3 WAYS TO ELEVATE THE
CLASSIC WHISKY SOUR
It’s time to put your personal spin on a classic whisky cocktail.
Ask anyone to name an iconic cocktail, and a Whisky Sour is bound to be up there. It brings the best out of whisky by blending sweet and tangy notes with the multiple flavours found in a good quality blend.
1. Enhance the sweetness
Sugar syrup is the conventional way to sweeten the Whisky Sour, but try hunting through your cupboards for a rule-breaking alternative. The smart way to boost your creation is to ditch the sweetener for something with more depth.
Honey is an easy way to add more levels of flavour. A spoonful will bring out the sweet caramel notes from whiskies like Chivas Extra 13 Sherry Cask* and Chivas Regal XV, and it’ll work with the egg white to deliver a rich, satisfying mouthfeel. Maple syrup is another solid choice, as the dark flavours and gooey texture adds a fruity, caramelised taste to the final cocktail.
2. Liqueur adds new levels
Want to add something extra? Dig out your favourite liqueur for your personalised take on the Whisky Sour. Check your drinks cabinet and play around with what you have by adjusting the standard Whisky Sour ratios. Rather than a double shot of Chivas, bring it down to 40ml and replace that 10ml with your favourite flavoured liqueur. Fruit-forward liqueurs are a reliably great choice to combine with lemon juice – try peach, apricot or cherry to ramp up the sweet notes and tame those tart flavours.
MORNING GLORY FIZZ RECIPE
Then there’s the Morning Glory Fizz, which adds a few dashes of soda and absinthe for an extra earthy kick that doesn’t overpower the all-important sour effect.
The Vanity recipe
It’s simple to make, but the Vanity is a real show-stopper. Created by Rhys Wilson at the 2017 Chivas Masters, this stunning drink ramps up the orchard fruit flavours by adding black apple aperitif and berries, while balancing it all to create something sweet, elegant and with a kick.
NEW YORK SOUR RECIPE
50ml Chivas Extra 13 Rye Cask**
25ml lemon juice, freshly squeezed
20ml sugar syrup
1 egg white
12.5ml Campo Viejo Rioja
Dry shake all ingredients except red wine, shake again with ice, then strain into a rocks glass over ice. Add the red wine.