10 Riffs on The Whiskey Sour

A simple mix of spirit, citrus and sweetener, the Whiskey Sour is one of the world’s most enduring cocktail formulas. The balance of dark woody flavors and bright citrus also makes the drink infinitely malleable. Here are a few riffs on the classic to try as the weather gets cooler.

The Aviary
Bourbon and mezcal make for a surprisingly harmonious combo.

Campbeltown Sour
Think of this cocktail as a cross between the Rusty Nail and the Whiskey Sour.

Sour Italia
Barolo Chinato deepens the flavors of the classic Whiskey Sour.

New York Sour
All the deliciousness of a Whiskey Sour with the added boost of a wine float.

Toronto Sour
The New York Sour gets a Canadian twist.

Cherry Bounce Sour
If you made a batch of Cherry Bounce during cherry season, now’s the time to use it.

Deep South
Sweet peaches infused with smoky mezcal add a twist to this Whiskey Sour.

Smashing Leaves
This riff features a citrusy burst of kumquat.

Gold Rush
An easy-going mix of bourbon, lemon and honey.

Ward Eight
A relative of the Whiskey Sour thought to have been invented at Boston’s Locke-Ober Café in 1898.


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