If it's not made from scratch, it ain't a Whiskey Sour. For a cleaner, classier looking drink, strain the lemon juice to remove seeds and pulp.

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
total:
5 mins
Servings:
3
Yield:
3 servings
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Ingredients

3
Original recipe yields 3 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine the simple syrup, lemon juice and whiskey in a shaker. Fill with ice. Cover and shake for about 30 seconds, until the shaker is frosty. Strain into martini glasses and garnish with a maraschino cherry. This can also be served in tumblers full of ice.

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Nutrition Facts

145 calories; protein 0.1g; carbohydrates 8.1g; fat 0g; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 0.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
06/21/2007
pretty stiff drink. not for the faint of heart. Used Makers for whiskey. Needs to be sweetened for true drinkability so include the cherries and consider a larger ratio of lemon juice to whiskey. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/14/2008
Explosion of taste. I made it with Makers Mark and the lemon juice trumped the whiskey. If you like lemon juice you'll probably like this drink. Read More
(7)
48 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 30
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
06/20/2007
pretty stiff drink. not for the faint of heart. Used Makers for whiskey. Needs to be sweetened for true drinkability so include the cherries and consider a larger ratio of lemon juice to whiskey. Read More
(64)
Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2011
Dude that is a whiskey drinkers whiskey sour. For those hardcore whiskey drinkers who are thinking along the lines of "a real whiskey drinker wouldn't add the mix ice etc". Fair enough. I like mine neat also but let's be honest: the ice and lemon tang really does go well on a hot afternoon! I gave this recipe a go with my rye whiskey fave Forty Creek. The 5 oz did seem high for a recipe. It's more than double of any others I surfed up. But you know what? It's superb. I think you'd want to cut 'er down to two or three for those that don't like the booze to take center stage. I'm gonna hang with this one on hot summer days. Cheers. Read More
(55)
Rating: 5 stars
09/14/2007
I used some lime simple syrup I had leftover from another recipe. My husband who's a big whiskey drinker loved it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2009
Been drinking sours for betterthan30 years...Great receipe Read More
(23)
Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2008
Nice taste but very strong. Cut it with some Sprite and it was perfect! Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2010
A nice strong drink. One of the better sours I've had. I decided to use Bushmills given the volume of alcohol vs. the mixers. It's great tasting and very smooth. PS. Ix-nay on the Martini Glass-ay. Go for the tumbler w/ ice. Read More
(13)
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Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2010
Yeow! These are strong. Mama likes. Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
08/01/2011
Sprite? Makers? Bushmills? Get real! A PROPER whiskey sour should be made real American bourbon. Maker's Mark is not a real bourbon because it is made with corn/wheat instead of the corn/barley/rye of a proper bourbon mash bill. Thus it lacks the rye "bite" that makes bourbon worth drinking. I call it whiskey with training wheels for those who have not learned to drink real whiskey. Bushmills and Gentleman Jack are not bourbons at all. Yes a whiskey sour is a strong drink, and those who are not up to it should drink something else rather than dilute it with (yech!) Sprite. I use Wild Turkey 101 or Wild Turkey Rye, and find this recipe perfect. Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
06/24/2010
Great recipe! This is my favorite drink. I like to use Gentleman Jack and like mine strong. This recipe as is was a little strong for my guests so I added another ounce of juice and a 1/2 ounce more of simple syrup & they loved it. Read More
(9)
Rating: 3 stars
01/14/2008
Explosion of taste. I made it with Makers Mark and the lemon juice trumped the whiskey. If you like lemon juice you'll probably like this drink. Read More
(7)
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