, around 1oz.
  3. Once your lemon is squeezed pour double the amount of whiskey into the same cup (or measure the lemon and double it with the whiskey). I like to use just a tad more then double whiskey than lemon juice; this will be around 2oz.
  4. Fill a martini shaker ¾ full with ice.
  5. Pour the lemon/whiskey mix over the ice.
  6. Crack an egg and add just the egg white on top of the ice. If you’ve never done this before just “juggle” the yolk from one half of the shell to the other, letting the white slide out into the shaker.
  7. Put 1 dash of Orange bitters into the mix. You’re not trying to flavor the drink orange, this is just to help round out drink for a complete full-bodied flavor.
  8. Put the lid on the shaker and shake your mix vigorously. You’ll want to shake harder and longer than you have ever shook any martini. The reason for this is to beat up the egg white, which will give the drink a perfect frothy meringue like head, and a distinct every-so-slippery texture.
  9. Strain out the mix back into the glass, and enjoy.

PS. Since the mixture is frothy from all the shaking it can take a little while to strain the whole contents of the shaker into the glass. Just jiggle and be patient.

Garnish: No real man will ever garnish this drink with a maraschino cherry. If you really feel the need to get fruity and garnish, use a slice of orange. You should also never fill the glass with ice, we’ve already diluted the whiskey with lemon juice, no need to water the drink down any more.

There you go, not only do you get to drink an amazingly delicious fruity drink, it won’t make you feel like any less of a man while you drink it.

Note: This drink was originally created to be made with real Rye. It is the only whiskey I would use for this drink… but if you really can’t get your hands on true Rye bourbon will work nicely in its place.

More Notes: This drink makes a single, it will fill about half of your whiskey glass, double everything up for a full glass.

Even More Notes: If you are not familiar, you can learn the basics of cocktail mixing here.