Laptops Down, It’s Cocktail Time: Exploring the Whiskey Sour

Laptops Down, It’s Cocktail Time: Exploring the Whiskey Sour


Welcome to “Laptops Down, It’s Cocktail Time” brought to you by Branding & Buzzing, where we celebrate the art of mixology and all things cocktail-related. As passionate cocktail fans, we invite you to visit our clients Cheers! American Spirits website for more cocktail inspiration to elevate your home bartending game.

Let’s embark on a journey through the history and flavors of one of mixology’s timeless classics – the Whiskey Sour cocktail.


The Whiskey Sour, a venerable concoction beloved by cocktail enthusiasts around the world, has a storied history dating back to the mid-19th century. While its precise origins remain shrouded in mystery, the Whiskey Sour is believed to have emerged as a popular libation among sailors in the 19th century, who relied on a combination of spirits, citrus, and sugar to ward off scurvy during long voyages at sea.


Crafting a Whiskey Sour is a testament to simplicity and balance. Here’s how to craft this timeless libation:

  • 2 ounces bourbon or rye whiskey
  • 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • Egg white (optional, for a frothy texture)
  • Angostura bitters, for garnish
  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add whiskey, lemon juice, simple syrup, and egg white (if using) to the shaker.
  3. Shake vigorously until well-chilled and frothy, about 15-20 seconds.
  4. Strain the mixture into a rocks glass filled with ice.
  5. Optionally, garnish with a few dashes of Angostura bitters on top for a pop of color and flavor.

Ingredient Highlight: Bourbon and Rye Whiskey – Spirits with Stories

  • Made in America: Both bourbon and rye whiskey, integral components of the Whiskey Sour, must be distilled in the United States. These quintessentially American spirits boast rich histories dating back to the early days of the republic.
  • Distinct Mash Bills: While bourbon is primarily made from a mash bill containing at least 51% corn, rye whiskey features a mash bill with a predominant amount of rye grain. Each imparts its own unique flavor profile to the Whiskey Sour, with bourbon offering a sweeter, more mellow character, and rye delivering spicy and robust notes.
  • Aging in Charred Barrels: A hallmark of both bourbon and rye whiskey is their aging process in charred oak barrels. This imparts depth, complexity, and a rich array of flavors to the spirits, elevating the Whiskey Sour to new heights of sophistication.

Ingredient Highlight: Fresh Egg White – A Frothy Elixir

One of the secrets to the Whiskey Sour’s velvety texture is the addition of fresh egg white. Not only does it impart a creamy consistency to the cocktail, but it also adds a luxurious frothiness that tantalizes the palate. We proudly source our fresh eggs from trusted suppliers such as Conestoga Farms, ensuring the highest quality and safety standards in every sip.


The Whiskey Sour deserves a vessel that honors its heritage and elegance. Serve it in a classic rocks glass, allowing the golden-hued elixir to shine against the backdrop of ice. The sturdy, low-profile design of the rocks glass ensures a comfortable grip while sipping and enhances the overall drinking experience.

Where to Find Them:

For those seeking the perfect Whiskey Sour experience beyond their home bar, we recommend visiting these esteemed establishments:


  • Smoque N Bones (Toronto, Canada): Located in the heart of Toronto, Smoque N Bones offers a cozy atmosphere and an extensive selection of craft cocktails. Enjoy a Whiskey Sour paired with mouthwatering barbecue dishes for a memorable dining experience.
  • The Walrus Pub & Beer Hall (National Capital Region, Canada): With multiple locations across the National Capital Region, including Ottawa and Gatineau, The Walrus Pub & Beer Hall is a beloved destination for craft beer enthusiasts and cocktail aficionados alike. Sip on a perfectly crafted Whiskey Sour while soaking in the lively atmosphere.
  • Apothecary Lounge (Halifax, Canada): Nestled in the vibrant city of Halifax, Apothecary Lounge is a hidden gem known for its innovative cocktails and charming ambiance. Treat yourself to a Whiskey Sour expertly crafted by skilled mixologists and unwind in style.

The Whiskey Sour cocktail is more than just a libation – it’s a journey through flavors and history. Crafted with care and enjoyed with gusto, it continues to enchant cocktail enthusiasts around the globe. So, the next time you’re in the mood for a taste of classic mixology, reach for a Whiskey Sour and let your senses revel in its timeless allure.