Classic whiskey sour cocktail

Subtly sweet and sour, this classic whiskey sour recipe is a wonderfully light and refreshing drink that's perfect for summery evenings

By Jennene Plummer
  • 5 mins preparation
  • Serves 1
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Whiskey sour
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 2 tablespoon whiskey
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 teaspoon sugar syrup
  • 1 lemon slice, maraschino cherry to serve
Sugar syrup
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1 cup water


Whiskey sour
  • 1
    Place ice, whiskey, lemon juice and sugar syrup in a cocktail shaker, then shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled glass.
  • 2
    Garnish drink with a slice of lemon and a maraschino cherry. Serve immediately.
Sugar syrup
  • 3
    Combine ingredients in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring until sugar dissolves.
  • 4
    Bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Cool.
  • 5
    Store in the refrigerator for up to one month and use to make a Margarita, Whiskey Sour or Pomegranate Caipiroska. Makes 350ml.