Doing things the Frank Sinatra Way – J&B Sinatra Sour
Did you know it’s National Whiskey Sour Day today in the USA? One of my own favourite Whisky or Whiskey cocktails (depending on where your tipple originates), the Whisky Sour is an iconic cocktail that’s perfect for a warm Summer’s evening – and actually pretty good when the weather turns autumnal as it seems to have done today!
J&B Rare is a blended Scotch whisky that was created for the famous wine merchants Justerini & Brooks. J&B rare quickly became a society whisky, popular with all five members of the Rat Pack, with Cary Grant and with Truman Capote. It’s blended to create a smooth, elegant taste, with a fruity aromatic nose and an oaky spice finish. J&B’s four distilleries are all in Speyside and J&B rare is blended from Knockndo, Auchroisk, Strathmill and Glen Spey. Produced using natural spring water from the local rivers that surround the distilleries, it’s a high-quality blend that’s perfect for cocktails.
So what better way to celebrate Whiskey Sour Day than with the J&B Sinatra Sour?
I’ve had great fun making my own, using some fabulous and very special Maraschino cherries from Starlino. These are made from Marasca cherries, a particular type of sour Morello cherries, which are first matured for 15 days in their own juice then aged for a further seven day to reach perfection. The result is VERY moreish – I kept eating my garnish cherries!
Here’s the recipe for a J&B Sinatra Sour for you to try at home.
A variation on a classic Whiskey sour using J&B blended whisky
- 35 ml J&B Rare Whisky
- 10 ml Freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 10 ml Sugar syrup 1:1 ratio
- 15 ml Pasteurised egg white
- 3 dashes Angostura Bitters
- 3 Maraschino Cherries
Put the Maraschino cherries on a cocktail stick and set to one side
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
Add all the remaining ingredients and shake well for at least a minute
Double strain into a chilled coupe glass
Garnish with the cherries
Now, while you might miss Whiskey Sour day, I’ve got a great opportunity for one London-Unattached reader to win their very own bottle of J&B Rare worth around £22.50 All you need to do is follow the Rafflecopter through, remembering to answer the mandatory question. If you just can’t wait, you can buy a bottle from Master of Malt, Waitrose, the Whisky Exchange or Justerini & Brooks