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If You Like Whiskey Sours, You'll Love These 8 Cocktails

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The Whiskey Sour is a fan favorite for a reason. Like an Old Fashioned that’s been given a citrusy kick, it’s sweet, tart and utterly satisfying. While the classic recipe needs no improvements, bartenders have developed tons of delicious takes on the drink with which you should be acquainted. Whether you’re looking for a new twist on the original or craving a classic libation with a similar flavor profile, every Whiskey Sour lover will enjoy these eight refreshing cocktails.

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Blake Pope of Kindred Restaurant in Davidson, North Carolina, created this take on the Whiskey Sour by adding a rich, jammy ruby port to the mix. The bittersweet drink is perfect for serving alongside a big plate of homestyle Southern fare.

The Essentials

Rye
Ruby Port
Lemon juice
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Wine aficionados will swoon for this classic twist on the Whiskey Sour, as it employs the help of a juicy bottle of red, like Malbec or Merlot. It’s just as strong as the original, but a wine float smooths out the formula’s sour edge.

The Essentials

rye whiskey
lemon juice
red wine
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Equally refreshing and strong, this sour sipper utilizes lime juice for tartness and grenadine for aromatic sweetness. If you’re looking for a cocktail to please a crowd, the Scofflaw is it.

The Essentials

Rye whiskey
Dry vermouth
Grenadine
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Created by Yardbird Southern Table & Bar to pair with a thick, juicy pork chop, this cocktail’s bold, tart taste will please any true Whiskey Sour lover. A spoon of Dijon mustard kicks the whole thing up a notch.

The Essentials

Bourbon
apple cider
Dijon Mustard
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Grenadine takes the place of simple syrup in this century-old take on the Whiskey Sour, while orange juice adds extra citrusy brightness to the mix. It’s a good way to ease first-time rye drinkers into the spicy spirit.

The Essentials

Rye Whiskey
Orange Juice
Grenadine
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This cross between a Whiskey Sour and Mint Julep is so refreshing, it’s difficult to have just one. To make it even more scrumptious, muddle in-season fruit with the lemon and mint for an extra-juicy treat.

The Essentials

Rye
lemon juice
mint
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Rum lovers rejoice—this perfectly balanced libation ticks all the boxes of a Whiskey Sour but stars the sugar cane spirit instead. Because it only requires three ingredients, the Daiquiri is easy to make and even easier to drink.

The Essentials

White Rum
Demerara Syrup
Lime Juice
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This bright, herbal take on the Whiskey Sour uses honey-sage syrup for sweetness and a dash of St-Germain for a floral touch. Plus, you can nibble on the crispy fried sage leaf garnish to extract even more herbal flavor.

The Essentials

Irish Whiskey
Honey-Sage Syrup
St-Germain

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