National Whiskey Sour Day is a reason to rediscover this classic cocktail

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Rediscover a classic on National Whiskey Sour Day.

As one of the most famous after dinner cocktails, National Whiskey Sour Day is the perfect time to shake up this frothy libation. While this classic cocktail might not be everyone’s preferred drink, the old school treat needs to be rediscovered. Are you ready to get shaking?

While this cocktail has evolved over the years, it is basically one of the original classic cocktails. A sour is a category of cocktails. Often featuring a citrus element, that flavor offers the sour punch to balance the sugar and spirt.

In recent years, many old school cocktails have seen a comeback. Whether it is a classic cocktail or a riff on a classic, there is a reason why these libations never go out of style.

Since every cocktail seems to have its own food holiday, National Whiskey Sour day is a great excuse to shake up one of these cocktails. A quick search can produce numerous recipes. Variations include the type of whiskey, the citrus or even the sugar element.

For National Whiskey Sour Day, Jameson Black Barrel shared this version of the Jameson Classic Whiskey Sour.

Here’s how to make a whiskey sour.


  • 2 Parts of Jameson Black Barrel
  • 1 Part of freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 Part sugar syrup
  • 1/2 Part of egg white
  • 3 Parts of your choice of bitters
  • Cherry or lemon twist for garnish


  • Fill a shaker with ice
  • Add 2 Parts Jameson Black Barrel
  • Add 1 Part freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • Add 1/2 Part sugar syrup
  • Add 1/2 Part egg white
  • Add 3 Parts bitters
  • Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass
  • Garnish with a lemon twist

Some people might be scared of the egg white component. The key to this element is to shake very, very vigorously. Think of that shaking as an arm workout for the day. The strong shake will ensure a very frothy egg white.

Also, the bitters are important to this cocktail. Even though this element is a small portion of the recipe, it does elevate the flavor. Experiment with different types of bitters to determine which version you prefer.

Lastly, a whiskey sour makes for a great after dinner drink. It is not too sweet yet not too strong. Instead of having a cookie or a slice of cake, consider slowly sipping this treat.

Why not raise a glass to National Whiskey Sour Day and see why this classic cocktail needs to be rediscovered.

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