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.
This Blood Orange Whiskey Sour cocktail recipe is just a simple change to the classic. Add in the optional egg white for the foamy top and you will have a beautiful and delicious drink.
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!
WHY 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 you 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.
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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.
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Chef Dennis says
I love the color of this! This looks insanely good.
The color is pretty awesome, gotta love what a blood orange can do!
So refreshing and delicious!
My thoughts exactly, cheers!
Yum! Blood oranges are in season now so it's the perfect time to make this.
Perfect timing I’d say 😉
What a gorgeous color to this drink! Beautiful!
Thank you!! Blood oranges make the best color.
The blood orange in here takes this drink to the next level. Yum!
I totally agree, enjoy!
The blood oranges in this recipe are outstanding!
Marie-Charlotte Chatelain says
I recently made rosemary simple syrup! Would this go well with the whiskey? I totally want to try this as rosemary and orange go so well!
Yes, I think this could be a wonderful combination. Let me know how it turns out, it sounds delicious!
One of my favourite cocktails taken to new heights with the blood orange! Such a vibrant mix of flavours 🙂
I totally agree, Chris, thanks.
Andréa Janssen says
Yummie! Great recipe. I'm going to prepare it soon!
You are going to love it, Andrea!
Julie Menghini says
I love blood orange in cocktails. This one is no exception. It sounds delicious!
For some reason, I just started using blood oranges in my cocktails and I am never going back! LOL
Beautiful cocktail! Classic whiskey sour kicked up with blood orange.
I'm convinced blood orange will make anything better...LOL😂
I love it!! Such a perfect blend of flavors!
Thanks, Toni! The blood orange and whiskey really do go together quite nicely 😁.