No one else here makes it with egg whites? Here's my house recipe from when I lived in Cali:
juice of two Mexican limes
juice of half a lemon
one tablespoon ultrafine sugar
two shots of whisky
one medium egg white
Put all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker, and shake until the egg froths up. Add ice, and shake vigorously. Strain and serve over fresh ice.
Ashwood's mixture is right on. Fresh lemon juice is the key. Also superfine sugar or simple syrup. Never, ever a store bought mix!
As for me, my preferred Bourbon is Wild Turkey Rare Breed, the Barrel Proof version of Wild Turkey at 108.2 proof. Oh, so smooth. Hammie, I guarantee your dad would keep this one all for himself!
I have been on a real whiskey sour kick lately. I tweak it a little by adding the following.
Zest of 1/2 lemon. (I use one of those microplane graters)
One or two drops (not dashes) Peychaud's bitters
One scant drop Angostura bitters
I find the lemon zest and the bitters round the drink out nicely. If you noone told you, you would not even know they are there.
Have been tempted to try the old school egg-white thing as well...
For me the egg white is really key to making this drink fantastic. Here is the recipe I've been using and loving:
2 oz Whiskey (Your Choice)
1 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
1/2 Fresh Egg White
1 Dash Fee Brother's Old Fashioned Bitters
2 Dashes Regan's Orange Bitters
Dry shake all the ingredients for about 30 seconds then add ice and shake to chill.
You can read more on my blog if you're interested: http://cocktailhacker.com/?p=330
This is my favorite recipe for Whiskey Sours. I do not prefer to use mixes. I think the end product tastes fresher, but many swear by mixes. Here it is.
the juice from 2 lemons
the juice from 2 limes
2/3 c simple syrup (simple syrup is 1 c water and 1 c sugar
heated till sugar is dissolved.Chill)
1 c Jack Daniels (my preference)
my dad would take a 4 oz can of frozen lemonade, dump it into a blender filled with ice, refill the empty lemonade can with whiskey, dump it into the blender, mix until all the ice has been chopped up, serve in a pony glass with a cherry, and enjoy!
then he would go and make himself a Manhattan, the Whiskey Sour was for my Mom and Aunt.....