Learn to Make a Whiskey Cider Sour Cocktail with Jennie Dorsey of Schilling Cider House

Have you been mixing up some drinks at home these days? Yeah, us too! Playing bartender can be a fun outlet for creativity, especially if you’ve got some pro tips to help you along. We asked Jennie Dorsey, Chief Cider Curator at Schilling Cider House Portland and all-around cider queen, to share a favorite cider cocktail that would be easy enough to make at home. She came through big time with this Whiskey Cider Sour, with bourbon, an egg white, lemon juice, simple syrup and dry cider. Jennie uses Schilling Hard Cider‘s London Dry, a classic, clean English pub-style cider, but feel free to use whatever’s in the fridge!

Jennie Dorsey’s Whiskey Cider Sour Cocktail


  • 1 egg white
  • 1.5 ounces bourbon or whiskey of your choice
  • Juice from half of a fresh lemon
  • Scant 0.5 ounce simple syrup
  • Dash bitters
  • 2.5 ounces dry cider
  • 1 maraschino cherry (optional)


  1. Put the egg white in a cocktail shaker, add ice, and give a really good shake until the egg white is emulsified.
  2. Add to the shaker: bourbon, juice from half a lemon and simple syrup. Give the cocktail shaker another hearty shake, until the metal is very cold.
  3. Pour the cider into the cocktail shaker, and give the shaker 2 shakes, just to incorporate the cider with the other ingredients.
  4. Strain into a coupe glass if you like your cocktail served up, or over ice in a collins glass. Add a few drops of bitters on the top layer of the cocktail, and, if you like a little sweetness in your cocktail, garnish with a maraschino cherry.
  • Video and recipe: Jennie Dorsey