About National Whiskey Sour Day
On August 25th, National Whiskey Sour Day is celebrated to honor one of the most iconic and beloved cocktails in America. Whiskey sour is a delicious combination of whiskey, lemon juice, sugar, and sometimes egg white that has been enjoyed for centuries.
The origins of National Whiskey Sour Day are not well documented, but it is believed to have started in the United States, where whiskey has been a popular spirit for many years. The holiday is a chance to celebrate this classic cocktail and to experiment with new flavors and variations.
Whiskey sour is typically made with whiskey, lemon juice, and sugar, which are shaken together with ice and strained into a glass. Some recipes also call for the addition of egg white, which gives the cocktail a frothy texture and a silky mouthfeel. The cocktail can be served on the rocks or straight up, depending on personal preference.
One of the great things about whiskey sour is its versatility. It can be made with different types of whiskey, like bourbon or rye, and can be flavored with different types of fruit or herbs, like blackberries or thyme. Some people even add a splash of ginger ale or soda water to their whiskey sour for an extra refreshing twist.
Celebrating National Whiskey Sour Day can be as simple as enjoying a glass of whiskey sour at your favorite bar or as involved as hosting a cocktail-making party with friends or family. Many bars and restaurants also offer special promotions or discounts on whiskey sour to mark the occasion.
In addition to being a delicious cocktail, whiskey sour also has some health benefits. Whiskey is known to have some antioxidant properties, and lemon juice provides vitamin C and other important nutrients. Of course, it's important to enjoy whiskey sour in moderation, as it is still an alcoholic beverage.
How to make a Whiskey Sour
To make a whiskey sour, you will need the following ingredients:
- 2 oz whiskey (bourbon or rye)
- 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 oz simple syrup (or sugar syrup)
- 1 egg white (optional)
Here's how to make it:
In a shaker, combine the whiskey, lemon juice, and simple syrup.
If using egg white, add it to the shaker as well. Shake the mixture without ice for about 10-15 seconds to froth up the egg white.
Add ice to the shaker and shake vigorously for about 20-30 seconds to chill the mixture and create a nice frothy texture.
Strain the cocktail into a glass filled with ice.
Garnish with a cherry and a slice of lemon, if desired.
Enjoy your delicious whiskey sour!