This classic cocktail dates back to at least the 1870s, and is among the greatest of the family of so-called “sours,” which are not actually sour, but a balance of sweet, strong and citrus. Can be made with or without the egg white, which adds a luscious texture to the drink as well as an appealing foaminess.


Serves 1
2 oz (60 ml) bourbon
¾ oz (22 ml) lemon juice
½ oz (15 ml) 2:1 simple syrup
1 small egg white (optional)


  1. Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. (If you’re using the egg white and you like it extra foamy, shake first without ice to whip up the airiness – this is known as a dry shake – then shake again with ice for chill and dilution.) If you prefer your drink “straight up,” strain into a chilled cocktail glass, or, if preferred, strain over ice into a rock glass.
  2. To make a 2:1 SIMPLE SYRUP: Place 2 cups (500 ml) sugar and 1 cup (250 ml) water in a saucepan over mediumhigh heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until sugar is fully dissolved. Remove from heat. Place in a sterilized jar and chill. Will keep indefinitely in the refrigerator
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