Best Whiskey Sour

Whiskey Sour

5 from 25 reviews

This delectable three ingredient Whiskey Sour is both easy and refreshing making it one of our go to cocktails for spring and summer.


  • 2 ounces bourbon whiskey
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup
  • ice
  • optional garnish – orange slice, lemon slice, maraschino cherry


  1. Add the whiskey, lemon juice, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake until the shaker is very cold.  Pour through a strainer into a glass filled with ice.
  3. If desired garnish with an orange slice, lemon slice, and cherry.


  • Always use good quality whiskey or bourbon.  My new favorite is Four Roses Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey.  It is a smooth easy sipping whiskey with a delightful true bourbon smell.
  • For best results chill the simple syrup before using.
  • Store simple syrup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
  • Use fresh squeezed lemon juice not that stuff in the plastic lemon.
  • For added flavor mix 1 tablespoon of maple syrup into the simple syrup or better yet make a maple simple syrup.
  • Whiskey sours are typically served in an old fashioned glass, rocks glass or lowball glass.

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