The sour evolved from the practice of adding lime juice to rum rations to prevent scurvy among sailors in the British Navy in the 1700s. As fresh fruit was perishable, the juice would be doctored with rum, or gin or later sometimes whiskey in order to preserve the juice as well as to ensure the health of the sailors. It didn’t take long to figure out that citrus and spirits were enhanced by a bit of sugar making a rather palatable and delicious cocktail. At its most simple, the modern whiskey sour is simply whiskey, lemon or lime juice (or a combination of the two) and sugar. While there are a number of embellishments modern bartenders might add, the classic whiskey sour remains an iconic cocktail and one worth celebrating today. (Source)
Perfect Whiskey Sour Recipe
The whiskey sour is such an amazing cocktail; it’s a delicious and smooth drink that you can enjoy any time of the day. All you need are three ingredients, whiskey, sweet and sour mix or lemon juice, and ice.
You can use any whiskey; I prefer bourbon, of course.
- 2 Oz of Whiskey (Irish, Scotch, Canadian (Rye), or Bourbon)
- 2 Oz Sweet and sour mix, or 2 Oz of lemon juice & 1 tsp. sugar
- Lemon Wedge
Shake all ingredients with ice, and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a Maraschino cherry or lemon wedge.
Cocktail Hour: The Whiskey Sour
Via: Four Pounds Flour