Whiskey Sour Cocktail Recipe

The origin of the classic whiskey sour is not exact, however, the first reference to the whiskey sour cocktail drink can be traced back to the 1862 Bartenders Guide by Jerry Thomas, a bartender from New York, credited with being the first bartender in the United States to popularize cocktails.

In actual fact, it's more likely that the whiskey sour was originally consumed by sailor's travelling to the United States in the early 1800's (perhaps one of the sailors shared a few secrets from the sea with our friend Jerry who took it upon himself to turn it into one of his famous cocktails?)
Scurvy, a disease that develops from a lack of vitamin C, was rampant among sailors. The disease caused severe fatigue and muscle soreness, ultimately leading to death if not treated.

Fresh water was also unavailable. The drink of choice for sailors from across the Atlantic was not rum (as pirate stories would have you believe), but whiskey.

These clever sailors soon realised that they didn't need to eat 10 oranges or lemons a day to keep scurvy at bay - they could simply add it to their whiskey and kill two birds with one stone; add a tasty sour citrus flavor to their tipple, and get their daily dose of vitamin C in one hit!

And that folks, we have (what we believe) is the original Whisky Sour.



  • 2 parts Maker's Mark Bourbon
  • 1 part Master's Of Mixes Lemon Juice
  • ½ part Stirrings Simple Syrup
  • California Crisps Orange Slices & Luxado Cherries for Garnish


  1. Add ice to shaker.
  2. Add all drink ingredients to shaker and shake well for 20-30 seconds to chill the liquid and aerate the egg whites.
  3. Add fresh ice to glass and strain mixture over the top.
  4. Garnish drink with lemon or orange slice and cherry.
  5. Serve and Enjoy!

* for this cocktail we make one per person, using a cocktail measurement jigger, if you would like to make a batch just make sure it's 2 parts / 1 parts / 1/2 part.

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