The whiskey sour is an old, old drink. It contains – as the name suggests – whiskey (or scotch/bourbon), lemon juice, simple syrup, and traditionally, some egg whites.
The earliest mention of the whiskey sour was in Waukesha Plain Dealer (a Wisconsin newspaper) way back in 1870. As for its origins, Universidad Nacional del Cuyo published a 1962 story saying that Elliott Stubb, an English steward of a ship named Sunshine, created the whiskey sour in 1872.
Whiskey sour variants
The drink can be made several ways:
- With egg white, the drink is sometimes called a Boston Sour.
- Put in some red wine and it’s called a New York Sour.
- With bourbon/rye whiskey, lemon and orange juices, and grenadine (instead of simple syrup) it’s called a Ward 8.
- Replace honey instead of simple syrup and it’s a Gold Rush.
Here’s how to make your own whiskey sour.