Mastering the (Vegan) Whiskey Sour

March 04, 2021

By BR Staff

Who better to help you up your bartending skills than celebrated mixologist and restaurateur Josh Goldman? In addition to serving as general manager and beverage manager at some of L.A.’s hottest establishments — Bastide, Church & State and ink., to name a few — Goldman has won a bevy of bartending awards, including a national Cochon555 Punch Kings championship.

In 2019, Goldman and chef Richie Lopez opened the Peruvian-Japanese L.A. eatery Yapa. And that’s where we found him — behind the bar serving up this luscious cocktail. For 2021, Goldman has launched his own brand of vodka called Silvergrin.

Want to make your own (vegan) whiskey sour? Here’s what you’ll need.

Kit

Shaker

Jigger

Hawthorne strainer

Fine strainer

Ingredients

Lemon

Simple syrup (1:1 sugar & water)

Bitters

Whiskey

Ice

Orange peel

Chickpeas

Instructions

Traditional Whiskey Sour

Pour ¾ ounce of fresh lemon juice into your jigger, then into your shaker.

Pour ¾ ounce of simple syrup into your jigger, then into your shaker.

Pour 2 ounces of your favorite whiskey into your jigger, then into your shaker.

Add a large piece of ice into your shaker and shake back and forth several times.

Add a large piece of ice to a glass.

Place your Hawthorne strainer on top of your shaker. Lock its gate. Then pour the contents of your Hawthorne-covered shaker through your fine strainer into your glass of ice.

Cut a slice of orange peel. Light a match under the peel very briefly to add the oil from the orange to your drink. Then rub the peel around the brim of your glass.

Add a slice of orange peel to your drink for decoration.

Vegan Whiskey Sour

Strain the liquid from a can of chickpeas to create aquafaba. Discard the chickpeas.

Pour ¾ ounce aquafaba into your jigger, then into your shaker.

Pour ¾ ounce of fresh lemon juice into your jigger, then into your shaker.

Pour ¾ ounce of simple syrup into your jigger, then into your shaker.

Pour 2 ounces of your favorite whiskey into your jigger, then into your shaker.

Add a large piece of ice into your shaker and shake long and hard. Then pour the contents of your shaker through your fine strainer into your glass.

Add a few decorative lines of bitters to the top and enjoy.

Directed by Caleb Wing

Director of Photography Evan Urman