My wicked good whiskey sour cocktail recipe is a fresh take on the classic cocktail, beloved by many for over a hundred years. This delicious whiskey drink has only three ingredients which makes it perfect to serve at your next dinner party.
This is a repost of my recipe from 2016 because the whiskey sour made the list of top 5 cocktails of 2017. But I’m not surprised because it’s a classic.
As the title says, this is a “wicked good”. Even Christopher – who is not a fan of whiskey – loves it.
Say what? Who is that man standing before me, masquerading as my husband? Pod person, anyone?
So, what makes this recipe so yummy and so much better than any other whiskey sour cocktail I’ve tasted? The sour mix. It is homemade and better than sour mix from the store because you can control the quantity and quality of the ingredients.
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m from Massachusetts so the title of this post is appropriate for me. I’ve said “wicked good” many, many times in my life. It cracks me up to hear characters in movies or television shows about people from Boston say “wicked.” They always sound funny and they don’t always use it correctly.
I just shake my head and say, “They got that wicked wrong.”
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- Use a premium whiskey. Whiskey is an acquired taste and you don’t want to turn off your guests with less than the best. I use Crown Royal because that is what my mom used but I have also used and recommend Jameson. There are many other premium brands to choose from
- Usually, I like a 2:1 ratio of sweet and sour but in this recipe, I recommend a ratio of 1:1 because whiskey is a potent spirit
- If you garnish with maraschino cherries, RINSE them before putting them in your cocktail to remove the syrup
- Try black maraschino cherries instead of red, but you will still need to rinse the syrup off them. I use and recommend Luxardo brand.
How to make the whiskey sour cocktail
Fill a cocktail shaker half way with ice. After you measure out each ingredient below, pour it into the shaker. Also spear cherries on a martini pick.
Gather the ingredients – whiskey, lemon juice and simple syrup. (A)
Measure 2 ounces whiskey. (B)
Measure 1 ounce simple syrup. (C)
Measure 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice. I use this contraption. (D)
Add fresh ice to the glasses. Cap shaker and shake for 20 seconds before pouring everything, including the ice cubes, into a double old fashioned glass.
Place prepared garnish on the side of the glass.
That’s it. Easy peasy and ready to imbibe.
And another photo, just because.
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I hope you enjoy this whiskey sour cocktail recipe and you make it at your next party.
And as always, may all your dishes be delish!
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Whiskey Sour Cocktail
- 2 ounces whiskey I used Crown Royal
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- 1 ounce lemon freshly squeezed
- 2 maraschino cherries for garnish
- Fill a shaker half way with ice
- Add whiskey, lemon juice and simple syrup
- Cap your shaker and shake for 30 seconds
- Pour contents of shaker in glass, including the ice
- Grab the maraschino cherries and either skewer them or plop it on top
- Lift glass
- Use a premium whiskey, I have a palate for most alcohols and where I like whiskey, I don’t love it. I used crown royal because that is what my mom used but I have since used Jameson and I’m sure there are better, but I have to build my taste
- Usually, I like a 2:1 ratio of sweet and sour but in this case, I like 1:1 – I’m sure you will agree
- Both of the maraschino cherries I used are sweet so, RINSE them before putting them in your cocktail – the bright red cherry is so different to the black ones – which do I prefer? The black ones, because you can taste the premium brand instead of the ‘sickly sweet’ red ones