The Whiskey Sour a cocktail that’s as classic as they come, yet always ready for a modern twist. As an experienced mixologist, I’ve seen this drink evolve, yet its soul remains unchanged. It’s the perfect blend of sweet, sour, and whiskey warmth, a combination that never fails to impress.

The Rich History of the Whiskey Sour

The Whiskey Sour has been a staple since the 1800s. It’s said to have been created by sailors to prevent scurvy, but it quickly became a favorite in bars and saloons. I always imagine those sailors, sipping their Whiskey Sours, unaware they were enjoying what would become a timeless classic.

Whiskey Sour

Whiskey Sour

Whiskey Sour, a classic cocktail dating back to the late 1800s, is a perfect balance of sweet and sour with a whiskey base. The iconic cocktail has stood the test of time and remains a popular choice at bars and parties to this day. A whiskey sour offers a tangy and slightly sweet taste with a hint of whiskey. The sourness comes from the lemon juice, while the sweetness comes from simple syrup.
Whether you're a fan of whiskey or just looking for a refreshing and tasty drink, the whiskey sour is a great option. With its balance of sweet and sour and its rich history, it's a classic cocktail that's sure to impress. So, why not give it a try and see for yourself why it's so popular?

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Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes

Ingredients - What's in it?

Adjust Servings 1 serving

Instructions - How to make it:

  • Shake blended whiskey. juice of lemon. and powdered sugar with ice and strain into a whiskey sour glass. Decorate with the half-slice of lemon. top with the cherry. and serve.

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Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 0.2mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Course Beverage, Cocktail, Drinks
Cuisine Beverage, Cocktail, Drinks
Keyword Beverage, Cocktail, Drink

The Art of Whiskey Selection

The choice of whiskey can make or break your Whiskey Sour. I prefer a good bourbon for its sweet, full-bodied flavor. Rye whiskey adds a spicy kick, perfect for those who like a bit of heat.

The Egg White Debate

To egg or not to egg? That is the question. The egg white adds a silky texture and a beautiful frothy top. It’s a classic touch, but the drink is just as delicious without it.

Food Pairings

The Whiskey Sour pairs wonderfully with rich, hearty foods. Think barbecue ribs or a juicy burger. The acidity of the cocktail cuts through the richness of the food, creating a balance that’s simply divine.


Serve in a lowball glass for a classic look. The garnish is not just decoration; the aroma of the lemon peel enhances the drinking experience.

The Joy of Discovery

I remember the first time I made a Whiskey Sour for a skeptical friend. He was a ‘whiskey neat’ kind of guy, doubtful about mixing his beloved spirit. One sip, and his eyes lit up. He was a convert. That’s the magic of a well-made Whiskey Sour.

The Social Chameleon of Cocktails

The Whiskey Sour is versatile. It’s sophisticated enough for a fancy dinner party yet casual enough for a backyard barbecue. It’s the kind of drink that brings people together, no matter the occasion.

The Evolution of the Whiskey Sour

Over the years, I’ve experimented with various twists – a dash of orange liqueur, a splash of red wine (creating a New York Sour), or muddled herbs for an aromatic touch. The Whiskey Sour is a canvas for creativity.

The Whiskey Sour is more than just a cocktail; it’s a piece of history, a testament to the enduring appeal of simple, quality ingredients. Whether you’re a whiskey aficionado or new to the world of cocktails, the Whiskey Sour is a must-try. So, why not shake one up and savor the perfect balance of sweet, sour, and whiskey warmth?