Vodka Sour

Vodka Sour Recipe

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A good vodka sour is a simple cocktail that is easy to make, but hard to get right. What makes this vodka sour recipe so delicious is that it uses our Fresh Homemade Sour Mix and adds a little egg white to create a smooth frothy drink with layers of flavor.

The advantage of using a sour mix made with freshly squeezed lemons is it tastes like something made with lemon juice instead of the over-sweetened corn syrup flavor that dominates so many store bought sour mixes.

A couple of small things elevate this cocktail recipe. The addition of egg whites adds freshness and body, creating a more refreshing drink; while the Angostura bitters add some complexity to an otherwise simple cocktail making this something you’ll mix up time and time again.

Vodka Sour Froth Top

The egg white adds freshness and body

Once you know how to make a vodka sour all you need is a good cocktail shaker and you have a drink that is easy to mix up and versatile enough that it pairs well with food and is right at home at a nice cocktail party.

If you’re interested in more drink recipes like this one check out Umami’s Classic Cocktail section.

Vodka Sour

Vodka Sour

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Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail


  • 3 oz fresh sour mix
  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz egg white
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters


  • In a cocktail shaker vigorously shake the sour mix, vodka, and egg white over ice.
  • Strain the drink into a glass and add two dashes of Angostura bitters.
  • For a nice presentation serve in a coupe glass and use a stir stick to swirl the bitters in a circle starting at the center and working your way out to create a nice pattern in the froth.


A simple way to use egg whites in cocktails, rather than cracking an egg every time you want a drink, is to buy a small carton of egg whites that can be kept in the fridge.


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