We're hard at work on a "deck" of classic cocktail cards over here (stay tuned...) so we're peeling through all the classic recipes. Poor us. The classics are just so GOOD. I mean, they're classic for a reason, right!?
A favorite of mine is the whiskey sour. It got a bad name in my book for awhile there, and I've definitely had some cloyingly sweet ones. But it's fun to play around a little bit with proportions, try some different whiskies. I tend to go for bourbon or rye, though Scotch or blended whiskies are also totally fine. It's another cocktail where you pretty much always have the ingredients on hand. And when mixing for a group, the proportions are easy. So you can talk and mix at the same time! We go for 2 parts each whiskey & lemon juice, 1 part simple sugar. Get a little fancy and use an Amarena cherry. They're soooo good. The old classic maraschino is also completely
1 1/2 oz whiskey
1 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
3/4 oz simple syrup
Amarena or maraschino cherry for garnish
Lemon wedge for garnish
Combine whiskey, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled glass over ice, and garnish with a cherry and a lemon wedge.