This Whiskey Sour Cocktail Is the Ideal Way to Celebrate the Start of September


What’s a whiskey sour, you ask? It’s one of the most satisfying classic cocktails, built upon a perfectly balanced combination of three flavor elements: spirit, sour, and sweet. Your go-to spirit here is (obviously) whiskey—bourbon is the traditional pick—but you’re free to select the style that suits you. The sour component is fresh-squeezed lemon juice, and the sweet is simple syrup, or a 1:1 solution of granulated sugar that’s been dissolved in water. Finish with an orange twist and maraschino cherry. How simple is that?

Photo: Svetlana-Cherruty/Getty Images
Hands On Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins
1 cocktail


  • 2 ounces bourbon

  • ¾ ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice

  • ¾ ounce simple syrup

  • Orange twist, for garnish

  • Maraschino cherry, for garnish


  1. Combine bourbon, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker with ice before covering and shaking vigorously. Continue shaking for about 15 seconds.

  2. Strain cocktail into a rocks glass filled with ice. Stir, then garnish with the orange twist and maraschino cherry.

Related Articles