The whiskey sour is a mixed drink containing whiskey (often bourbon) lemon juice, and simple syrup or sugar. The first printed record of the Whiskey Sour appears in 1862 in Jerry Thomas’ How to Mix Drinks, though the recipe likely dates back many years earlier. By 1870, this drink gained huge popularity that it was published in the Wisconsin newspaper, Waukesha Plain Dealer. By then, everyone knew of the Whiskey Sour as it became “a cardinal point in American drinking.”
- 2oz Whiskey
- 3/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
- 3/4 oz Simple Syrup
- Garnish: Lime Peel
Combine whiskey, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker, filled with ice. Cover and shake vigorously for about 20-30 seconds. Using a Hawthorne strainer or slotted spoon, pour the mix into an old-fashioned glass over ice. Garnish with lime peel.