If you have ordered a whiskey sour at an average bar, you may think you don’t care for this cocktail. Chances are, what you don’t care for is bottled sour mix. It’s awful.
Freshly made whiskey sours are nothing but delightful. Tart, tangy, sweet, sour, and spiked with whiskey but not in a bowl-you-over sort of manner. Whiskey sours are so drinkable, particularly in the warmer months. It’s a bit like grown up lemonade.
I love to make these in big batches for parties and serve them with pretty garnishes (like brandied cherries or big slices of citrus on a skewer) over crushed ice. I have on multiple occasions convinced people who swear they don’t care for whiskey to try a sip, and every single time, the result is the same…this drink changes their mind. They are that good!
If you have never made simple syrup, here is a post on how to make and store simple syrup.
Ready to mix up a round? Scroll below for the recipe.
- 3/4 cup Bourbon (I like Old Crow or Jack Daniel's)
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
- 2/3 cup simple syrup
- maraschino cherries or citrus slices for garnish
- In a large pitcher, combine the bourbon, lemon juice, lime juice, and simple syrup. Stir to combine.
- For serving, fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice and fill two-thirds full with the cocktail mixture. Shake for 30 seconds and pour into glasses.
- Add a maraschino cherry or a slice of citrus and serve ice cold.