Whiskey Sour

August 25 is National Whiskey Sour Day.  A whiskey sour is a classic cocktail made with a blend of lemon juice, bourbon and simple syrup. People around the country will celebrate this offbeat holiday by indulging in this old school drink. This sweet and sour concoction made its first recorded appearance in 1862 in Jerry Thomas’ Bartender’s Guide.

When I was younger I thought whiskey sours were for old people so I was not interested in them. However, I discovered that they’re for middle aged people too. I had my first one while doing “research” for National Whiskey Sour Day and its a great cocktail. A whiskey sour is basically spiked lemonade which is why it continues to be a popular drink to this day.

Whiskey Sour
Makes 1 cocktail

4 ounces bourbon
2 ounce fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoon simple syrup
Orange wedge, for garnish

Pour the bourbon, lemon juice, and sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain into a chilled sour glass. Garnish with an orange wedge.


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