For an end of the day drink, whiskey is my go-to. A few ice cubes in a crystal rocks glass, a splash of bitters and the back step with a gentle breeze. Sounds pretty damn perfect right? It is. But so is this whiskey sour. Whiskey sours were my introduction to whiskey, and still one of my favorite cocktails to order. The pop of sweet and the crisp lemon juice helped warm up my palette to the depth of whiskey.
This recipe adds some interesting elements of flavor with the honey chamomile simple syrup, plus the chamomile flowers look very pretty floating on top of the egg white fluff!
It’s important to note that honey can’t be added directly to a cocktail because the cold of the ice will cause the honey to crystalise and not blend with the other liquids and thus creates a glob on honey in the bottom of the glass. Yeah, not my ideal way to experience any drink.
To ensure the honey flavor compliments the whiskey we create a simple syrup. Simple syrup is in essence sugar water. Please promise me that after reading this you’ll never pay $5 for a bottle from the liquor store and simply make your own at home. Skip the plastic, added preservatives and expense. You can thank me later. Remember to make your syrup ahead of time and store in the fridge in a sealed container.
Most simple syrups are made with 1 part sugar and 1 part water. Simply heat the water, add the sugar, stir until dissolved then add to your drink once cooled. And honey simple syrup isn’t much different. For our syrup with used:
1/2 cup of local honey
1/2 cup of water
10 - 12 chamomile flower heads
Pour the water into a pot and bring to the boil. Add honey and bring the water to simmer. Stir the liquid gently until the honey dissolves. Add the flowers and let the mixture steep for several minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Strain the liquid into a mason jar or my personal choice a washed topo chico bottle and pop into the fridge until 5 pm aka. happy hour.
Whiskey or Whisky?
The appearance of or lack of the letter ‘e’ is determined by the location where the whiskey is distilled. In America and Ireland Whisky is spelt without the ‘e’. Scotland, Canada, Australia and Japan spell it without the ‘e’. When in the USA whisky distilled in Scotland is often referred to as Scotch but make sure when you go to Scotland you refer to this liquid gold as whisky.
1 ½ oz Whiskey
¾ oz Lemon Juice
¾ oz Honey Chamomile Simple Syrup
1 Egg White
Chamomile flowers for garnish
1. Add Whiskey, Lemon Juice, Chamomile Simple Syrup and ice to the shaker and shake vigorously until the shaker is chilled. Approx. 12 shakes.
2. Strain the liquid ingredients into one of the shakers.
3. Discard the ice.
4. Add the egg white to the liquid ingredients.
5. Shake vigorously for 10 - 12 seconds.
6. Strain into coupe glass and garnish with chamomile flowers
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