Drink Recipe:: Whiskey Sour

by Negronis Greg

The Whiskey Sour is a classic cocktail that has been around for over a century. It's a simple and refreshing drink that combines the bold flavor of whiskey with the tangy taste of lemon and a hint of sweetness from sugar. In this article, I'll take you through the history, ingredients, recipe, and where you can find the best Whiskey Sour in town.

History: The origin of the Whiskey Sour is a bit of a mystery, but it's believed to have originated in the 1860s. Some say it was invented by the English Royal Navy to help sailors combat scurvy, while others credit the creation of the cocktail to American miners in California. Regardless of its origins, the Whiskey Sour became a popular drink in the United States during the Prohibition era and has remained a staple in the cocktail world ever since.


  • 2 oz whiskey (bourbon, rye, or blended)
  • 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • Ice
  • Garnish: lemon wedge and cherry (optional)


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add whiskey, fresh lemon juice, and simple syrup.
  3. Shake until chilled.
  4. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with a lemon wedge and a cherry (if desired).

Best Places to Find Whiskey Sour: While the Whiskey Sour is a classic cocktail that can be found on most bar menus, there are a few places that stand out for their exceptional take on the drink. One of the best-known Whiskey Sour makers is Jeffrey Morgenthaler, who runs the bar program at Clyde Common in Portland, Oregon. He has perfected the Whiskey Sour recipe and even wrote a book about it called "The Bar Book: Elements of Cocktail Technique." You can check out his recipe and tips for making the perfect Whiskey Sour on his website.

Another great place to try a Whiskey Sour is the NoMad Bar in New York City. Their version of the cocktail includes a frothy egg white foam on top, which adds a creamy texture and a subtle sweetness to the drink. If you're in the mood for a more unique take on the classic cocktail, head to Trick Dog in San Francisco, where they offer a rotating selection of Whiskey Sours with creative flavors like black sesame, raspberry, and ginger.

Pairing: The Whiskey Sour is a versatile cocktail that pairs well with a variety of foods. Its sweet and sour flavors complement spicy dishes, such as buffalo wings or chili, and the bold flavor of whiskey holds up well against rich foods like steak and roasted meats. However, the refreshing nature of the cocktail also makes it a great match for lighter fare, like salads and seafood dishes.

In conclusion, the Whiskey Sour is a classic cocktail with a rich history and a timeless appeal. It's easy to make at home and can be customized to suit your taste preferences. Whether you prefer a classic recipe or a more creative take on the drink, there are plenty of places to find a delicious Whiskey Sour. So, why not give it a try and see why this cocktail has been popular for over a century? Cheers!

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