If you love tropical drinks that make you feel like you are on vacation, you have to try this Tiki Bitters Whiskey Sour! A balance of whiskey, amaretto, orange liqueur, and fruit juice will bring you to the sunshine no matter where you are.
Why I Love This Recipe
I love this Tiki Bitters Whiskey Sour cocktail recipe because it combines a whiskey sour's classic charm with tiki bitters' exotic flair. The addition of tiki bitters adds a complexity that enhances the citrusy sweetness and adds a tropical twist to the beloved whiskey sour.
What are Tiki Bitters?
Tiki bitters are a blend of spices to add an enhanced flavor to your tropical drinks. It has cinnamon, allspice, ginger, citrus peel, and cardamom to name a few ingredients. Tiki bitters will balance a typically sweet tropical drink without overwhelming it.
What Whiskey to Use for This Recipe
I used rye whiskey in this cocktail because I like the bite in rye whiskey and I wanted to balance the sweetness of this drink. Rye whiskey is made with a rye mash, making it dryer, more intense, and a little spicy.
Bourbon whiskey is made with a corn mash so it tends to be sweeter. That being said, you can use any whiskey/bourbon you like and this drink will be delicious.
How to Make a Tiki Whiskey Sour
Prepare a lowball cocktail glass with fresh ice and a garnish stick with your choice of garnish. I used a cherry and a slice of orange.
Place all of the liquid ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake for 10-12 seconds until nice and cold. Strain into the prepared glass and enjoy immediately. Cheers!
What Garnish to Use For This Cocktail
Other garnish options would be a fresh orange or lemon slice, a cocktail cherry, pineapple fronds, or a cocktail umbrella. Have fun with it!
Whiskey and bourbon are two distinct types of spirits, each with its own characteristics.
Whiskey is a broad category that encompasses spirits made from various grains, while bourbon is a specific type of whiskey that must be produced in the United States and primarily contains at least 51% corn in its mash bill.
Bourbon is aged in new, charred oak barrels, giving it a slightly sweeter and fuller-bodied flavor compared to other whiskies. It carries specific legal requirements and is recognized for its unique taste profile, making it a beloved American spirit.
Yes, you can make this drink with another spirit like gin, vodka, or rum. The sour cocktail is a basic combination of sweet and sour and sometimes had an added foaming element like egg or aquafaba.
If you're looking for a substitution for Grand Marnier, there are a few options including Triple Sec, Cointreau, or Orange Curacao.
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Tiki Bitters Whiskey Sour
- 2 ounces rye whiskey (or bourbon)
- 1 ounce pineapple juice
- ½ ounce lemon juice
- ¼ ounce amaretto
- ¼ ounces orange liqueur (I used Grand Marnier)
- 1-2 droppers tiki bitters (I used Bittermens)
- fruit for garnish (cherries, orange slice, pineapple, etc)
- Prepare a lowball cocktail glass with fresh ice and prepare a garnish stick with your choice of garnish. I used a cherry and a slice of orange.
- Place all of the liquid ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake for 10 seconds until nice and cold.
- Strain into the prepared glass and enjoy immediately. Cheers!
- Nutrition facts do not include garnishes.
Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.
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