Classic Aussie Whiskey Sour: A Tangy Twist On A Timeless Cocktail

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The whiskey sour is a timeless cocktail enjoyed worldwide, and Australia is no exception. This deceptively simple drink packs a flavorful punch, making it a perfect choice for any occasion. Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue or unwinding after a long day, a well-crafted whiskey sour is sure to hit the spot.


Whiskey Sour cocktail recipe
Whiskey Sour cocktail recipe

2 ounces (60 ml) whiskey (preferably Australian rye whiskey for a local twist)

  • 1 ounce (30 ml) fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ ounce (22.5 ml) simple syrup (or to taste)
  • 1 egg white (optional, for a frothy texture)
  • Lemon wedge or maraschino cherry for garnish (optional)

  • Directions:

    1. Gather your ingredients. Make sure your lemons are fresh and your whiskey is chilled.
    2. Juice the lemon. You can use a manual juicer or an electric citrus press for this step. Aim for about 1 ounce of fresh juice.
    3. Prepare your shaker. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. If you’re using egg white, add it to the shaker now.
    4. Combine the liquids. Pour the whiskey, lemon juice, and simple syrup into the shaker.
    5. Shake vigorously. Shake the shaker for about 15 seconds, or until the outside of the shaker feels frosty. This chills the drink and creates a nice froth, especially if you’re using egg white.
    6. Strain into a chilled coupe glass. Double strain the drink using a fine-mesh strainer to remove any ice chips or egg white chunks (if not using).
    7. Garnish (optional). Express the oils from a lemon wedge over the drink by gently squeezing it over the surface and then placing it on the rim of the glass. Alternatively, you can use a maraschino cherry for a pop of color.
    8. Enjoy! Sip your whiskey sour slowly and savor the refreshing citrus flavors balanced by the smooth whiskey.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 160-200 (depending on the whiskey and simple syrup used)

  • Carbohydrates: 10-15 grams (mostly from the simple syrup)
  • Protein: 1 gram (if using egg white)
  • Fat: 0 grams

  • Please note: These are approximate nutrition facts and can vary depending on the ingredients used.


    The whiskey sour is a versatile cocktail that can be easily customized to your taste. For a sweeter drink, add a little more simple syrup. If you prefer a tarter flavor, add a squeeze of extra lemon juice. Experiment and find your perfect balance!


    1. Can I use a different type of whiskey?

    Absolutely! While Australian rye whiskey adds a nice local touch, you can use any whiskey you like. Bourbon, for example, will add a touch of sweetness, while Irish whiskey will offer a smoother flavor profile.

    2. What is the best way to substitute the egg white?

    If you’re vegan or simply don’t want to use egg white, you can achieve a similar froth by using aquafaba (the chickpea brine from a can of chickpeas). Simply whip the aquafaba with a hand mixer until stiff peaks form, then add it to your shaker along with the other ingredients.

    3. What if I don’t have simple syrup?

    You can easily make simple syrup at home. Combine equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan and heat over low heat until the sugar dissolves. Let the syrup cool completely before using.

    4. How long will a whiskey sour stay good?

    A properly prepared whiskey sour will stay good for up to 24 hours in the refrigerator. However, the ice will melt, diluting the drink. It’s always best to enjoy your whiskey sour fresh.

    5. Can I make a non-alcoholic version of a whiskey sour?