Old Fashioned Whiskey Sours

Many moons ago, when I was a fresh new Culinary School Dropout, there was a bit of a Whiskey Sour drunken nightmare incident, let’s just say, and I have been a bit hesitant about going back to them since then.

You see, before Dr. Sissy was Dr. Sissy, she was Drink-ya-under-the table-Sorority-girl Sissy, and it was (of course) during this time period that we celebrated our 21st birthday as any good native twin sisters would do:  by doing shots and drinking Whiskey Sours at pretty much every bar up and down the Pearl Street Mall, (and a few on the way there as well.) The aftermath was, um, less than pretty.

Needless to say – the sicky-sweet smell of a Whiskey Sour has been enough to activate my gag reflex since that night 12 years ago (DEAR GOD -12 years – I need to take a breath on that one.  Innnn, Ouuut.   Better.)

However – a true Whiskey Sour is not-at-all like the sweet and sour mix laden drinks we pounded before standing on the bar to kiss the buffalo (don’t ask) during our wild and crazy birthday assault.  A classic Whiskey Sour is, as indicated by the name, more sour than sweet.  Let’s make one, shall we?

What you need:

2 oz Whiskey (use the American stuff for this one, kids)

1 oz Lemon Juice

1/2-3/4 oz simple syrup (or 1/2 teaspoon powdered sugar)


What you Do:

In a shaker filled with ice, combine the Whiskey, Lemon Juice (you should probably use fresh-squeezed, but I went the super-klassy plastic squeezie route,) and simple syrup (or powdered sugar if you are too lazy to make simple syrup,) afix the shaker top tightly and shake-ah shake-ah until your hands are freezing.

Pour the mixture into a glass and garnish with cherry(s)

A few thoughts:

I like mine with ice, which is why I went with a rocks glass.  The size of this drink would be perfect for a martini glass, though, and probably look nicer.

Also, in the interest of my buzz scientific research, I went for round two of this recipe, and substituted the simple syrup with a splash of the maraschino cherry juice.  It was really good.

So ditch the sweet and sour mix and try a REAL Whiskey Sour next time around.  I might even raise one with Dr. Sissy when she is in town this weekend, just for old time’s sake.

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