Whiskey • Sour
Whiskey Sour

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Think of the Whiskey Sour as a citrusy version of the Old Fashioned. Fresh lemon juice makes it the perfect complement to sunny, Southern-fried days and the kind of humidity they invented cornstarch for. Many bartenders add egg whites, but the earliest printed recipe (in Jerry Thomas’ 1862 tome The Bartenders Guide) doesn’t call for them. We’re with Jerry on this one.

The Essentials

Simple Syrup
Lemon Juice
The Details


2 oz Whiskey
.75 oz Lemon Juice
Orange Slice


  • Add all ingredients to a shaker tin, then add ice.
  • Shake well and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice (the bigger the cubes, the better).
  • Garnish the drink with a flag (an orange slice skewered with a brandied cherry).

Mix it Up

For a frothy variation, add 0.75 oz (approx. 1 egg's worth) of separated egg whites. To give the drink more depth, add 2 hefty dashes of your favorite cocktail bitters. Also, different whiskeys can change the complexion of a Whiskey Sour completely, so feel free to experiment!

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