A Blood Orange Whiskey Sour is an easy twist on a classic that creates a beautiful color and a delicious cocktail. Fresh blood orange juice makes the prettiest pink cocktail and the egg white foam creates the perfect contrast.
Why I Love This Recipe
This Blood Orange Whiskey Sour cocktail recipe is just a simple change to the classic like my Blood Orange Pisco Sour and my Blood Orange Gin Cocktail. I love this recipe because it is the perfect balance of sweet and sour but still allows the whiskey to shine.
I also love this recipe because of the egg white, which is optional, that creates a creamy texture taking this craft cocktail to the next level. This is also the perfect cocktail to help you learn new bartending skills at home.
More Cocktail Recipes to Check Out
How to Make a Blood Orange Whiskey Sour
- Prepare a lowball glass with a cube of ice or ice cubes. Add all of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker WITHOUT ice and dry shake for 30 seconds.
- Add ice to the shaker and then shake again for another 30 seconds or so until everything is nice and cold. Strain through the fine-mesh strainer into the prepared glass. Garnish if desired and enjoy!
When and How to Dry Shake a Cocktail
The reason you dry shake a cocktail is to foam up the egg white and to get all of the ingredients meshed together. A dry shake is just shaking your cocktail ingredients in a cocktail shaker WITHOUT ice for at least 30 seconds, longer if you can.
Your arms will be screaming but your cocktail will thank you. After you dry shake, add ice to the cocktail shaker, and wet shake for another 30 seconds or more.
Do You Have To Add an Egg White?
You definitely don't have to add an egg white to this cocktail. Although some whiskey sour recipes do not have egg white, a traditional whiskey sour does. I personally like the foam it creates and it makes this cocktail so pretty.
Not everyone is comfortable adding egg white to their drink, and that’s OK! See my notes in the recipe card on the USDA comments on egg whites in the recipe.
How to Make Simple Syrup
To make simple syrup, just add one cup of sugar and one cup of water to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil so that all of the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and allow the mixture to cool before using. Store in a sealable container in the fridge and it should last for several weeks.
How to Garnish a Blood Orange Whiskey Sour
The dehydrated oranges in my photos are easy to make in the dehydrator or oven. My post will walk you through the entire process. You can also use a blood orange or lemon wedge on the side of the glass. A lemon peel twist would also be very elegant.
Home Bartender Tools
Making delicious cocktails at home is one of my favorite things to do. But, if you don't have the right tools, you may not get the results you are expecting. Check out my post on Home Bar Tools for the best essential tools for home bartenders.
If you get a chance to make these Blood Orange Whiskey Sour, tag me on Instagram or Facebook and show me, or leave a review below! You can also follow me on Pinterest and sign up for my e-mail list to receive more fun and delicious recipes right in your inbox.
Blood Orange Whiskey Sour
- 2 ounces bourbon/whiskey
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed blood orange juice
- ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ¾ ounce simple syrup
- 1 egg white*
- Prepare a lowball glass with a cube of ice or ice cubes. Add all of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker WITHOUT ice and dry shake for 8-10 seconds.
- Add ice to the shaker and then shake again for another 8-10 seconds or so until everything is nice and cold. Strain through the fine-mesh strainer into the prepared glass. Garnish if desired and enjoy!
- *The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) considers it safe to use raw eggs if they are pasteurized. Bottom Line: Raw eggs may contain a type of pathogenic bacteria called Salmonella, which can cause food poisoning. However, the risk of an egg being contaminated is quite low. Please proceed at your own risk and decide if you are ok with this. I have never had an issue.
Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.