We'll get to some history on the awesome Whiskey Sour cocktail recipe in just a moment, but first, here are a few other classic whiskey cocktails we think you'll enjoy: the Old Fashioned
, the Mint Julep
, the Irish Coffee
, the Boulevardier
, and the Flaming 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
In terms of the history of the Whiskey Sour cocktail recipe
, according to the Whiskey Sour Wikipedia page, "The oldest historical mention of a whiskey sour was published in the Wisconsin newspaper, Waukesha Plain Dealer, in 1870." The drink's Wikipedia page adds that one Peruvian newspaper has said that it was Elliot Stubbs
, an Englishman who went to Peru with a dream of opening a bar who invented the drink. (Cool dream, Stubb!) On the other hand, Overcup Press points out
that "Although the recipe wasn't written down until 1862 by Jerry Thomas in The Bartender’s Guide, 'spurs' were a basic recipe for centuries." The Whiskey Sour's Wikipedia page also notes that there is an optional addition of a dash of egg white, which enriches the texture of the drink. This version of the drink is sometimes referred to as a Boston Sour. Side note: If you're brave enough to try out some drinks that call for egg whites, you can check out a ton of them here.
1 1/2 oz. (45ml) Whiskey
1 oz. (30ml) Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
1/2 oz. (15ml) Simple Syrup
1. Add ice to mixing glass and pour over whiskey, lemon juice and simple syrup. Shake well.
2. Strain mix into ice filled serving glass and garnish with orange and cherry.