Saturday, October 3rd, 2015
August 25 was Whiskey Sour Day so I decided to make a video of the auspicious occasion by preparing 2 classic cocktails. First the name day cocktail Whiskey Sour, and an Old Fashion. You’re saying Aug 25 was a month ago, you’re just now posting it?” Here’s the thing. When you’re making a food video about spirits, you run the risk of drinking more than you should. This is not an excuse, it’s reality. One that I have encountered before.
Note: In doing the prep/research for this video I found that fresh lemon juice makes a big difference and although it’s not necessary to use top shelf whiskey, a good whiskey will give you a better result.
Here’s the video.
Whiskey Sour: I used a Boston shaker so I can see my proportions in the glass container.
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1 oz Agave Syrup or simple syrup
2 oz Whiskey (I used a really nice rye)
Add the ice to the shaker and shake until chilled. Strain in a Whiskey Sour glass and garnish with a cherry. If you like your drink on the rocks be sure to strain the drink over fresh large ice cubes. The larger the cube the slower it will melt and the less watered down your drink will be.
1 sugar cube or 1 teaspoon of sugar
1/2 oz water or soda to resolve the sugar
Instead of the the sugar and water I use 1 oz of Agave Syrup
2 dashes of angostura bitters
2-3 oz of bourbon
Add ice and stir until chilled
garnish with a cherry.
The fashion in the 50’s was to muddle some fruit in the bottom of the glass before adding ice and stirring
NOTE: You’ll notice in the video I splashed the contents of my drink as I went to muddle the fruit. This would not have happened had I noticed that I was using the wrong end of the muddle stick. You hold on to the smooth end and use the coarse/grooved end to muddle. It is the sharp edges of the muddler that cut into the orange to release the oils.