You can make a "sour" cocktail with any spirit, but today they're most commonly served with bourbon, rye or scotch whisky. The ratio between sweet & sour is a precarious balance in this cocktail making it tricky to nail perfectly. Our version of the whiskey sour errs a little more on the sour than in times gone by - an improvement in our eyes - but it pays to experiment a little with the Lemon & Syrup ratios to match your own tastes.

  • Our Rating: 5
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Character: Boozy Sour
  • Occasions: Pre Dinner
  • Preparation Time: 5 min
Whiskey Sour

Whiskey Sour Ingredients

Lemon Juice0.75shot
Sugar Syrup0.5shot
Egg White1

Garnish with a Maraschino Cherry & an Orange Slice.

How to Make a Whiskey Sour

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a shaker filled with ice & shake vigorously.
  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with a Maraschino Cherry & an Orange Slice, & serve.

Tips & Tricks Making a Whiskey Sour

  • If the ratio above is a little too sour, feel free to increase the amount of syrup up to about 1 shot (for a 0.75 shot of Lemon juice) - this will err on the sweet side os the sour cocktails.
  • Bourbon is today's default choice of spirit in the Whiskey Sour, however, feel free to use Canadian or even Scotch Whisky to change the character of your sour cocktail.
  • Sours are also typically made with Vodka or Rum. Vodka Sours will taste rather neutral, whereas Rum Sours will tend to be sweeter than Whiskey Sours.
  • Some people like to add a squirt of fizzy water (soda) to their Whiskey Sours - being careful not to over dilute.
  • The sugar syrup can be substituted with half a tea spoon of fine sugar.

Items You Need to Make a Whiskey Sour

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Old Fashioned Glass

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Boston Shaker

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Bar Knife

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