Introduction – Uncovering the Hidden Calories in a Whiskey Sour
It’s no secret that drinking any kind of alcoholic beverage can be detrimental to your health if done too often. But, when enjoying a tasty Whiskey Sour, we rarely think about the amount of hidden calories in the drink we just enjoyed. We may not even know what goes into making a traditional Whiskey Sour – let alone all of its nutritional information! Well, it’s time to take an inside look at this popular cocktail and uncover exactly how many calories are lurking inside.
One thing that becomes quite clear is that Whiskey Sours contain some ingredients that you might not expect. A typical recipe calls for 2 ounces of whiskey (which adds around 140 calories), half an ounce of freshly squeezed lemon juice (only adds 6-9 calories), and one teaspoon of simple syrup – which holds around 16 calories per teaspoon! That gives us a grand total of around 162- 165 calories before sweeteners or other mixers like soda water are added. Keep in mind these numbers also don’t include any potentially sugary juices like pineapple or orange juice added either as they can really add up calorie wise significantly.
That being said, there is certainly good news with Whiskey Sours – they generally contain significantly less alcohol than compared to many other popular cocktails such as Long Island Iced Teas, Margaritas and Daiquiris among others! In spite of the lower alcohol content, does a Whiskey Sour have more or less calories than some similarly sized drinks? To answer this question requires analysis into the specifics components found within each individual drink itself! So let’s compare a basic daiquiri and whisky sour I every way possible so that you can make an educated choice about which one is best for your taste buds and waistline:
The Daiquiri contains 2 ounces rum, 1/2 ounce lime juice and 1 ounce sugar syrup with 169 Calories per serving while the Whisky Sour has 140 Calories from whiskey with anywhere between 6-9
How Many Calories are in a Whiskey Sour?
A traditional whiskey sour cocktail is often served up chilled and adorned with an orange slice or a maraschino cherry. But how many calories are lurking in this classic recipe?
The short answer is that a traditional whiskey sour tends to contain around 200-220 calories per serving, depending on the exact ingredients you use. A standard serving of whiskey sour consists of two ounces each of whiskey, sour mix, and one ounce lemon juice. Using light whiskey and sugar-free syrups brings the calorie count down to about 120-180 calories per drink.
What makes the whiskey sour so calorically dense? While a dry white wine might contain just 85-90 calories in a three ounce pour, your average shot glass has double that amount – even before the juices and Mixers get added in! Whiskey’s strong base of alcohol compounds the caloric content along with natural sugars like glucose and fructose, which are contained in certain fruits used as flavoring or garnishes. In addition, sugary sweeteners such as simple syrup add even more sugar to raise the calorie levels significantly above alcoholic drink norms – sometimes as much as fifty additional calories!
But don’t despair – there are ways to cut down on for those watching their waistline. Just ask for fresh citrus instead of simple syrup when ordering at your local bar or restaurant. On top of this, using diet soda for a Moderately Healthy Twist can reduce these numbers by nearly 80%. Or switch out regular bourbon for lighter bourbon with fewer carbs (or nonalcoholic liquors) if you desire a lower calorie option altogether!
Step-by-Step Guide to Making a Whiskey Sour
Making a whiskey sour is a timeless classic, so why not make one of your own to enjoy? This step-by-step guide will show you how.
Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients
To make the perfect whiskey sour, start by gathering your ingredients. You’ll need 2 ounces of whiskey (your favorite type is perfectly fine), ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice, and ¾ ounce simple syrup – which can be made from equal parts sugar and water that have been boiled together until the sugar has completely dissolved.
Step 2: Shake It Up
Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice and add in the whiskey, lemon juice and simple syrup. Secure the lid tightly on the shaker and shake it vigorously (for about 20 to 30 seconds) until all the ingredients are chilled. Not only does this help to chill each ingredient without diluting them too much, but it also helps to blend them for maximum flavor when served.
Step 3: Double Strain into Glasses
Fill two 6-ounce rocks glasses with fresh ice cubes and double strain your mixture over top. Double straining refers to first pouring through a Hawthorne or julep strainer into an additional empty cup with a fine mesh sieve, then finally placing it onto your serving glasses with fresh ice cubes. This helps ensure that any little chunks that may have formed while shaking don’t end up in your finished drink!
Step 4: Add Garnishes
Now comes time for garnishes! If desired you can use either an orange wheel or maraschino cherry –– or both –– to top off your beverage before serving. Or even opt for some freshly grated nutmeg for a touch of extra warmth that goes delightfully well with this citrusy cocktail.
Step 5: Enjoy Responsibly!
And there you have it; now you’re ready to enjoy! Whiskey sours are particularly delicious when enjoyed while watching
Common Questions and Answers about Whiskey Sours
Question: What is a whiskey sour?
Answer: A whiskey sour is a classic cocktail that combines whiskey, lemon juice, and sugar. It can also include orange juice or a dash of bitters for added flavor. Whiskey sours are easy to mix at home and make great drinks for any occasion. The perfect balance of sweet and tart flavors makes the whiskey sour an irresistible combination enjoyed by many. With just a few simple ingredients, you can whip up a delicious cocktail that’s sure to please any crowd!
Top 5 Facts About the History of the Whiskey Sour
The Whiskey Sour is a popular cocktail made from whiskey, lemon, sugar and sometimes egg white. It dates back to the nineteenth century, but its origins are difficult to trace. Below are the top five facts about the history of this iconic drink.
1. The earliest known print reference of whiskey sour appears in 1806 issue of ‘The Balance and Columbian Repository’. The recipe dictates that you mix two ounces of rye whiskey with two teaspoons each of lemon juice and simple syrup before adding a few dashes of bitters.
2. The Whiskey Sour has been popular throughout various points in American history – sailors in the War of 1812 often drank it as “slings” while fighting on tall ships; during the prohibition era when spirits were clandestinely distilled at home; and today where it is one of the most popular cocktails available around bars and restaurants across America.
3. Although mentioned in books dating before 1887, recipes for what could be assumed to be a sour went by many names: whisky slap, whisky shrub or even whisky flip (made with whole eggs). Basically anything to do with alcohol was considered some version or another variant of a sour.
4. During Prohibition time drinks had to be served without ice cubes because ICE CUBES ARE A COLD ONE! So people began shaking their drinks vigorously to chill them instead – thus inadvertently creating some great drinks like margaritas & daiquiris! Not only did that give us great tasting summer treats but also whipped up our beloved classic Whiskey Sour too!
5. In 1933 when Prohibition came to an end bartenders experimented more with classic cocktails such as gin fizzes, sidecars etc., but Whiskey Sour remained on top as ‘the’ simple yet tasty cocktail which anyone could opt for during this era… so we can proudly say that Whiskey Sour – with its balance between sweet & sour tastes coupled with aged whiskey body
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