Whisky Sour-Cocktail

Posted by Derek Hughes on 19th May 2019.

Whisky Sour-Cocktail

Whisky Sour-Cocktail

As it is #nationalwhiskyday (yesterday) we thought we would show you how to make the above cocktail. The origin of this cocktail is a mixture of lime or lemon juice, sugar and whisky, with the option of an egg white. With the egg white, it is sometimes called a Boston Sour. With a few bar spoons of red wine on top of the drink, it is called a New York Sour. Hence why it has a sour taste.

The oldest mention of this drink was published in the Wisconsin newspaper, called Plainsdealer, in 1870. In 1962, a Peruvian newspaper published a story, indicating that a man called Elliott Stubb (a former ship steward) invented the drink in 1872 in a bar in Iquique (then part of Peru). Another train of thought is the Whisky Sour was drunk by British sailors in the 1860’s as on long sea journeys, water was not always available, so to compensate for this, they used spirits instead. To help with scurvy on these long journeys limes and lemons were consumed to help prevent the disease. That’s why British folk were called ‘Limeys’. Finally sugar and water were added for taste. So at this point, the drink is starting to sound familiar.

This is a short and enjoyable cocktail too! It is also very easy to make!!

Lets “Mix it Up” Derek and the Team!

How to make the above cocktail, you will need the following ingredients/equipment:


  • Bourbon Whisky
  • Cane Sugar Water
  • ½ a Lemon
  • Ice Cubes
  • Slice of Lime (garnish)


  • Sieve
  • Whiskey Glass (or something similar from your cupboard)
  • Cocktail Pourers
  • Bar Spoon (or a cocktail stirrer)


  • To make this cocktail, you will need to pour in the double measure (50ml) of a Bourbon Whisky (of your choice) into the whisky glass, having put a couple of ice cubes into the glass first.
  • Then pour in a single measure (25ml) of the cane sugar water and ½ a lemon (squeezed) into the drink too.
  • Using a bar spoon or cocktail stirrer mix the drink thoroughly by stirring for a minute or two.
  • Garnish with a slice of lime (if you would like to). Relax, put your feet up and enjoy the drink!