Whiskey Sour in clear glass with 2 maraschino cherries and orange slice.
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How to Make a Whiskey Sour

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Okay, so I’m not into super strong drinks, but on a hot day sometimes that is what hits the spot. It is supposed to hit the triple-digits here later this week so I looked up how to make a whiskey sour for my husband.

If you like fruity, refreshing, strong drinks then this one is for you! Of course, if you prefer a milder flavor you can always lessen the alcohol or add more lemon juice. It was much more to my liking after my husband stirred it up a bit more and squeezed the orange slice into it.

What Ingredients Will I Need?

Maraschino sherries, bottle of whiskey, bag of sugar, a lemon, and an orange
Ingredients for a Whiskey Sour

Helpful Tips for How to Make a Whiskey Sour

  • If the flavor is too strong, add more lemon juice.
  • A travel coffee cup is a suitable alternative for a cocktail shaker because it can handle the rapid change in temperature like a cocktail shaker.
  • It is helpful to put ice in the shaker as well as into the glass you are pouring into.


  • Lemon juice can be used in place of a freshly squeezed lemon.
  • A fresh egg white can be added to the recipe to change it to a Boston Sour.
  • Use lime juice in place of lemon.
Whiskey sour in clear glass with cherries and an orange
Whiskey Sour

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Final Thoughts on How to Make a Whiskey Sour

This drink was delicious but a bit strong for my liking. My husband definitely enjoyed it but he agreed it was better after squeezing the orange garnish into it. I will make it again but add more lemon juice so it’s more tame for me.

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Whiskey Sour in clear glass with cherries and an orange slice

How to Make a Whiskey Sour

This fruity, refreshing drink is great for hot summer nights! If you don't know how to make a whiskey sour, then this recipe is for you!
5 from 12 votes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1


  • 1 Cocktail Shaker


  • Ounces rye or Scotch
  • ½ Lemon juiced
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • ½ Slice Orange
  • 2 Maraschino Cherries


  • Measure Scotch, Lemon, and Sugar and pour into cocktail shaker that is ¾ filled with ice.
  • Shake vigorously and strain into an old-fashioned (short) glass full of ice.
  • Add a half slice of orange and Maraschino cherries for decoration.
Keyword 1970’s Recipe, Alchoholic Drinks, How to Make a Whiskey Sour, Whiskey, Whiskey Sour

*Adapted from The American-International Encyclopedic Cookbook by Anne London, copyright 1972

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