2 oz Whiskey (Blended, Bourbon, or Rye)
1⁄2 oz Simple syrup
1 Egg white (optional)
1 Maraschino cherry (as garnish)
1 sli Orange (wheel, as garnish)
Instructions

Shake, strain, rock, low-ball. Garnish. If using the optional egg white, shake the ingredients first without ice, then shake again with ice.

Notes

An excellent drink for the drinker exploring the world beyond sweeter drinks.

Cocktail summary
Posted by Dan on 11/12/2010
Created by
Elliot Stubb, Peru, alleged.
Year
1872
Is of
unknown authenticity
Curator
4 stars
Average
4.5 stars
(31 ratings)
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  • Try making a basic again with 1oz lemon, like Dan Sabo's, which is listed below. — ★★★★
  • Reverse shake with one ice cube to prevent egg white leakage (air expansion) — ★★★★
  • Prefer 3/4 oz lemon juice and 1/2 oz simple syrup — ★★★★
  • For a less tart version, use 3/4 oz lemon, 3/4-1 oz simple. 1/4 oz of egg white should be enough. — ★★★★
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Comments

It seems that Old Waldorf Astoria Bar Book called for serving some sours at room temperature.  The Pequod Sour, which adds mint to an egg-less whiskey sour is pretty tasty.