The whiskey sour is an ageless drink consisting of whiskey, a dose of sours, and sugar. It is said that this sour cocktail first came around in the 1700’s when sailors would experiment with citrus juices and whiskies. However, its first published mention was in Jerry Thomas’ 1862 book How to Mix Drinks.
The whiskey sour has been brought back to the forefront by popular television shows such as AMC’s Mad Men. It is clear the whiskey sour has withstood the test of time so it's only right it gets its own celebratory day – and it’s August 25th!
With its sugary and sour taste, the whiskey sour is always a crowd pleaser. Not only do people love the crisp taste to the cocktail, but it is extremely easy to make; a win, win! Kick back and celebrate this joyous holiday by mixing some bourbon, lemon juice, and sugar then serve it up so your patrons can knock it back. Happy National Whiskey Sour Day!
The Classic Whiskey Sour
2 oz whiskey
½ oz fresh lemon juice
½ oz tsp sugar
½ lemon slice
Put all ingredients in mixing glass and add ice cubes. Strain into highball glass. Add lemon slice and cherry to garnish.