Sugar, spice and everything nice, these are the ingredients chosen to create the perfect *drum roll* whisky sour! Just in case you needed a reason to celebrate, we’re here to tell you that today is Whisky Sour Day, a day specially created to celebrate this delicious cocktail, and the role it has played in cocktail culture around the world. It has converted ardent whisky-on-the-rocks gentlemen into passionate advocates for whisky cocktails. In fact, even the ones who claimed they have no taste for whisky have found it delicious. These very factors have led us to believe that it is not your homemade lasagna or guacamole dip that’s the hero of the house party. It is in fact, the mighty Whisky Sour. Whether you’ve invited a few colleagues over for drinks, you’ve organised a reunion of old friends, or you’re just celebrating with family at home, it’s the perfect drink to serve at a house party.
Know your drink
The first mention of the cocktail goes back to more than a century ago, when it appeared in the book ‘The Bon Vivant’s Companion’ by Jerry Thomas in 1862. Today, it is one of the most popular cocktails, enjoyed by many across the world. This acid forward, juice-based drink is on the slightly sweeter side and can be enjoyed on its own. It is also surprisingly easy to make at home. The Whisky Sour is essentially a mixture of whisky, sugar and citrus. All you need to do is put together any sweetener (either sugar or maple, honey or jaggery) with fruits of your choice (fresh pineapple, orange or pomegranate works well) and your whisky. The most important ingredient is the egg white, that gives the drink a nice creamy texture with a foamy cap. However there are vegan friendly options as well. Substitute the egg white with aquafaba (the liquid leftover from cooked chickpeas or lentils) and it tastes just as good!
This timeless cocktail is all about balance – the sugar and the lemon level each other out and the rich, smooth texture of The Singleton Single Malt Scotch Whisky makes the perfect blend. To serve your guests, take these ingredients, shake them with ice, and strain the mixture into an ice-filled whisky glass. You can garnish with lemon or orange slices or take your pick of seasonal fruit to add to it. There’s no right or wrong way to serve the drink to your guests – choose a rocks glass, highball or stemmed glass.
Choose your whisky carefully
Your choice of whisky to serve at a house party makes a huge difference to your cocktail. We recommend serving any of The Singleton Scotch Whisky Single Malts. The luscious nectar of The Singleton 12 Year Old makes it the ideal serve for a range of palettes. The decadent Singleton 15 Year Old Malt, with its rich fruity flavour is truly a malt for all and goes beautifully in a Whisky Sour. Last but not the least, The Singleton 18 Year Old with its smooth notes and silky honey texture makes it a great spirit to pair with the fruity flavours of the Whisky Sour.
Pair it with the right food
Go for bite sized appetizers and simple flavours that will seamlessly complement your cocktail. Think kebabs, pocket sandwiches, sliders, chips, roasted nuts or even avocado on toast. The Singleton 12 Year Old, with its slight sweetness and rich texture goes well with a meat and cheese platter or an array of seafood. The rich and warmly spiced Singleton 15 Year old is perfectly paired with spicy Indian dishes like tikkas or curries. Finally, the sweet notes and silky honey flavours of The Singleton 18 Year Old, goes wonderfully with finger food like cheese sticks, sushi rolls, fish fingers or dry fruits.
There are many different takes on the Whisky Sour, but what matters is making sure every one of your guests enjoys the drink. In fact you can even let your guests take charge and create their own versions of the cocktail. Some may like it sweeter, some may prefer it a little on the bitter side. The Singleton Whisky Sour recipe interestingly makes use of pepper instead of bitters, giving it a unique twist. Similarly, your guests can mix and match and play around with different syrups. Plus, a few cherries on the top of your drink is always a favourite!
Here’s our go-to Whisky Sour recipe:
500ml The Singleton of Glendullan 12YO
15ml Ginger Honey Syrup
15ml Lime Juice
20ml Egg White
2 dashes of Bitters
Method: Add all the ingredients, except the bitters in a shaker and dry shake without ice. Add the ice cubes and shake again. FIne strain into a glass filled with ice cubes. Top with 2 dashes of bitters. Garnish with an orange twist and serve.