Celebrating a Classic: The Whiskey Sour

Currently enjoying a revival, The Whiskey Sour, has a long history in the world of cocktails.  It officially made its first appearance in Jerry Thomas’ cocktail book, The Bon Vivant’s Companion or How to Mix Drinks. Personally, it was my gateway in to the wonderful world of Whiskey years ago. 

With its tart citrus flavor and a touch of sweetness, the Whiskey sour is the perfect way for a bartender to get an unfamiliar but curious patron excited about Whiskey.  So why not start promoting this classic cocktail today, since it is of course National Whiskey Sour Day.

Here’s a recipe to get you started:

Strawberry Cinnamon Whiskey Sour
Courtesy of Brad Horner, Corporate Mixologist for MarkeTeam Inc.

1½ oz. Maker’s Mark
½ oz. fresh lemon juice
½ oz. fresh lime juice
1 oz. simple syrup
1 oz. Island Oasis Strawberry Puree
Strawberry, for garnish
Cinnamon stick, for garnish

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass. Shake with ice and strain into a Collins glass over ice. Garnish with a strawberry and cinnamon stick.

Or you can opt for the classic version:

Classic Whiskey Sour

1/2 oz whiskey
1 1/2 oz lemon juice
3/4 oz sugar syrup
maraschino cherry for garnish

Pour whiskey, lemon juice, and sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain into a chilled sour glass. Garnish with the cherry.


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