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Vodka Sour

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Posted: 07/10/21

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A Vodka Sour is a classic sour cocktail that contains vodka, simple syrup, lemon juice, and a dash of bitters. A frothy egg white is the “icing on the cake” and adds a sophisticated flare for a happy hour right at home!

two glasses of vodka sour with lemon and cherry garnish

If you like tart and not to sweet cocktails, a Vodka Sour will be right up your alley. It comes from the family of sour cocktails, which are traditionally composed of a spirit, citrus juice, and sweetener. The Whiskey Sour Recipe is another popular sour cocktail that we consider a classic.

Vodka Sour Recipe

To make a Vodka Sour you will need 2 ounces good-quality vodka (the better the quality, the better the drink as we like to say!), one ounce lemon juice, just shy of an ounce of simple syrup, 2 dashes of Angostura bitters (optional), and one egg white (optional). While the bitters and egg white are optional, they add character to the drink and are the traditional way to prepare it.

two glasses of vodka sour with frothy egg white, fresh lemon slices, and cherry garnish

How to Make a Vodka Sour

  1. Add your vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, and bitters to a cocktail shaker filled with ice
  2. Shake vigorously for about 15 seconds
  3. Strain into a a glass filled with ice
  4. Optionally pour the egg white into the shaker.
  5. Shake vigorously again for about 30 seconds
  6. Strain egg white onto the top of the prepared drink
  7. Garnish with a slice of lemon and cherry and enjoy!
man pouring shaker of vodka sour ingredients into a rocks glass filled with ice surrounded by fresh lemon slices and a spoon

How to Serve

Serve or enjoy your Vodka Sour in a small glass tumbler such as a rocks glass or old fashioned glass immediately to enjoy it fresh and chilled. A slice of lemon and maraschino cherry make the perfect garnish!

spoon of frothy egg white adding to the top of a glass of vodka sour surrounded by spoon and fresh lemon

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glass of vodka sour with fresh lemon slices and cherry garnish
glass of vodka sour with fresh lemon slices and cherry garnish
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Vodka Sour

Serves: 1 drink
(tap # to scale)
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
A Vodka Sour is a classic sour cocktail that contains vodka, simple syrup, lemon juice, and a dash of bitters. A frothy egg white is the "icing on the cake" and adds a sophisticated flare for a happy hour right at home!

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters optional
  • 1 egg white optional

Instructions

  • Add the vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, and bitters into an ice filled shaker.
  • Shake vigorously.
  • Strain into an ice filled glass.
  • Optionally pour the egg white into the shaker.
  • Shake very vigorously.
  • Strain egg white onto top of drink.
  • Garnish and enjoy.

Notes

You do not need to add the bitters or the egg white, but it is the traditional way.
Author: Nathan Longley
Course: Drinks
glass of vodka sour with fresh lemon slices and cherry garnish

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Nathan Longley has been his wife’s personal bar tender for as long as he can remember. While he most often enjoys a cold beer, he is known to love our vodka gimlet.

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