Whiskey Sour Recipe

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This whiskey sour recipe is our version of the classic cocktail. Whiskey mixed with fresh lemon juice and simple syrup is a combination you’re sure to love!

Today is Wednesday and we’ve got a cocktail that will get you over that weekday hump.

Let’s face it, most of us need a good drink from time to time. So, why waste that opportunity on a low quality mixer?

Just like our paloma cocktail recipe and bourbon smash, this whiskey sour only uses a few simple ingredients to create a grown-up beverage that’s sweet, sour, and stout.

The whiskey sour surrounded by lemon wedges and fresh cherries.

How to make a whiskey sour?

First, slice your lemon in half and juice it. If you don’t have a juicer, take a look at my tips.

The whiskey being poured into a chrome shaker with ice.

Next, grab your shaker and fill it about half full with ice from your freezer.

Then, add the whisky, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Place the lid on the shaker and start shaking the cocktail for about five (5) to seven (7) seconds.

Last, pour the whiskey sour into the glass and garnish it with a maraschino cherry or lemon wedge.

The cocktail being poured into a martini glass with ice.

We were out of maraschino cherries, so we add fresh one’s to the pictures for nice splash of color.

That’s it your cocktail is done! Kim and I hope you enjoy the drink responsibly and wish you all the best 🙂

Recipe Tips:

  • Don’t have a juicer? Well, you don’t need one for citrus fruit(s) like grapefruit, lemons, and oranges. Simply slice them in half and use your fingers as a strainer.
  • When you squeeze the citrus, cup your free hand (palm up) over the bowl and squeeze the fruit with your other hand. The seeds will catch between your fingers while the juice seeps through. Just make sure to wash your hands first.
  • One way to make a simple syrup is to grab a bowl, add the powdered sugar, then whisk it with hot tap water. Powdered sugar is fragile enough to melt in tap water if it’s hot enough. Bingo, simple syrup without turning on the stove!
  • No shaker cup, no problem. All you need to do is mix the drink, in a plastic cup, using a spoon. I know it’s not the same mixing technique, but it works in a pinch when making martinis and other mixed drinks.
The finished cocktail with ice in a short martini glass.

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The cocktail being poured into a martini glass with ice.

Whiskey Sour Recipe

5 from 2 votes
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Author: John
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 Serving


Simple Syrup

  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup powdered sugar

Whiskey Sour

  • ½ cup ice
  • 2 ounces whiskey
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup, or more to taste


Simple Syrup

  • Standard Method: Combine the water and powdered sugar in a saucepan over high heat. Heat and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat, and place in a heat-safe container in the refrigerator until ready to use.
    ½ cup water
    ½ cup powdered sugar
  • Alternate method: In a mixing bowl, combine powdered sugar and hot tap water. Stir until sugar has dissolved. Store in heat safe container in your fridge until ready to use.

Whiskey Sour

  • Combine the whiskey, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a drink shaker with ice. Shake to combine, and pour into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a lemon or orange twist and a cherry.
    ½ cup ice
    2 ounces whiskey
    1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
    1 ounce simple syrup


Serving: 4ounces | Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 23mg | Potassium: 48mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg


The calories listed are an approximation based on the whiskey sour ingredients and a serving size of 1 (4 ounce) cocktail. Additionally, it does NOT include the lemon wedges and fresh cherries seen in the photos as garnish. Actual calories will vary. Please drink responsibly!
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