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 vodka sour 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 want to mix up time and time again.
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.
How to Make a Vodka Sour
A sour is an easy cocktail to make. Start with a base spirit, such as whiskey, vodka, or gin, add some sour mix and egg whites to a cocktail shaker along with some ice. Then shake it like you mean it, strain it like you care, and sip it like tomorrow is a long ways away.
The more vigorous the cocktail is shaken, the more froth you’ll get from the egg whites, which make the cocktail more fun to drink and give it a smoother texture. We like to add the bitters after the drink has been strained into a glass to add a little contrasting color.
Once you learn how to mix up a sour all you need is a proper cocktail shaker, and you have a range of drinks that are easy to mix up and versatile enough that they are right at home at a nice cocktail party and pair well with whatever is being served for dinner.
If you’re interested in more cocktail recipes like this one check out Umami’s Classic Cocktail section.
- 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.