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Whiskey Sour Thursday

As far as cocktails go, the Whiskey Sour is one of the simplest. Brought about more than a century ago,  it is merely the combination of whiskey, citrus juice of some kind (though 9 times out of 10 it will be lemon) and a sweetening agent, usually granulated sugar or simple syrup. Most of the time, it is the proportions of these ingredients that differentiate one recipe from another. Conservative examples call for a 1:2:3 ratio for the sweet, sour, and liquor elements, while some up the pucker factor to a whopping 6 to 1 sour to sweet.

Here’s a pretty standard recipe:

WHISKEY SOUR

Recipe and image courtesy of Four Roses Bourbon.

  • 2 oz Four Roses Yellow Label
  • 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon superfine sugar
  • Slice of lemon and a maraschino cherry

Shake and strain ingredients into an ice-filled sour glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge and cherry.