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How do you make a Whiskey Sour?

Answer examples and advice for how to answer this interview question for a Bartending interview

Advice
A Whiskey Sour is one of those traditional drinks that is simple enough that you should know how to make it. It can also be jazzed up a bit with fancy add-ons and garnishes. Most bars use a sour mix and whiskey, but you could show off your fancy pants skills by using lemon juice and powdered sugar! It depends on the bar. If it's an upscale bar, you want to show your expertise, even with the simplest of cocktails. Research recipes and give it a whirl!

Basic answer example
"A Whiskey Sour is a great drink, so simple to make, yet so fun to dress up when needed. In it, is two parts whiskey, 2/3 an ounce of lemon juice, and some fine sugar. I put all three ingredients into a shaker with ice, shake gently, then strain into a highball glass. In my current bar, I garnish with a burnt lemon rind for an added twist."
Entry Level answer example
"I learned how to make a classic Whiskey Sour in bartending school. In a shaker with ice goes two parts whiskey, less than an ounce of lemon juice and table sugar. I strain this into a chilled highball glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry."
Experienced answer example
"When making a Whiskey Sour, I much prefer to use fresh lemon versus lemon juice. In an ice-filled shaker I will mix a half a lemon's worth of juice, two parts whiskey and a teaspoon of sugar. I prefer to garnish my Whiskey Sours with a traditional wedge of lemon and a maraschino cherry."

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How do you make a Whiskey Sour?
1.
Its a combination of whisky, lemon juice and simple syrup. Mixed all ingredients in a shaker with a crack ice and shake well.
2.
1pt bourbon 2pt sweet & sour pour rock glass with cherry garnish.
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Classic combination of whisky, lime juice and simple syrup, egg white(optional) some of them use pineapple juice as alternative...
4.
50ml whisky,10ml lemon juice,10ml sugar syrup , egg white & bitters is optional shaken hard & served in rock gls with the rocks.
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1 1/4 oz whiskey full glass of ice fill with sweet and sour mix.
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Whiskey and sour mix.
7.
Whiskey and sour mix.
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Pour bourbon, lemon juice, and sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.Shake well.Strain into a chilled sour glass.Garnish with the cherry.
9.
1/2 oz of whisky .. Sweet and sour mix and dash of bitter with lemon.
10.
1 1/2 oz american whiskey, (bourbon or rye), 3/4 oz each lemon and simple syrup. Add slightly less than 1/4 oz egg white and dry shake in a boston tin. Add ice and shake again. Strain over ice into a rocks glass, garnish with a lemon wedge and straw.
11.
Whiskey, sour mix, splash of 7 up.
12.
2 oz whiskey filled with sour mix.
13.
3pts whiskey, 1 pt sour, roll in tin (bc of the sour mix)
14.
Whiskey, lemon jc sugar, orange jc, greanadine.
15.
Bourbon or blended whiskey with lemon sour mix.
16.
Bourbon and sweet and sour mix in a rocks glass with a cherry.
17.
Whiskey, sour mix, cherry garnishif the bar doesnt carry sour mix you use whiskey, fresh lemon juice, sugar and plain water garnish with a cherry.
18.
Grab your tin shaker and fill halfway with ice. Pour 1 ounce of bourbon followed by 2 ounces of sweet and sour. Place lid on shaker and shake like hell. Replace shaker lid with strainer and strain into a rocks glass with ice. Use small straw and garnish with a cherry.
19.
Whiskey and sour mix, and garnished with cherries.
20.
60ml Bourbon, 40ml lemon juice, 15ml egg white, 2 dashes angostura bitters and 20ml sugar syrup.
21.
You take your large cylinder mixing cup, fill with ice, pour in 1.5 oz of Bourbon, .75 oz of both simple syrup and fresh lime juice. Shake the cylinder and our it over ice in a glass.
22.
The ingredients are bourbon whiskey, 1 or 2 parts of lemon juice in old fashion glass and shake it with ice.
23.
Whiskey syrup lime juice.
24.
From scratch, juice lemon for 1oz lime for 1oz into mixing glass, 1/2 oz simple or agave if available, 1 1/2 oz of the wisky of choice, add ice, shake vigorusly, traditional, strain into cocktail and garnish with a cherry. more common pour into old fashnd and garnish with cherry.
25.
Scratch, ad to mixing glass, juice 1/2 lemon 1/2 lg lime for totoal of 2 oz of juice, 1 0z agave nectar, 1 3/4 oz whisky of choice, ice, shake vigorusly, classic strain and pour into cocktail or champg garnish w/cherry, more common pour into highball and garnish w/cherr.
26.
1 shot whiskey, half shot lime juice dash of simple syrup garnish with lime wedge.
27.
2 oz. Whiskey, 2/3 oz. Lemon juice, 1 tsp. Superfine sugar. Shake everything with cracked ice then strain into cocktail glass.
28.
Ice in a highball 1 ounce of whiskey and top with sour mix.
29.
Whisky sour mix and sprite.
30.
The desired whiskey and sweet and sour.
31.
Bourbon and sweet and sour.
32.
30ml lemon juice, 15ml sugar syrup, 60ml of chosen whisky. ask if they would like it with or without egg white (i would recommend with) if with egg white. Dry shake then wet shake (without egg white only wet shake) serve on the rocks with a mint head and lemon wedge a few dashes of bitter on top with a stirrer.
33.
1 oz whiskey, lime cordial, egg white,
34.
1.5 ounce whiskey, fill with sour in a rocks glass. Garnish with a cherry.
35.
30 ml whiskey, 30 ml lemon juice, 5 g powdered sugar, ice and a lemon slice.
36.
Ice first in rock pur glass, preference of whiskey, add dash of sour.
37.
Egg white, 60ml whiskey (depending on customers preference), 30ml lemon, 15ml sugar syrup, dry shake, wet shake, pour into tumblr.
38.
Whiskey, sweet sour, soda.
39.
Whiskey, lemon juice, sugar,
40.
Chill a rock glass, ice in a shaker, whiskey, lemon juice, simple syrup, egg white, shake, pour in rock glass, garnish with lemon and a maraschino cherry.
41.
Bourboun, lemon juice, sugar syrop, cheery and a slice of orange.
42.
Whiskey, sugar, lemon juice, egg white, bitters.
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Simple syrup, lemon juice, whiskey.
44.
Whiskey, sugar, lemon juice, dash egg white (optonal)
45.
Add 1 oz whiskey on the rocks+ sweet sour mix.
46.
3 parts whiskey, 2 parts lemon juice, 1 part sugar syrup, shake on ice.
47.
Whiskey, sweet and sour mix.
48.
2 OZ whiskey 2 oz sour mix.
49.
Whiskey, lemon juice and and sugar.
50.
Whiskey, lemon juice, simple syrup.
51.
Whiskey, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, stirred.
52.
Whiskey, lemon juice, sugar.
53.
Pour 1.5 oz of whiskey on ice and top with sour mix.
54.
Whiskey of choice and sweet and sour.
55.
Mix 1.25oz of whisky,4oz of sweet and sour mix and top with soda water.
56.
Whiskey (often Bourbon), lemon juice, sugar, and optionally, a dash of egg white.
57.
Ounce and a half blended whisky fill with sour mix shake and garnish with a slice of orange and a cherry.
58.
Whiskey and sour with cherry.
59.
Fill glass with ice, 1.5 ounces of whiskey and 1.5 of sour mix, splash of soda.
60.
1 1/4 oz whiskey, fill with sweet & sour in a rocks glass, garnish with cherry.
61.
Shot of whiskey with a splash of sour on the rocks.
62.
1.5oz whiskey fill with sweet and sour mix. Or fresh citrus juices if available.
63.
Whiskey lemon juice sugar.
64.
Whiskey, sourmix, and cherry on top.
65.
Whisky, lime, simple syrup, sometime added eggwhite.
66.
Choice of bourbon, simple syrup and fresh lemon juice.
67.
Bourbon and sweet and sour mix.
68.
Personally, I use jameson, I always have, its the only thing that hasnt changed since I started. Lemon, sugar, egg white. Dry shaken first to get the foam good and thick, then a hard wet shake, served in a rocks glass on ice with a cherry/ lemon or both. Spirit depending.
69.
2-oz of whisky 1-oz of lime juice 1/2-oz of sugar syrup method - shake& strain Garnish - Lime slice.
70.
Whiskey, lemon juice, simple syrup.
71.
Whiskey and Sweet/sour mix, plus a cherry to garnish.
72.
Whiskey and sour mix and egg white is optional.
73.
Whisky, sour mix, cherry and orange.
74.
Whiskey and lime or lemon juice.
75.
You fill your mixing glass with ice. Pour 1.5oz of whiskey. Add sour mix. Shake for 10 seconds. Then strain it into a highball filled with ice. Then you finish it off by adding an orange and cherry garnish.
76.
1 oz whiskey, 2 oz. Sour mix cherry garnish.
77.
1 oz whiskey and sour mix.
78.
Collins glass add ice 1 12 oz of whiskey and top off with sweet sour mix.
79.
1 oz whiskey 2oz sour mix cherry garnish.
80.
Whisky, lemon juice, sugar, egg white.
81.
3/4 oz lemon juice, 3/4 oz simple syrup, 1.5 oz bourbon. Pour all ingredients into a shaker w/ ice, shake, use strainer to pour into a glass filled with ice. Can garnish w/ a cherry and/or lemon wedge.
82.
With whiskey and sour mix.
83.
1 1/4 whiskey fill with sour mix garnish with a cherry.
84.
1 1/4 ounce whiskey topped with sweet and sour mix.
85.
Bourbon, bitters, orange, sugar.
86.
In a highball glass with ice, pour 1 1/2 oz of whiskey and top with sour mix.
87.
1 oz. Of Whiskey and 2 oz. Sour Mix Garnish with Cherry or Orange.
88.
Whiskey, lemon juice, sugar.
89.
Whiskey, sweet and sour mix, cherry garnish.
90.
Lemon juice, whiskey, sugar shake and garnish withn a cherry.
91.
Whisky and sour mix with an orange slice and cherry or whisky, sugar, lemon and an egg white with half an orange slice and a cherry.
92.
8 oz glass of ice, 5 count or 1.5 oz whiskey plus sweet and sour fill.
93.
Bucket glass, shot of whiskey, 2 oz sweet and sour, top with orange and cherry.
94.
2 oz whiskey + sweet and sour.
95.
2 ounces of whiskey one ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice one teaspoon sugar one egg white.
96.
Whiskey, (hopefully) homemade sour mix, garnish with a flag.
97.
Personally I like to make a fresh sour using 1.5 oz of makers mark, 1 oz fresh lemon juice, 1 oz fresh lime juice, and 1 oz simple sugar.
98.
2 parts fresh lemon juice, dash of egg white, 3 parts bourbon whiskey, 1 part gomme syrup.
99.
Bitters and whiskey and lemon juice.
100.
1 oz whiskey, 2 oz sweet and sour, shaken with ice and strained into a sour glass.
101.
First I fill a rocks glass with ice, I add about 1 1/2 of whiskey and then top it off with sour mix, shake it all together and garnish it with a cherry.

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