Ken’s cocktail guide – Whiskey Sour

whiskey sour

We all love a cheeky cocktail from time to time, like most girls, I am usually one for the sweet and fruity ones, but boyfriend likes them a little more manly. So over the last year or so, I have been introduced to a whole new range of cocktail flavours and concoctions, some of which are really delicious, yet I would have never considered trying them if it wasn’t for boyfriend. So I decided to share the yummier ones (and their recipes)  with you all in this new topic addition to Love Letters to Ken.

Boyfriend isn’t actually called Ken, but for these stories we’ll pretend he is. As Ken, he’ll be choosing a drink every month, to introduce us fruit and sugar lovers to a whole new cocktail chapter and to broaden our alcoholic horizon.

This edition’s drink is the classic Whiskey Sour with egg white – you can get them without too but it’s just not the same, according to Ken. Ken enjoys his Whiskey Sour with Maker’s Mark or Johnny Walker Black Label.

As the name suggests, the drink indulges your palate with a mix of sour an sweet, while the whiskey adds a masculine note. If you choose to have it made with Marker’s Mark you’ll get notes of rye and spice, barley malt, a little nut oil with butterscotch and vanilla. If you go for Johnnie Waker Black Label, you’ll experience notes of wood smoke and dry spice, hints of barley and cereal with creamy toffee and a distinct herbal note.

Boyfriend and I have sampled a good amount around town and it really is the same with manly drinks as it is with our fruit explosions, it all comes down to the bartender and their skills, a poorly made cocktail is just not enjoyable no matter the kind. If you’re in Sydney you can find a delicious one at Pier One Hotel, but ask for the bartender with the very prominent moustache, or Coogee Pavilion.

So, now that you’ve got the details, it’s time you learn to make this classic at home:


  • A shaker
  • A strainer
  • A glass


  • 2 parts whiskey (Ken recomends Maker’s Mark or Johnnie Walker Black Label)
  • 1 part lemon juice
  • 1 part sugar syrup
  • ½ part egg white
  • Cubed ice
  • Garnishes & accents: 1 cherry or an orange slice, Angostura bitters

Get shakin’:

  1. Put cubed ice and all of the ingredients into a shaker and shake hard for about 20 seconds to chill the liquid really well.
  2. Strain the mix into a glass filled with ice, allow for a layer of froth on top so you can drizzle Angostura bitters onto it.
  3. Garnish with the cherry and/or orange slice (don’t over-do it, this is a manly cocktail not a fruit salad).



*Recipe inspired by the man himself, Jamie Oliver.



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