The gent’s sour – recipe for a gentleman’s whiskey sour

The Gent’s Sour – Recipe for a gentleman’s whiskey sour

The Gent’s Sour, also known as the Gentleman’s Sour, is a variation of the classic whiskey sour that many are probably already familiar with.

Our recipe for the new version uses the matching Jack Daniel’s Gentleman Jack Whiskey, which impresses with its pleasantly mild taste and aromas of caramel and vanilla.

Origin of the Gentleman Cocktail:

The American whiskey producer Jack Daniel’s launched a new type of liquid gold in 1988: Gentleman Jack Whiskey. This mild whiskey is characterized above all by its double charcoal filtering, which benefits the Gent’s Sour.

It also has the fresh taste of sweet orange, mint, and ripe apples, a distinctive feature of Gentleman Jack.

It is believed that Jack Daniel’s Distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee, is credited with inventing the Gentleman’s Sour Cocktail – but this is not exactly proven.

The Gent’s Sour

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The Gent's Sour is a bitter variation of the Whiskey Sour that is loved by cocktail enthusiasts in the USA in particular.
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Preparation time: 2 minutes
Mixing time: 3 minutes
Total time: 5 minutes
Category: Longdrink, Sours
Origin: American
Keywords: Angostura Bitters, Egg white, Ice cubes, Lemon juice, Sugar syrup, Whiskey
Servings: 1 Cocktail
Calories: 180kcal
Author: Leon Zeschke


  • shaker
  • Strainer


  • 6 cl Gentleman Whiskey
  • 2.5 cl lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 cl sugar syrup
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 dash angostura bitters
  • some ice cubes


  • Add all the ingredients except the ice to the shaker and shake well for about 10-12 seconds. Make sure to add the egg white last.
  • Now add 4-5 ice cubes and shake again for 10-12 seconds.
  • Prepare the glass by adding some ice cubes.
  • Strain the mixture from the shaker through the strainer into the glass.
  • As a decoration, you can place a fresh lemon or orange slice on the rim of the glass before enjoying the Gent's Sour.


Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Proof: 25% vol
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Tips for the gentleman:

The perfect foamy layer:

In order to create the layer of foam that is typical for Gentleman’s Sours, you should hold the strainer upside down while straining the mixture. The opening of the sieve should point downwards into the glass.

Strength, sweetness, and acidity:

Ideally, the ratio of the three components in a sour should be 2:1:1. Of course, personal preference can vary, you can adjust the number of ingredients at any time.

If you prefer a less acidic drink, you can leave out the Angostura bitters, for example.

If you prefer more sweetness, you can increase the amount of sugar syrup or use honey. This harmonizes particularly well with the mild Gentleman Jack Whiskey.

Frequently asked questions about The Gent’s Sour:

Are there alternatives to the egg white in the cocktail?

Of course, you can simply leave out the egg white for this sour. However, this also destroys the wonderfully velvety consistency of the cocktail.

Fortunately, there are some vegan, or at least chicken-free, alternatives nowadays, to finally put an end to the fear of salmonella and other germs.

Protein powder, aquafaba, or Gomme syrup are great alternatives for this. All substitutes can be bought in most grocery stores.

However, some of these products have a strong taste of their own, so you may have to adjust our recipe a bit.

Über Leon Zeschke | Avatar of leon zeschkeLeon is a food blogger, nutritionist, and passionate cocktail nerd. He loves trying out new cocktails and sharing his creations. Jonas is also one of the founders and part of the editorial team of
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