Celebrate one of the United States’ most beloved cocktails, the whiskey sour, with Minibar Delivery. August 25 rings in National Whiskey Sour Day. If you want an excuse to drink this evening, you are in luck. Observe this holiday with friends or family by exploring the history of this cocktail and mixing up a sour of your own! Out of whiskey? No problem. You order, Minibar Delivery delivers in as little as 30-60 minutes. 

What does a whiskey sour taste like? 

With only 4 ingredients, whiskey, lemon juice, sugar, and water, this drink is quite simple. A whiskey sour is a beverage all about balance. Too much of one ingredient has the potential to alter the cocktail’s entire flavor profile. Be weary of too much lemon juice, as it will make the beverage overpoweringly tart. Likewise, an excess of sugar is quite cloying. The lemon juice balances the whiskey, while the sugar minimizes the bite of the tart lemon juice. Striking the right balance, however, ensures a refreshing drink that all 21+ can enjoy! 

What is the history of this drink? 

Although the first printed recipe of a whiskey sour cocktail dates back to 1862, in Jerry Thomas’ How to Mix Drinks, many believe the drink originated long before. This tart cocktail first found its popularity aboard naval ships decades prior. Surprisingly, this drink originated as a cure. Sailors, who could spend months at sea, ran the risk of developing scurvy, a disease linked to vitamin C deficiency. Realizing that citrus was a way to prevent scurvy, sailors would take them on board. Since water was not always dependable, spirits were often used. Eventually, sailors found the mix of whiskey, lemon, sugar, and water was a deliciously refreshing combination. 

How should a whiskey sour be served? 

The glass in which a whiskey sour should be served is largely up to the bartender. Patrons can enjoy this tart cocktail in a variety of glasses. Some recommend serving the drink in a coupe or sour glass, while others opt for a rocks glass with one large ice cube. The drink is best enjoyed ice cold to further heighten its refreshing quality. 

How do you make a whiskey sour? 

Although the basic recipe remains the same, the whiskey sour has evolved over the years. In fact, the original whiskey sour serves as the base of two famous modern cocktails, The Boston Sour and the New York Sour. In the Boston variation, the tart cocktail includes a dash of egg white. While bartenders top the tart cocktail with red white to make it a New York Sour. 

The original whiskey sour is perfectly, not overwhelmingly tart. Simply combine 2oz bourbon, 3/4oz lemon juice, ¾ oz simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add ice to the shaker, cover, and shake until the outside of the vessel is very cold. Next, strain the cocktail through a Hawthorn strainer into a rocks glass filled with ice.

Minibar Delivery’s Whiskey Recommendations

We know our extensive selection of whiskey can be overwhelming. Therefore, we have complied a list of our go-to whiskeys to try today. Minibar Delivery promises you will not be disappointed!

Bulleit Bourbon

The complexity of Bulleit Bourbon comes from its unique blend of rye, corn, and barley malt, along with special strains of yeast and pure Kentucky limestone-filtered water. Due to its especially high rye content, Bulleit Bourbon has a bold, spicy character with a finish that’s distinctively clean and smooth.

Hudson Baby Bourbon

The first legal pot-distilled whiskey made in New York since prohibition. Mild and friendly with bright flavors of caramel, spice, and oaky vanilla. Enjoy neat or on the rocks.

Maker’s Mark Bourbon Whiskey

Created by Bill Samuels, Sr. to be a bourbon that he would enjoy drinking himself, Maker’s Mark® is smooth and approachable with an effortless finish – a true contrast to hot, harsh whiskeys that “blow your ears off,” and a downright radical idea at the time.

Knob Creek Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Knob Creek® was created to restore the standards of pre-prohibition bourbon. The result is an undeniably big, full flavor that strikes your senses with a maple sugar aroma, distinctive sweetness and a rich, woody, caramel flavor.

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