The older the cocktail, the more elaborate and fanciful the history. In most circumstances, it’s a good rule of thumb to go by. If you’ve read our 20 incredible Classic Cocktail Recipes to Try at Home post, then you know that oftentimes the stories behind the drinks are far wilder than the drinking itself.
But… that all kind of breaks down with the Whiskey Sour. Despite being nearly 150 years old, the Whiskey Sour doesn’t have all that wild or fabulous a history. Nevertheless, the drink is far from boring. With the right amount of sour and the unique sweetness of bourbon and our agave simple syrup, this drink is a winner every time. It’s one of our favorite go-to cocktail recipes when we want something simple and no-frills.
Even if the Whiskey Sour is lacking in good historical yarns, it still has a history. Here are the two things we do know about this drink’s origins:
- The drink was first mentioned in 1870 in the Waukesha Plaindealer, a Wisconsin newspaper.
- A Peruvian newspaper, El Comercio de Iquique, claimed that Elliot Stubb created the whiskey sour back in 1872. Stubb was an English steward on a ship named Sunshine. Supposedly, he created the “whiskey” sour using Pisco, a grape brandy, in the port city of Iquique, Chile.
Ready to see our take on this cocktail? Check out the recipe below.
Amoretti Whiskey Sour Cocktail Recipe
- 2 oz bourbon
- 1.5 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- 0.5 oz Amoretti Organolicious Premium Blue Agave Nectar
- 1 maraschino cherry (garnish)
- Dash of egg white (optional)
Add bourbon, lemon juice, and our agave simple syrup for mixed drinks to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry. (If you choose to use the dash of egg white in your whiskey sour, then you should add it to the cocktail shaker with the other ingredients but no ice. This is called a “dry shake.” After the dry shake, add ice, and shake again.)
While you can use a sugar-based simple syrup, we prefer our agave simple syrup for mixed drinks, as it’s a healthier and – in our opinion – tastier option. Amoretti Organolicious Premium Blue Agave Nectar is made from USDA-certified organic blue agave nectar. Pick up a bottle today and try it out for yourself! We guarantee you won’t be disappointed.