It ain't fancy, but that's a big part of its appeal. Because at the end of a long day--scratch that; long week--you don't always feel like challenging your palate, or even thinking about it very much. You just want a nice, easy drink, one that's as loyal and friendly as an old dog, that doesn't mind if you pad around the living room in your socks or lie back on the couch watching shows you'd never dare admit you enjoy. Who's it gonna tell, anyway?
It's Friday afternoon, and if you're lucky you've got about 60 hours before you have to think or speak for anybody else again. Time for the Whiskey Sour--the comfortable T-shirt of drinks.
About the author: Paul Clarke blogs about cocktails at The Cocktail Chronicles and writes regularly on spirits and cocktails for Imbibe magazine. He lives in Seattle, where he works as a writer and magazine editor.
- 2 ounces whiskey
- 1 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 egg white (optional—use if you’re feeling mildly adventurous, or need a drink with a little more gravitas)
Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker, fill with ice and shake for 10 seconds (if using the egg white, give it a little extra muscle and a little extra time). Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, or into an ice-filled Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with a cherry, a slice of orange, or everything or nothing at all.