Classic Whiskey Sour

Classic Whiskey Sour for a surprisingly refreshing classic cocktail.

Classic Whiskey Sour Cocktail

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The Whiskey Sour cocktail has quite a long history. And its a pretty interesting one as well. The drink dates back to the 1800s. During those times, boats carried a lot of lemons and limes to help prevent sailors from getting scurvy. It also carried alcohol. A lot of alcohol! And thus the whiskey sour was born.

Now there are a lot of variations to the Whiskey Sour today. Variations like adding a spoon of red wine, adding an egg white, or adding port wine.

We decided to make a classic cocktail one night and let me just say, I was shocked at how much I liked this one! The flavors go together perfectly and it is surprisingly refreshing! We joked about calling it a Cold Toddy in our house because we both grew up with Hot Toddy’s when sick. And it’s basically the same ingredients just cold instead of hot.

I think its safe to say that the classic whiskey sour is going to be a regular cocktail menu item in our house! I guess I now know why the whiskey sour is one of the most popular classic cocktails!

Get your lemons and whiskey and learn to make a surprisingly refreshing classic whiskey sour for your next cocktail at home!


Rye Whiskey

Lemon Juice

Simple Syrup

Maraschino Cherry

Orange Wheel

Cocktail Stick (These are the ones I used and love from Amazon)

Cocktail Shaker

Low Ball Glasses

classic whiskey sour ingredients

About The Ingredients

American Rye Whiskey is made from at least 51% rye and aged in new barrels .

Lemon Juice adds a touch of citrus and lightens up some of the harsher alcohol tastes.

Simple syrup is simply a mixture of equal parts water and sugar boiled until fully dissolved and slightly thickened. It is a staple ingreditent in most bars as its frequently used to sweeten cocktails without having issues of sugar dissolving fully in a cold drink

Classic Whiskey Sour Recipe (yields 2 cocktails)

1)In a Cocktail Shaker add ice, 6 Oz Rye Whiskey, 2 oz Lemon Juice and .5oz Simple Syrup. Shake until well mixed and chilled.

2)Pour over ice into Low Ball Glasses

3)Add Orange Wheel to rim of glass

4)Add Maraschino Cherry on to a Garnish Stick and place it in the glass. Stir the drink a few times with your Cherry Garnish stick for just a slight hint of cherry flavoring.

Enjoy Responsibly!

easy classic whiskey sour cocktail

Are you a fan of fun and easy to make cocktails? Do you enjoy a boozy beverage from time to time but want it to be easy and pretty? So do we! Check out some of our other favorite themed cocktail recipes like this Classic Paloma Cocktail, this Banana Daiquiri, or this Sweet Summertime Cocktail.

Which classic cocktail is your favorite?

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