A sour refers simply to any cocktail with citrus, sugar, and a spirit, but the traditional sour is shaken with egg white and often served with a garnish of bitters. This modern classic riffs on that formula with a split base of rye whiskey and applejack.
- 1 large egg white
- 1 oz. Laird’s Applejack
- 1 oz. rye whiskey, preferably Rittenhouse
- 3⁄4 oz. fresh lemon juice
- 3⁄4 oz. simple syrup
- Angostura bitters
- In a cocktail shaker, combine the egg white, applejack, rye whiskey, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds to emulsify, then fill the shaker with ice and continue shaking until the outside of the shaker feels frosty, another 10-15 seconds.
- Strain into a sour glass, garnish with a dash of bitters, and serve immediately.