Relaxing with a Whisky Sour after a long day of work is one of my favourite boozy past-times. If you’re unfamiliar, think whisky shaken with lemon juice, sugar, and most of the time some egg white for texture and head. I’ve learned over the years that beyond the standard (first reported in the 1870s) there are several classic variations (eg. Boston Sour, New York Sour) and countless new ones being born in bars around the world every day. Vancouver’s variations are worth getting to know, so I’ve made a quick map for your responsibly crawling pleasure. If you don’t see your favourite listed below, let us know in the comments and we’ll do our damndest to try it!
Order: Four on Six Sour, $14 — Bourbon, Lillet, charred pineapple, yuzu shrub, Ardbeg, egg white
Order: Opium Sour, $13 — Wild Turkey bourbon, grapefruit, lemon, tamarind, poppyseed
Order: Bergamot Sour, $15 — Japanese whisky mist, Bergamot-infused amaretto, yuzu, lemon, togarashi, egg white.
Order: Very Good Sour, $12.50 — Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Ginger, Abricot du Roussillon Fernet Branca, lemon, egg white, cinnamon.
Order: Nuts About You – Bourbon, Aperol, almond syrup, egg white, lemon bitters.
Order: Forma Nova, $13 – Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon, Sherry, Dry Curacao, lemon juice, beet shrub, egg white.
Out of Town OPTIONS
Order: Cedar Sour — Cedar infused rye, lemon, thyme, egg white
Order: Cedar Sour – Cedar infused rye, Chartreuse, lemon, apple shrub, maple syrup, egg white, whisky bitters.