Dating back to the 16th century, the Whiskey Sour has been making rounds with drinkers looking for a sweet and sour combination.

From helping prevent scurvy to inspiring authors like Fitzgerald and Hemmingway, the Whiskey Sour is an easy to mix cocktail that’s a perfect example of minimalism.

The classic cocktail uses just three ingredients: whiskey, simple syrup, and lemon juice. With its simplicity, quality matters. If the sweet or sour is out of balance the whole drink will be a flop. In fact, the drink fell out of favor due to overly sweet and chemical mixers. That said, when made using a high end, or house made mix it’s easy to see why it’s still a classic.

Mix up a classic to celebrate this National Whiskey Sour Day (9/25)!

FRESH WHISKEY SOUR

FRESH WHISKEY SOUR

FRESH WHISKEY SOUR

Ingredients: 

  • 1 1/2 oz. Whiskey
  • 1 oz. Simple Syrup
  • 3/4 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

Preparation: Combine in a shaker with ice, shake well, strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with a slice of lemon, top with Maraschino cherry.


Virgil Kaine's Turmeric Whiskey Sour, cocktail

Virgil Kaine’s Turmeric Whiskey Sour

Turmeric Whiskey Sour

Courtesy of Virgil Kaine’s Lowcountry Whiskey

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Virgil Kaine Robber Baron Rye Whiskey
  • 2 oz. Turmeric Sour Mix*

Preparation: Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake for 30 seconds. Strain into your glass of choice on the rocks.

*Turmeric Sour Mix

Ingredients:

  • 1 Lime
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 inch Piece of Turmeric
  • 1/4 cup Pineapple
  • 5 splashes of Acid Phosphate
  • 3/4 oz. Arabic Gum Syrup

Preparation: Blend all ingredients until smooth and strain through mesh.


Baker's Sip & Sour

Baker’s Sip & Sour

Baker’s Sip & Sour

By New York Mixologist Pamela Wiznitzer

Ingredients:

  • 1 3⁄4 parts Baker’s Bourbon
  • 1⁄2 part Amaro Averna
  • 3⁄4 part Cola Syrup*
  • 6 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 3⁄4 part Fresh
  • Lemon Juice
  • 1 Egg White

Preparation: Combine Baker’s Bourbon, Amaro Averna, Cola Syrup, 3 dashes Angostura Bitters, fresh lemon juice and the egg white in a shaker without ice and shake vigorously. Once shaken, add ice and shake vigorously once more. Strain over fresh ice in a lowball glass and garnish with a lemon peel and three dashes of Angostura Bitters.

*Cola Syrup

Ingredients:

  • 1 can or bottle of Craft Cola

Preparation: Pour one can or bottle of craft cola into a pan and heat on low. Allow to simmer and reduce for 10 minutes until it attains a syrup consistency. Remove and allow to cool.