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).
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.
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!
Follow Seitan Beats Your Meat on YouTube:
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!)
Get the recipe:
Aquafaba Whiskey Sour
- 1 1/2 ounces whiskey or bourbon
- 1 ounce freshly-squeezed lemon juice
- 1 1/2 tablespoons simple syrup
- 1 1/2 tablespoons aquafaba (liquid from a can of chickpeas)
- 2 dashes bitters
- 1 maraschino cherries
- Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice cubes.
- Add the whiskey, lemon juice, simple syrup, aquafaba, and bitters.
- Shake for about 10 seconds, enough to aerate the aquafaba.
- Strain into a chilled glass, then add the maraschino cherry.
Looking for more whiskey drinks?
Try a version of the popular Mad Men drink which combines muddled fruit with bitters and bourbon whiskey.
This pumpkin milkshake is spiked with bourbon for a delicious seasonal treat!