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Recipe: Whiskey Sour Sorbet — Dramming
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Recipe: Whiskey Sour Sorbet

by Oliver Klimek on August 26, 2011

25th August is National Whiskey Sour Day in the USA. Whiskey sour is one of the most traditional American mixed drinks, so dedicating an holiday to it seems like a good idea. Unfortunately, I am a day late with publishing my take on the whiskey sour topic, but anyway, here it comes:


  • 500 ml syrup made from equal parts water and sugar
  • 100 ml bourbon or rye whiskey
  • 100 ml Rose’s lime juice
  • 50 to 150 ml lemon juice
  • Zest of one lemon, finely chopped
  • 1 egg white


Mix syrup, lemon zest, whiskey and lime juice and then add lemon juice to your preferred degree of sourness. Pour into a flat open vessel and place in the freezer. When the mixture starts to get slushy, beat the egg white and mix it in with a whisk. Regularly stir with the whisk to prevent ice crystals forming. Because of the alcohol content, freezing is rather slow, so it is advisable to prepare it a day in advance.

As there is some controversy if a ‘proper’ whiskey sour is made with lemon or lime juice, I decided to go for a mixture of both. You can of course omit one type of juice in favour of the other. Of course there is less whiskey in the sorbet as there is in the drink, otherwise it would not freeze at all. But you always can add a splash or two to the glass when serving it.

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steve August 26, 2011 at 3:50 pm

See the list of recipes here I thought I’d share my favorite whisky mixed drink. After a party I had a slight surplus of single malt whisky and wanted to figure out a mixed drink. I did a search and found a list of drinks; one that stood out is called the MacAlpine.
60ml whisky
5ml fresh lemon juice
5ml sugar (I recommend finely ground and/or simple syrup )
Good ginger ale or ginger beer (I like it spicier so I’ve been using Cock and Bull http://goo.gl/D5Rvy, or http://goo.gl/v8ypg)
Add whisky, lemon juice, and sugar to a shaker with ice. Shake well.
Open lid and strainer and add ginger beverage. Replace lid/strainer and pour into glass with ice. I do the previous to easily mix the ginger beer with the whisky mixture.
Enjoy and try to drink just one.


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