Whiskey Sour

The Whiskey Sour is a classic cocktail. It was created in the 1860s by O. H. Byron at the Manhattan Club in New York City, NY. It became popular after the repeal of Prohibition, and was added to bartender guides by 1930. It is made with two ingredients: whiskey and lemon juice. Other ingredients can be added to tailor it to one's taste preferences or for personal preference, but the original recipe only has whiskey and lemon juice.

Spirit Used


2 ounces bourbon whiskey
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
¾ ounce pure maple syrup (or simple syrup)
Garnish: Orange peel and a cocktail cherry
Ice, for serving


1. Add the bourbon whiskey, lemon juice, and syrup to a cocktail shaker.
2. Fill with a handful of ice and shake until very cold.
3. Strain the drink into a lowball or Old Fashioned glass.
4. Serve with ice, an orange peel and a cocktail cherry.

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