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vodka sour drink in a coupe glass with a twist of lemon

Vodka Sour

  • Author: Brita Britnell
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


A Vodka Sour is a classic vodka cocktail that’s light and refreshing with the perfect balance of sweet and tart. This cocktail recipe is easy to make with a mix of vodka, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup and a frothy egg white. Garnish with a twist of lemon peel and you have the perfect drink for happy hour!


  • 2 ounces vodka 
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice 
  • 1 ounce simple syrup 
  • 1 large pasteurized egg white 
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters, optional


  1. Add all of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for 15 seconds, or until the outside of the shaker is chilled and beginning to condensate. 
  2. Strain into your preferred glass (I’m using a coupe glass, but a lowball glass would also work.) 
  3. Garnish with a lemon wedge and enjoy!


Flavor Variations: For a fun twist on a vodka sour, add up to 1 ounce of your preferred flavoring! Lime juice, pomegranate juice, grenadine, orange juice, blood orange liqueur, chambord –  the possibilities are endless! 

Vegan Variation: Rather than using an egg white, substitute two tablespoons of aquafaba and shake as directed. 

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: vodka sour, vodka cocktail, sour cocktail