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. We’ve also got plenty more cocktail sours to try, including Tom collins, amaretto sour and pisco sour.

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.