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Whiskey Sour

The whiskey sour is a tried and true classic from the mid-1800's. Over the years numerous variations have sprouted, a few of which are noted below. This is another cocktail where fresh squeezed lemon juice is of paramount importance. It really makes a huge impact. Most prefer to make a whiskey sour with bourbon, however a blended whiskey or your whiskey of choice will be fine.

  • 2 oz. bourbon
  • 3/4 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • slice of lemon or orange 
  • Maraschino cherry

In an ice filled cocktail shaker, vigorously shake the three liquid ingredients. Strain into a chilled Old Fashioned Glass or Sour Glass (if you have one). Alternately, you can strain it into an ice filled Highball Glass. Drop in the cherry, and garnish the rim with the citrus slice.


Boston Sour - Add an egg white to the liquid ingredients and shake vigorously.

Southern Comfort Sour - Use Southern Comfort in lieu of the bourbon and add 1/4 oz. fresh orange juice.

Stinger Sour - Add 1 tsp. peppermint schnapps, garnish with a sprig of mint. Best served on ice in an Old Fashioned Glass.