How to properly celebrate National Whiskey Sour Day

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How to Prepare a Traditional Whiskey Sour

The Whiskey Sour doesn't really have an intriguing origin story like some of its counterparts, but it's still a favorite amongst cocktail connoisseurs. The first documented reference to the popular mix was in an 1870 Wisconsin newspaper.

Almost a century later, Universidad del Cuyo published a story crediting Elliott Stubb for creating the Whiskey Sour. The Peruvian newspaper that published the news solved one of the greatest mysteries in the spirits' industry!

Now that you've learned the story behind the sour, here's how to make a traditional whisky sour:

  • 2 ounces Whiskey
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp refined sugar
  • Orange slice
  • Brandy soaked cherry


Pack ice into a cocktail shaker, add ingredients, and shake. Strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with orange and cherry.

Here are the top bourbon whiskeys to build your perfect cocktail:

Do you have any modifiers for the traditional whiskey sour recipe that are guaranteed crowd pleasers? Share them in the comments below!

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