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Winter Rye Sour Cocktail

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Last Updated on June 10, 2023 by Leah Hall

This egg white whiskey sour is full of flavor and so perfect for winter with great spices!


So I know it’s almost spring. I know, sorry. But I just couldn’t not share this one. This rye based cocktail is a great egg white whiskey sour, but with a whooooole lot of other stuff in it, too! And, we think you will love it!

Cocktail being poured into glass from a shaker

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We were prepping for another of our craft cocktail classes, you knew about those, right?! And we had been asked for an egg white cocktail, plus we wanted another recipe for a blog post, so this rye sour was born.

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We also have been in and out of cold snaps all winter, it really messes with you head, believe me! And I have been trying to embody the hygge spirit that we learned about during our Danish Table visit in January!


To bring out that hygge, we added all sorts of flavors to this egg white whiskey sour. It’s perfumed with buttered brown sugar syrup, cynar and allspice dram for a warm flavor that embodies the cozy feeling of hygge.

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How to Shake A Whiskey Sour

One of the great things about adding egg whites to your cocktail is the rich, creamy texture it gives. To get a nice, foamy drink, try one of these shaking styles

  • Dry Shake Shake first without ice, and then add ice and shake again
  • Reverse Dry Shake Shake with ice first; strain the ice out, and reshake

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We usually prefer the texture imparted by the traditional dry shake, but if you want to get a good amount of foam, the reverse dry shake is the way to go. If you are vegan and want this option, use aquafaba, the juice from a can of chickpeas, and use 3/4 oz, and it will do the same.

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So what did we do differently with this one? As I mentioned the flavors above, we added Angostura bitters, lemon juice and an egg white. All pretty standard ingredients, and are in a classic whiskey sour.

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What Ingredients are Needed for the Egg White Whiskey Sour?

  • Rye Whiskey
  • Lemon Juice
  • Buttered Brown Sugar Simple Syrup
  • Cynar
  • Allspice Dram
  • Angostura Bitters
  • Egg White

We chose to go with a rye whiskey though, because we liked the spiciness of the rye, and it went really well with the above flavors for sure!

Top shot of egg white whiskey sour cocktail with star anise on foam

The egg white whiskey sour is a favorite of ours, easy to make and silky smooth with the egg white. We really hope you try this one out, it’s complex in flavors, but fun and easy to make!




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Yield: 1

Winter Rye Sour Cocktail

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This egg white whiskey sour is full of flavors with buttered brown sugar, cynar and allspice dram all wrapped up in a classic Whiskey Sour Cocktail!



  1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker.
  2. Dry shake to combine, add ice.
  3. Shake again, strain into glass.
  4. Top foam with star anise if deisred.
  5. Cheers!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 248Total Fat: .3gSaturated Fat: .2gSodium: 49mgCarbohydrates: 12.8gFiber: .1gSugar: .9gProtein: 3.8g

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