Cherry Pálinka Whiskey Sour – Cocktail Recipe

Pálinka is a type of fruit brandy from Central Europe. As I recently learned in Budapest, it’s a very traditional Hungarian tipple, and it comes in many flavours.

Cherry was by far my favourite and besides being the lemonade spiker of my dreams, the bottle of cherry pálinka I took home with me proved to be a source of cocktail inspiration.

cherry whiskey sour recipe with palinka

I’m a big fan of the Whiskey Sour, and the addition of cherry pálinka surely packed a flavour explossion and a boozy punch.


– 50ml Irish Whiskey
– 25ml cherry pálinka (or other cherry brandy such as kirsch)
– 1/2 lime (juice)
– 1/2 fresh egg white
– 1/2 tsp. icing sugar
– 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
– Ice


1. In a mixing glass with ice, add all the ingredients except the Angostura bitters and shake vigorously until a soft foam forms.
2. Strain over a coupe.
3. Add the Angostura bitters.

Tip: I used a chopstick to smooth the drop of bitter on top of the foam. I think it gives the drink a nice finish. Cheers!

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