Cara Cara Orange Whiskey Sour Recipe ~ Barley & Sage (2024)

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This cara cara orange whiskey sour is light, tangy, and super smooth thanks to the egg whites! It's the perfect co*cktail for when you want something super easy that looks fancy!

My favorite thing about citrus season is that you can find beautiful varieties of oranges like these stunning cara cara oranges!

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You might also like this blood orange vodka sour or this cara cara orange margarita!

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What is a Whiskey Sour?

A sour co*cktail typically contains some type of liquor + citrus juice + a sweetener. They're super simple and delicious!

  • Liquor- Sours can be made with just about any spirit; whiskey, vodka, gin, etc.
  • Citrus Juice (aka the “sour”)- Traditionally you'll see lemon or lime juice, but I love using cara cara orange juice instead!
  • Sweetener- Simple syrup is the most common sweetener you'll see. I love making my own cara cara orange simple syrup with the leftover orange peels!
  • Egg white- This is optional, but what gives a sour co*cktails that rich, creamy foam on top!

Ingredient Notes

You just need a few simple ingredients to make these orange whiskey sours!

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  • Whiskey - You can use whatever type of whiskey you prefer in this co*cktail! I tend to prefer bourbon, but you do you!
  • Cara Cara Oranges- The beautiful cara cara oranges are the star of this co*cktail! I love their beautiful color and aromatic flavor. However, any type of oranges (like blood oranges or navels) would work just as well.
  • Lemon Juice - Since the orange juice isn't super sour, I add just a little bit of lemon juice so that it's a truly sour co*cktail.
  • Simple Syrup- You can add as little or as much simple syrup as you like but it's totally optional if you prefer a more sour co*cktail!
  • Egg Whites- You might be a skeptical about adding egg whites to your co*cktail, and I get it. But it adds the most luxurious, frothy texture and really brings all the flavors together! If you're worried about consuming raw egg white, I recommend buying acarton of pasteurized egg whitesat your local grocery store!
  • Angostura Bitters- I like to add a dash or two of either aromatic or orange bitters to add a bit of complexity and enhance the flavor of the cara cara oranges, but you can leave them out if you prefer!
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how to make simple syrup

I always make my own simple syrup for co*cktails because it's so easy and paying for it seems silly to me! You can also add in different herbs or fruit for a delightfully flavored simple syrup.

  • ½ cupgranulated sugar
  • ½ cupwater
  • leftovercara cara orange peels(optional)
  1. Add the sugar and water to a small saucepan over medium heat. If desired, add in the orange peel as well.
  2. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved.
  3. Let cool completely to room temperature, then strain into a glass jar and seal tightly with a lid.
  4. Store in the fridge for up to a month!

This is a great way to add some extra cara cara orange flavor to your whiskey sour!

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co*cktail Serving Tips

For this simple co*cktail you just need aco*cktail shaker!

I also garnished these cara cara orange whiskey sours with a slice of dehydrated cara cara orange simply because they float on top of the foam much better than a regular orange slice.I have a whole post about how to make dried oranges here!

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More co*cktail Recipes

  • Blood Orange Vodka Sour
  • Cara Cara Orange Margarita
  • Strawberry Frosé (Frozen Rosé)
  • Grapefruit Paloma co*cktail

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Cara Cara Orange Whiskey Sour

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This cara cara orange whiskey sour is light, tangy, and super smooth thanks to the egg whites! This co*cktail is super easy but looks fancy!

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Prep Time: 5 minutes minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes minutes

Servings: 1 co*cktail

Author: Kyleigh Sage

Special Equipment

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  • 2 ounces whiskey
  • 1 ounce cara cara orange juice, about ½ orange
  • ½ ounce lemon juice
  • 1 ounce cara cara orange simple syrup, more or less to taste
  • 2 ounces pasteurized egg whites, about 1 egg whites
  • 2 shakes orange bitters
  • 1 slice dehydrated cara cara oranges


  • Combine cara cara orange juice, lemon juice, whiskey, simple syrup, and egg white in a co*cktail shaker and fill halfway with ice.

  • Secure lid and shake vigorously for 30 seconds or until foamy.

  • Strain into a coupe glass and top with 1-2 shakes of orange bitters and a dehydrated blood orange slice.


This co*cktail is made with raw egg whites. Consuming raw or under cooked eggs may increase your risk of food-borne illness, especially if you have certain health conditions. If you have concerns about using raw egg whites, you can buy a carton of pasteurized egg whites at your local grocery store that are generally safe to consume! Consume at your own risk.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 167kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 72mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 58IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutritional information on this website is only an estimate and is provided for convenience and as a courtesy only. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

Category | co*cktails, Drink

Cuisine | American

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  1. nancy says

    Cara Cara Orange Whiskey Sour Recipe ~ Barley & Sage (11)
    replacing my sunday brunch drinks with this recipe!



  2. Amy Liu Dong says

    Cara Cara Orange Whiskey Sour Recipe ~ Barley & Sage (12)
    Absolutely an awesome whisky recipe, looks tasty and yummy. Plus I love the glass you've used here, it's perfectly matched for this one and adds some tempting effect.



  3. Jerika says

    Cara Cara Orange Whiskey Sour Recipe ~ Barley & Sage (13)
    A simple and perfect co*cktail if you want to relax.:) Thanks for this cara cara orange whiskey sour!:)



Cara Cara Orange Whiskey Sour Recipe ~ Barley & Sage (2024)


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