Whiskey Sour Recipe

Cocktail Recipes

Classic Whiskey Sour

The whiskey sour is a crowd-pleaser. This classic cocktail calls for just a few ingredients that most home bartenders probably already have.

The secret to the perfect whiskey sour? Getting the balance just right. A flavor profile of sweet and sour along with our Jameson Black Barrel form the base of this popular cocktail. Add an egg white and a few dashes of Angostura bitters and the result is a drink you’ll find yourself making over and over again.

What do you need


  • 50 Ice Cubes
  • 50 ml Jameson Black Barrel
  • 25 ml Lemon Juice
  • 15 ml Simple Syrup
  • 1 Egg White
  • 3 Dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 1 Lemon Twist
  • 50 Ice Cubes
  • 1⅔ Parts Jameson Black Barrel
  • ⅚ Parts Lemon Juice
  • ½ Parts Simple Syrup
  • Part Egg White
  • 3 Dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 1 Lemon Twist

How to make

  1. Fill a shaker with ice.

  2. Add Jameson Black Barrel, lemon juice, simple syrup, egg white, and Angostura bitters.

  3. Shake until the shaker feels cold (about 20 seconds) and strain into a chilled rocks glass. Garnish with a lemon twist and serve.

About this Cocktail

What makes the whiskey sour a classic? We think it’s the perfect combination of flavors. A sour is a type of cocktail that includes an acid (like lemon or lime juice) along with something sweet – flavors that, when added to a complex whiskey, balance each other perfectly.
Smooth Jameson Black Barrel, with its rich, intense flavor, provides the perfect base for this creamy, frothy drink. You can adjust the levels of sweetness, acidity, and whiskey to suit your taste. The bitters add spice and the egg white creates a creamy texture and the signature foam on top. If you don’t want egg white in your whiskey sour, feel free to omit it or substitute with the same amount of aquafaba (chickpea water). We recommend serving without ice so you can enjoy every sip.

Whiskey Sour FAQs

What is the best whiskey for whiskey sour?

A smooth Irish whiskey like our Jameson Black Barrel is the perfect base for a whiskey sour.

What is the difference between a whiskey sour and old-fashioned?

The whiskey sour and old fashioned are both whiskey cocktails with similar ingredients. However, whiskey sours include lemon juice (or another citrus) and egg whites, giving them an acidic kick, while old fashioneds do not.

Is a whiskey sour served over ice?

While we are fans of shaking your whiskey sour with ice, we don’t recommend drinking it over ice. Ice dilutes the flavor as it melts – and your last sip should be just as good as your first!

Why does whiskey sour contain egg?

Egg white tames the sour flavor and gives the cocktail a richer, smoother texture. The aerated egg white also creates the signature froth on the surface of the drink.


Can you make a whiskey sour without egg white?

Of course! You can still make a delicious whiskey sour without egg white. If you want a frothy drink, we recommend substituting the same amount of aquafaba (chickpea water).