Friday Night Delights // No. 4
I realize I probably sound like the poster child for whiskey, because three out of four of this month’s Friday Night Delights have been whiskey-based. What can I say? It’s January. It’s really cold out, and I want it to be spring already. I’m dreaming of warmer days, and there’s nothing like a little whiskey to make you dream more. Plus, honey and lemon are two of my favorite flavors. I also have a weird affinity for drinks with whole eggs or egg whites in them, and this whiskey sour recipe fulfills all these likes so nicely.
Whiskey sours are easy drinks to make, especially if you have any leftover lemon from other drinks or recipes you make. Typically, they are made with whiskey, lime (not lemon), sugar (not honey) and an optional egg white — all ingredients that go well together. You can substitute other base spirits to end up with other drinks, such as rum, tequila, gin and vodka, and some of those combinations are better known by other names. A rum sour with lime, for example, is a daiquiri. A tequila sour with lime and a little orange liqueur is a margarita. A gin sour with honey is a Prohibition-era cocktail called a Bee’s Knees. And if you’re not a lemon fan, you can sub in other citrus juices too! So, feel free to explore and modify this recipe. Let me know what you end up with! You really can’t go wrong, in my opinion. // susannah
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HONEY LEMON WHISKEY SOUR
This recipe modifies the classic whiskey sour by replacing the lime juice with lemon and the sugar with local honey. If you have a hard time dissolving the honey, you can make a honey syrup by diluting it with 1-2 teaspoons hot water. You can omit the egg white, too, but I think it makes for a lovely, frothy addition to this classic. I prefer my whiskey sours served up, but you can also enjoy them on the rocks.
Makes one cocktail (easily multiplied)
- 2 ounces bourbon or whiskey
- 1 ounce lemon juice (preferably freshly squeezed)
- 1 teaspoon local honey
- 1 egg white (optional)
- Cocktail shaker
- Cocktail strainer
- Add whiskey, lemon juice, honey and egg white to cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Place lid on cocktail shaker and shake hard, about 1-2 minutes.
- Strain liquid (no ice!) into a rocks glass to serve up, or with ice to serve on the rocks.