Scotch Sour
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Scotch Sour
Cocktail recipe

Rating

4.1 / 5
The Scotch Sour is a classic cocktail that offers a delightful blend of robust whiskey flavors with the refreshing zest of lemon, complemented by the smooth sweetness of sugar syrup. ... more The Scotch Sour is a classic cocktail that offers a delightful blend of robust whiskey flavors with the refreshing zest of lemon, complemented by the smooth sweetness of sugar syrup. This concoction is traditionally brought together in a cocktail glass, presenting a harmonious balance between the richness of Scotch whisky and the tangy kick of fresh lemon juice, refined by the subtle texture of egg white. It's a sophisticated drink choice for those who appreciate the depth of whiskey coupled with the invigorating sharpness of citrus, marking it as a favorite among both cocktail enthusiasts and those exploring the diverse world of mixed drinks. Ideal for savoring during relaxed evenings or as a refined pre-dinner aperitif, the Scotch Sour embodies the essence of classic mixology.
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20.87% | 2.4 units *
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Classic
Shaken

Lowball glass

Ingredients

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Serves:
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Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

The Scotch Sour expertly bridges the hearty depths of whiskey and the brisk zest of lemon, making for a captivating contrast in each sip. The addition of egg white mellows and smooths the overall sharpness, creating a velvety mouthfeel that beautifully complements the bold, spirited kick of Scotch, showcasing why this classic cocktail continues to be a favorite among connoisseurs.

Method
How to make a Scotch Sour

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Start by combining all the ingredients in a shaker filled with ice and give it a good shake for about 10-15 seconds, or until the shaker feels cold to the touch
Next, strain the mixture back into the shaker, but this time without any ice, and give it another shake - this is your 'dry shake' to really integrate the mix
After your dry shake, strain the cocktail into a glass filled with fresh ice to keep it cool and well-diluted

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Shake  ·  Strain  ·  Back  ·  Dry  · 

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FAQ's

FAQ

What makes the Scotch Sour different from other sour cocktails?

The primary difference lies in the use of whiskey, specifically Scotch whiskey, which imparts a distinct smoky flavor that sets it apart from other sour cocktails that may use different types of alcohol like gin, vodka, or bourbon. Additionally, the combination of lemon juice and sugar syrup complements the rich and complex flavors of Scotch, creating a balanced and refreshing drink.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute the egg in the recipe, and if so, with what?

Yes, you can substitute the egg in the Scotch Sour to cater to dietary preferences or allergies. A common alternative is aquafaba, the liquid from a can of chickpeas, which is used in similar proportions (about 15ml). Aquafaba mimics the frothy texture provided by the egg white, making it a popular choice for vegan versions of this cocktail.

FAQ

How do I properly serve a Scotch Sour?

A Scotch Sour is best served in a lowball glass, chilled. First, shake the ingredients with ice to properly mix and chill them. Then, strain the cocktail into the glass. Garnishing with a slice of orange or a cherry can add a touch of elegance and a hint of additional flavor, though it’s optional. Serving immediately ensures the drink remains cold and refreshing.

FAQ

What is the best type of Scotch to use for a Scotch Sour?

While personal preference plays a significant role in choosing the Scotch, a blended Scotch whisky is commonly recommended for crafting a Scotch Sour. Blended Scotch tends to have a balanced flavor profile that mixes well with the sourness of the lemon and the sweetness of the sugar syrup. However, for those who enjoy the unique characteristics of single malt Scotch, choosing a lighter, less peaty variety can also yield delicious results.

FAQ

Is the Scotch Sour suitable for all seasons or is it specific to one?

The Scotch Sour is a versatile cocktail that can be enjoyed all year round. Its refreshing quality makes it particularly enjoyable during the warmer months, while the rich, smoky flavor profile of the Scotch whisky provides a comforting warmth during the cooler months. Essentially, it's a drink that can be tailored to suit any season by adjusting the garnish or presentation.

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