National Whiskey Sour Day: Three Whiskey Sours With A Twist, How To Elevate Your Whiskey Sour With Unique Flavors

Introduction

National Whiskey Sour Day is celebrated annually on August 25th. This delicious day commemorates the tart and tangy cocktail made with whiskey, lemon juice, and sugar. While the classic recipe is a refreshing treat, there are many ways to elevate your Whiskey Sour with unique flavors. However you choose to enjoy it, be sure to raise a glass on National Whiskey Sour Day! Be careful too much good whiskey can turn your day sour!

This History of Whiskey

Whiskey has been around for centuries, and its history is full of interesting stories and characters. Early whiskey was made from a variety of grains, including wheat, rye, and barley. The first recorded mention of whiskey comes from an Irish monk named Christianus Scotus, who wrote about a drink made from malt and water that was "good for the stomach." In the early days of whiskey production, the process was often crude, and the finished product was often rough and harsh.

This began to change in the 18th century, when Scottish distilleries began using copper stills to produce a smoother, more refined whiskey. The use of copper stills quickly spread to Ireland and America, where it became the standard method for making whiskey. Today, there are many different types of whiskey, each with its own distinctive flavor. But whether it's single malt or blended, Scotch or Irish, whiskey continues to be enjoyed by drinkers around the world.

Very Berry

How To Make The Very Berry Recipe

Tip: Use the Barsys Coaster for an elevated cocktail-making experience!

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Bourbon Whiskey
  • 0.5 oz Blackberry Syrup
  • 0.75 oz Lemon Juice
  • 1 Egg White

Glass:

Old Fashioned

Garnish:

Blackberries and Lemon Peel

Instructions:

Preparation time without the Barsys Coaster 5 - 10 minutes

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add in Bourbon Whiskey, Blackberry Syrup, Lemon Juice, and Egg White.
  2. Give it a dry shake and then add fresh ice and shake well.
  3. Strain into an Old-Fashioned glass.
  4. Garnish with Blackberries and Lemon Peel and serve.

The Herbalist

How To Make The Herbalist Recipe

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Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Scotch Whisky
  • 0.5 oz Sugar Syrup
  • 0.75 oz Lemon Juice
  • 1 oz Cucumber Juice
  • 4 Basil Leaves
  • 1 Egg White

Glass:

Old-Fashioned

Garnish:

Cucumber Slice and Basil Leaf

Instructions:

Preparation time without the Barsys Coaster 3 - 5 minutes

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add in the Scotch Whisky, Sugar Syrup, Lemon Juice, Cucumber Juice, Basil Leaves, and Egg White.
  2. Dry shake the cocktail.
  3. Add ice, shake well and strain into an ice filled Old-Fashioned glass.
  4. Garnish with a Cucumber Slice and Basil Leaf and serve.

Cheeky Peach

How To Make The Cheeky Peach Recipe

Tip: Use the Barsys Coaster for an elevated cocktail-making experience!

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Bourbon Whiskey
  • 0.5 oz Peach Syrup
  • 0.75 oz Lemon Juice
  • 1 Egg White

Glass:

Old-Fashioned

Garnish:

Peach Wedge

Instructions:

Preparation time without the Barsys Coaster 3 - 5 minutes

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add in the Bourbon Whiskey, Peach Syrup, Lemon Juice, and Egg White.
  2. Dry shake the cocktail and then add ice and shake vigorously.
  3. Strain into an Old-Fashioned glass, garnish with a Peach Wedge and serve.

Tips On How To Make The Best National Whiskey Sour Day Cocktails

  • Change up the basic maraschino cherry and orange slice garnish with a variety of fruits and herbs.
  • Use freshly squeezed lemon juice for the best tasting cocktail.
  • Try to layer Egg White on top of the cocktail.
  • Change up your cocktail glass with a lowball glass, rocks glass, or martini glass.
  • Customize your cocktail flavor with Angostura Bitters, cola syrup, or simple syrup.

Recommended Bourbon Whiskey Brands

Knob Creek

Knob Creek is a classic bourbon that is perfect for any whiskey lover. It has a sweet and woody flavor with hints of vanilla and caramel. The finish is dry and tidy, making it ideal for sipping neat or on the rocks.

Bulleit Bourbon

Bulleit Bourbon is a Kentucky bourbon that is a bit lighter and fruitier than Knob Creek, with notes of orange peel, spice, and honey. It's also slightly sweeter than most bourbons, making it perfect for cocktails. The finish is clean and crisp, making it a great choice for mixing.

Woodford Reserve

Woodford Reserve is a rich and complex bourbon with notes of chocolate, coffee, and leather. It's full-bodied and loaded with flavor, making it perfect for sipping neat or on the rocks. The finish is long and luxurious, making it a true indulgence.

Recommended Scotch Whisky Brands

Johnnie Walker

This brand has been around since 1820 and is one of the most popular scotch whiskies in the world. Johnnie Walker has a smooth, complex flavor that is perfect for sipping neat or on the rocks.

Chivas Regal

Chivas Regal is a bit lighter than Johnnie Walker, but it still has a rich, full flavor. It's perfect for mixing in a classic cocktail or enjoying on its own.

Glenlivet

Glenlivet is a bit more intense than the other two brands, but it's still smooth and easy to drink. It's perfect for sipping neat or enjoying with a splash of water.

What To Pair With A Whiskey Sour Cocktail

While a Whiskey Sour may be delicious on its own, there are a few simple pairings that can take this classic cocktail to the next level.

For starters, try pairing your Whiskey Sour with a nice piece of dark chocolate. The chocolate will help to smooth out the harshness of the whiskey, and the sweetness will complement the tartness of the lemon juice.

Alternatively, you could try pairing your Whiskey Sour with a grilled peach. The smokiness of the grill will add an interesting depth of flavor to the drink, while the sweetness of the peach will balance out the acidity of the lemon juice.

Another pairing that will complement the flavors of the drink is a bold cheese such as cheddar or Gouda.

No matter what you choose to pair it with, a Whiskey Sour is sure to be a hit!

Conclusion

National Whiskey Sour Day is the perfect excuse to whip up a classic Whiskey Sour cocktail. Whether you're shaking up a traditional Whiskey Sour or trying a new twist on the classic recipe, these refreshing drinks are sure to please. So raise a glass and celebrate National Whiskey Sour Day in style!

Cheers,

Team Barsys