Happy Hour Friday- The Whiskey Sour

Happy Friday everyone and welcome to our November installment of Happy Hour.  Remember that song “Everything old is new again?” Well, that applies to cocktails too! Classic cocktails are making their way back to the mainstream and becoming very popular.  Old Fashioned’s, Gin and Tonic’s, and Manhattan’s are just a few of the many retro cocktails being served in popular drinking establishments around the country.

Today, we thought it would be fun to make a Whiskey Sour as our classic cocktail. Interestingly, this particular retro cocktail took both May and June back to fond childhood summers.  For May, the Whiskey Sour goes back to summers at her grandmother’s house. On hot steamy days, you could always find a cold pitcher of whiskey sours in the “icebox”. They would be served (to the adults) on the patio and May and her brother enjoyed eating the orange and maraschino cherries adorning the glass (and maybe a sip or a watered down drink).  June has never actually had an experience with a Whiskey Sour before our Happy Hour, but her grandpa used to have one whiskey and water on the rocks before dinner when her family visited in Southern Missouri.  And as soon as June smelled her drink, the aroma brought back all of those fun childhood memories of sultry, humid Missouri Fourth of July visits, making homemade ice cream with an old-fashioned ice cream maker full of rock salt and turned by hand.



Fresh Whiskey Sours

(makes 4 drinks)

  • 3/4 cup of whiskey
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup
  • slices of orange
  • maraschino cherries

Combine whiskey, lemon juice, lime juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker half full with ice.  Shake for 30 seconds and pour into four glasses.  Garnish with slice of orange, maraschino cherry and ice (if desired).


For our nibble we kept it simple with cranberry pumpkin crisps from Trader Joes and machengo cheese and brie cheese.


Have a good weekend! –May and June

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