The best kept Whiskey Sour secret

Plus, the perfect Negroni.

A Whiskey Sour Inspired Classic.

I’ve spent countless hours watching cocktail videos, reading books and researching cocktails and not once have I come across this drink. It’s remained a elusive to me all these years. But I think it deserves more love…

The Cameron’s Kick is a simple drink. A whiskey sour with a difference.

It was first made over 100 years ago and it was created by one of the old school bartending pioneers, Harry McElhone — author of ABC of Mixing Drinks from 1922 and former owner of the famous Harry’s Bar, Paris.

Cameron’s Kick takes a Whiskey Sour format, splits the base into Scotch whisky and Irish whiskey and changes the sweetener from simple syrup to orgeat. It’s that simple.

After only discovering this drink a few days ago, I really quite enjoyed it. So, if you are yet to try it, you should probably bring out those shaker tins…

5 x Sour Cocktail Recipes

One of the most popular category of cocktails is the sour, with an easy template of spirit, citrus and sugar. The most famous of the sour cocktails is the Whiskey Sour, which has been featured on cocktail menus since the 1860s!

But, if you need a change up from the Whiskey Sour, here are a few alternatives including the Aperol, Midori, Amaretto and Pisco Sours. I do recall being quite surprised at the results after shaking up this version of the Midori Sour.

Note: a Whiskey Sour doesn’t (technically/traditionally) have egg white. Adding egg white to a Whiskey Sour is known as a Boston Sour.

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Perfect your Negroni

The team at asked 10 of America’s best bartenders to submit their best Negroni recipe. The judging team blinded tasted them and unveiled the winning Negroni.

The specs for the top 3 Negronis were remarkably similar, but I noted a few key takeaways that we can learn from. Using a combination of these takeaways will help you to create your own perfect Negroni recipe.


  1. Increase the ratio of gin if you prefer a bolder flavour with less bitterness.

  2. Select a gin with a slightly higher ABV (around 42%) which will further highlight the gin and its featured botanicals.

  3. A classic Negroni uses a London dry gin which typically heroes juniper and citrus but try playing around with your favourite gins.

  4. Campari is a non-negotiable for a classic Negroni but there are alternatives out there.

  5. Pick a great quality sweet vermouth. Cocchi di Torino is an excellent choice although the inexpensive alternatives, such as Cinzano and Martini & Rossi, also make fine choices.

  6. Try expressing lemon oils atop the drink for more aromatics.

You can view the full article here: A Guide to Making the Perfect Negroni, which also features the top 3 Negroni recipes from the blind tasting, my analysis and 6 Negroni variations you should make yourself familiar with.

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