Whiskey sour ingredients are few but potent. It's almost a miracle. Bourbon, lemon juice, and simple syrup together make the closest thing to adult candy the world has ever seen. Some say it’s like a lemonhead.
A common wisdom for proportioning a party punch is “one sour, two sweet, three strong, four week.” This is similar to how a whiskey sour is constructed, which is probably why it’s such a crowd-pleaser.
Why Everyone Loves Whiskey Sours
This whiskey drink dates back to 1862. An early form of the whiskey sour was served to sailors, using the citrus to help them fight scurvy.
Today, the whiskey sour is an oft-ordered drink at any bar. Bartenders in the past have used eggs to add some froth to the cocktail, but a whiskey sour is great with or without it.
You can start with the basic whiskey sour recipe, or you can take it to the next level with a few other cocktail ingredients. As long as that you keep that classic "sweet and sour" flavor, there's no way to go wrong.
You can go the route of an Eastern Sour by adding orange juice to the traditional whiskey sour recipe. These typically take bourbon and call for a cherry on top. It’s a fruitier, more vitamin-packed take on the whiskey sour drink. You can also add orange marmalade to a whiskey sour for added sweetness.
Check out this list of whiskey sour cocktails – and sour whiskey cocktails – that you can make right at home this weekend.
Learn how to make a perfect whiskey sour or try a new twist on the classic recipe with your friends and family today!