Ginger pairs deliciously with all kinds of bourbon/whiskey. This Ginger Bourbon Sour plays up that perfect pairing alongside a creamy egg white, which gives the cocktail a silky texture for a decadent sip.
I have always found egg white cocktails intimidating - something I’d order at a fancy cocktail bar, but not something I make at home. Then I tried a couple recipes that included egg whites and discovered that not only are they NOT a big deal, but they’re actually easy!
What You Need
- Bourbon or whiskey
- Ginger simple syrup (see recipe below)
- A lemon
- Ginger liqueur
- Egg white
How to Make a Ginger Bourbon Sour
Add ice and shake for an additional 15 seconds. (Shake for 30 seconds if not using a ball whisk.)
Ginger Simple Syrup
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup water
- 1 inch piece of fresh ginger
Heat the water to boiling. Add sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved.
Peel and slice the ginger.
Add to the hot water and sugar mixture.
Allow to cool to room temperature. Cover and place in the refrigerator until chilled.
Note: The longer you leave the ginger in the syrup, the stronger the flavor. If possible, make the syrup a day ahead of making cocktails to allow the ginger more time to infuse the syrup. Take the ginger out after a max 48 hrs.
Tips on Ginger Bourbon Sour
A ball whisk is that metal ball that came in your protein shake blender bottle. You probably have one lying around in a drawer somewhere. It’s not necessary, but will make getting a creamy and dense foam on the top of your cocktail much easier.
Absolutely! If you don’t have a ball whisk, shake the cocktail without ice (a.k.a. dry shaking) for 30 seconds.
When dry shaking your cocktail, pressure will build up inside the cocktail shaker. If this happens, pause and let the pressure out of the shaker, then resume shaking.
The egg white in this cocktail gives it a creamy texture. If consuming uncooked egg white bothers you, just leave it out and strain your cocktail into a rocks glass filled with ice. The drink will still be delicious without the egg white.
Fresh lemon juice is important in this recipe.
Use your favorite bourbon or whiskey in this recipe, just make sure it's regular - not honey, cinnamon, etc. I like Bulleit bourbon or Buffalo Trace bourbon.
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Happy Hour Snack Pairing
Enjoy your Ginger Bourbon sour while snacking on some crispy homemade tortilla chips.