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How to Make the Vodka Sour

Just like any sour cocktail, the vodka sour is both sweet and tart at the same time! I love it before dinner, but great at any time!

Vodka Sour recipe

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What is a Sour?

The category of sour cocktails is one of the oldest. Sours can be broken down into three S: sour (citrus), sweetener (the sugar) and the spirit (liquor). There is so much scope to create tons of different cocktails with that formula!

There is no need to use any sour mix when you have fresh lemon juice, fresh lime juice, cranberry juice, orange juice or even pomegranate juice to use to add that tang to the sour cocktail recipe. Also you can create a simple syrup using white, demerara or brown sugar.

Vodka Sour

Why use vodka

Vodka cocktails, like the Dirty Martini and the Cosmopolitan, are much more popular than the Vodka Sour recipe. Most people usually go for the Whiskey Sour, Pisco Sour, Rum Sour, Amaretto Sour, or even Mai Tai, before a Vodka Sour, as those spirits have a much more pronounced flavor. I love this Vodka Sour recipe because the emphasis is on the sour flavor, not the spirit. Although you can taste the vodka, it’s all about the citrus in this one!

What are all the ingredients in a Vodka Sour

You can use will need the following ingredients to:

  • Vodka (!) – You can use plain vodka or any other type to add a bit more flavor like cherry vodka, which plays on the maraschino cherry and gives a the perfect Cherry Vodka Sour!
  • Lemon Juice
  • Sugar simple syrup
  • Egg White (or Aquafaba) to create that smooth, white foam!
  • Angostura Bitters
  • Maraschino Cherry
  • Lemon wedge or lemon slice to garnish
  • Ice cubes (to shake and serve)

What tools you need to make the Vodka Sour

Grab that cocktail shaker for this one! You’ll also need a jigger, a barspoon, strainer, and a rocks or old-fashioned glass for this recipe.

You’ll need to dry shake this one to add the foam. If you want it sweeter, you can always add a touch of simple syrup or play around with the parts vodka and part citrus you want. This kind of drink recipe is an easy recipe and all based on how you like it, so try whatever you like! Remember – there is no such thing as a perfect recipe!

Doing the Dry Shake

Before adding the ice, close the shaker and shake it as hard as you can with just the gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup and egg white (or a few tablespoons aquafaba).  Shaking a cocktail with egg whites, at room temperature without the ice, makes it extra foamy, thus the Dry Shake!

Next fill the shaker with ice. Make sure your ice is fresh, since it can absorb the odors in your freezer. You don’t want your cocktail tasting like your leftovers!

Vodka Sour

Egg White vs Aquafaba

Aquafaba is name of the liquid that you can find when you open a can of chickpeas, so it’s totally vegan. This starchy water replicates the mouthfeel of the egg white in cocktails. The measurements are 2 tablespoons of Aquafaba for one egg white. 

Where to find more Vodka Sour recipes

You can find loads of other easy vodka recipes to try! Here are a few of my favorite sours!

Where to find ingredients for the Vodka Sour

You can find all the ingredients at Spirits Kiosk (10% off the entire site by quoting this code: ALushLife10SK.) in the UK; or in the USA!

Here is the recipe

Vodka Sour

Vodka Sour

It's so easy to make the classic Vodka Sour recipe with only four ingredients in the recipe – vodka, lemon and sugar syrup, plus egg white!
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Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Cocktails
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 239 kcal


  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 egg white
  • Cocktail cherry and lemon wedge


  • Add the vodka, lemon juice, lime juice, syrup, bitters, and egg white to a cocktail shaker WITHOUT ice.
  • Shake as hard as you can
  • Now add ice to the cocktail shaker
  • Shake, shake, shake
  • Strain into a glass
  • Add ice carefully
  • Garnish with a lemon wedge and a cocktail cherry


Serving: 1gCalories: 239kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 3gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.01gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 67mgPotassium: 97mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 2IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 7mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Vodka Sour
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