Some things are classic for a reason. Sweater vests, jazz music, and whiskey sours come to mind. Classics strike the perfect balance between timeless syle and personal reinvention (yes, sweater vests are unquestionably stylish. See this one for proof.) Like jazz, a great cocktail takes the basics and improvises. Consider the Whiskey Sour the 12-chord progression of your bar. Master the fundamentals then do your own thing – add a kick of grenadine here, a pop of rosemary there, double down with two types of whiskey and get your groove on. It’s your personal style, we’re just here to provide the baseline.
The Original Whiskey Sour
1.5 oz. whiskey
1 small lemon, juiced
½ oz simple syrup
Shake all ingredients together and strain. Serve over ice and garnish with a lemon twist. Those are the basics. Get fancy with your garnish (try an orange, mint, even basil) or try a new simple syrup. Brown sugar is more carmel-like, while a rosemary or lavender syrup brings out the best in bourbon. Pairs well with sweaters and Count Basie.
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