Whisky Sour Recipe

Whisky sour

  • serves 1
  • Easy

In a whisky sour, the lemon juice is (almost) as vital as the bourbon. A generous, foamy top is what you're aiming for with this cocktail recipe


Mix up a classic whisky sour, then check out our old fashioned, Manhattan, Godfather cocktail and more whisky cocktails.

What is a whisky sour?

The origins of the sour stretch back centuries to when sailors devised a way of preventing scurvy (a disease caused by a lack of vitamin C) on long voyages by mixing their spirit ration (usually rum or whisky) with lemon or lime juice.

The sour is a foundational drink for many modern cocktails – from margaritas to daiquiris – but remains a classic in its own right.

How to make a whisky sour

Here, whisky adds gentle warmth and egg white creaminess, just make sure you shake the drink vigorously in a cocktail shaker to get a properly foamy top. Try our tropical twist on a whisky sour here.

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Whisky sour recipe



  • soft light brown sugar 100g
  • bourbon 50ml
  • lemon juice 25ml
  • egg white 1


  • Step 1

    Put the sugar and 100ml water in a pan and heat gently, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Cool. This will make more than you need but will keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks.

  • Step 2

    Put the bourbon, lemon juice, egg white and 25ml of the brown sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously for 15-30 seconds. Strain into an old fashioned glass and serve.