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Bourbon Sour Cocktail

This bourbon sour cocktail recipe is delicious and refreshing. The natural sweetness of the bourbon along with a dash of simple syrup, balances out the tartness of the lemon.
Course Cocktails
Cuisine Cocktails
Keyword bourbon sour, bourbon sour cocktail
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 cocktails
Calories 271kcal


  • 4 ounces bourbon
  • 2 ounce Cointreau
  • 2 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup (try it with 1 ounce and if it is too sour for you, add more in .50 increments)
  • 4 lemon rind twists (use a pairing knife to cut them - see notes)
  • 2 maraschino cherries (wash the syrup off the cherries as it will add sweetness)


  • Fill cocktail shaker ½ way with ice.
  • Add bourbon, Cointreau, lemon juice and simple syrup
  • Cap shaker and shake for 10 to 15 seconds
  • Add fresh ice to the glasses, strain and divide the liquid between the two glasses. Add the ice from the shaker.
  • Place 2 lemon twists and 1 cherry to each glass
  • Sip
  • Smile
  • Enjoy


Helpful tips
  • I'm a big fan of sour cocktails (I don't like overly sweet ones), so I mix with less simple syrup than the average person. I feel that our palates have been altered by the amount of sugars added to just about everything. But, you can restore your palate by lessening the sugars you add at home and cultivating your taste for sour flavors.
  • I urge you to try the recipe first as it's written, because while you can add more sweetener, you can't take it away.
  • My recommended sweet-to-sour ratio is 1:2 (so, twice as much sour mix or citrus juice as simple syrup).
  • You can buy simple syrup in the grocery store or the liquor store but it is so easy to make that you can save money by making your own.
  • Here's how: in a medium saucepan, add equal parts sugar and water (my measurements are usually 1 cup to 1 cup). Heat the pan on medium and stand there stirring as it heats up. Once the sugar has dissolved, lower to the simmer setting and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Cool completely before using it in a cocktail.
  • Since you are going to cut lemon twists and juice lemon, you need to wash it/them well before doing so. It's especially important to wash before making twists because you are going to place the twists in the cocktails and you don't want to be drinking pesticides.
  • What I do to wash citrus: I squirt unscented, natural, foaming soap in my hand and rub the fruit with my hands. I then take a vegetable brush and brush the skin. Lastly, I rinse the fruit under cold water until all the soap has been removed.
  • I like making big lemon twists. I use a paring knife to cut them. Make two twists per cocktail.


Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 271kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 49mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg