Aquafaba Whiskey Sour

Easy, vegan whiskey sour recipe using aquafaba in place of egg whites

If you’d like to enjoy a classic Whiskey Sour, but you’re vegan, have an egg allergy, or maybe just not too keen on the idea of drinking an aerated raw egg white, this cocktail recipe is for you! Traditionally, the egg white in whiskey or bourbon sours is shaken, creating a layer of froth atop the delectable lemony spirit concoction below. This is, of course, a no-go when enjoying cocktails as a vegan. Besides its myriad applications in dessert as a meringue or egg substitute, aquafaba can be used as a direct substitution. Neat, huh? Ergo, we have the Aquafaba Whiskey Sour. It’s absolutely fine to use bourbon or rye whiskey. I can’t tell the difference (shhhh).

Easy, vegan whiskey sour recipe using aquafaba in place of egg whites

Aquafaba Whiskey Sour

While whiskey sours are the perfect cocktail for any occasion, today (August 25th) is actually National Whiskey Sour Day. I love made up food holidays; they’re ridiculous and were probably started as marketing campaigns. But as a blogger, they’re great if I’m looking for inspiration for a new post. I can look one of the many unofficial national food holidays, laugh a little bit, and find something new to try.

Easy, vegan whiskey sour recipe using aquafaba in place of egg whites

I have no idea how you’re supposed to celebrate National Whiskey Sour Day besides drinking whiskey sours, so I’m gonna go with my gut and recommend just that. Today, or this weekend, is a great time to make an Aquafaba Whiskey Sour. Additionally, I made a new recipe video for the occasion, so enjoy!


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While I love me some red dye maraschino cherries, I used fancy cherries for this recipe. When you’re going through the effort of mixing a classic cocktail, it seemed wrong to use a cherry that’s composed of 95% food dye (though I love me some food dye!). I found a jar of pitted sour cherries in rum syrup at a local European market and they’re excellent in Whiskey Sour and Old Fashioned cocktails. The brand name is Bende, but if you can’t find those, fancy Luxardo cherries are similar.

You can make simple syrup by dissolving 1 part sugar in 1 part water in a small saucepan over medium heat. For more detailed instructions, you can check out my recipe for lavender simple syrup in my cold brew coffee post, or basil simple syrup from last week’s Basil Watermelon Fresca recipe. Just follow the steps, leaving out the lavender or basil (or experiment with flavors in your Aquafaba Whiskey Sour!)

Aquafaba Whiskey Sour Recipe

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Aquafaba Whiskey Sour
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Quick, delicious whiskey sour recipe using aquafaba in place of egg whites so this classic cocktail is suitable for vegans and egg allergies
Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: Vegan, Vegetarian, Egg Free, Dairy Free
  • 1 1/2 ounces whiskey or bourbon
  • 1 ounce freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons simple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas)
  • 2 dashes bitters
  • Maraschino cherries
  1. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice cubes.
  2. Add the whiskey, lemon juice, simple syrup, aquafaba, and bitters.
  3. Shake for about 10 seconds, enough to aerate the aquafaba.
  4. Strain into a chilled glass, then add a cherry or two.

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Easy, vegan whiskey sour recipe using aquafaba in place of egg whites

Kelly Peloza is the blogger and photographer at Seitan Beats Your Meat, and the author of two vegan cookbooks: The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur, and Cheers to Vegan Sweets.

She lives in Chicago and runs a photography business called Kelly Peloza Photo.

2 Replies to “Aquafaba Whiskey Sour”

  1. These look super delicious. I have yet to try aquafaba in a cocktail, and a whiskey sour sounds like a perfect way to resolve that. (PS – I love me some food coloring too!)

  2. This looks incredible! I haven’t used aquafaba much, I just started playing around. This is so eye opening to the diversity of vegan products! I’m throwing a party soon and I will be trying this!

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