Whiskey Sours

Here’s our take on Whiskey Sours, a truly classic cocktail. We recommend using Meyer lemon juice when making Whiskey Sours; it will enhance the flavor of the cocktail while making for a very smooth experience. Sour mash bourbon really shines in this cocktail; if unavailable, any good bourbon will do. If you’re not familiar with Whiskey Sours, or haven’t enjoyed them in a while, it’s time to get reacquainted with them. Whiskey Sours are easy to enjoy on their own with light, salty snacks, as a pre-dinner cocktail or, better yet, do both! Serve these retro cocktails with a 60s era snack of Cream Cheese Celery Sticks for a mid-century modern feel. Whiskey Sours were a favorite of Vito’s parents, his Dad would make the cocktails, while his Mom would whip up some snacks, like the aforementioned celery sticks, to enjoy with their cocktails.  Whiskey Sours were also a very popular drink at cocktail parties in the 1950s and 1960s.  While you can make them individually, on-demand, the simplicity of the cocktail enables you to prepare them in larger quantities too without diminishing their quality.

Whiskey Sours

Total Time: 5 minutes. Serves 2.

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  • 2 oz Lemon Juice (Meyer Lemons recommended)
  • 4 oz Sour Mash Bourbon
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar or 1 tsp Stevia*
  • 2 Maraschino Cherries
  • Crushed Ice


  1. Pour the lemon juice, sour mash bourbon and sugar or Stevia into a cocktail shaker and stir until the sugar or Stevia has dissolved.
  2. Add the crushed ice to the cocktail shaker.
  3. Shake well.
  4. Place a maraschino cherry at the bottom of each martini glass.
  5. Using a strainer, pour the shaken cocktail into the two martini glasses and enjoy your Whiskey Sours.

Whiskey Sours


  • While Stevia advises to use it like sugar on a 1 for 1 ratio, we find substituting 1-part Stevia for 2-parts sugar for cocktails works best.

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