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Modern Whisky Sour Cocktail

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Modern Whisky Sour Cocktail

For all of you whisky drinkers out there, this one’s for you. For all of you non-whisky drinkers out there, this one may be for you too!! My Modern Whisky Sour Cocktail  is filled with citrusy flavors, is tart and not too sweet.

The original recipe for this drink called for bourbon (whisky), lemon juice and simple syrup. In my version, I have added Grand Marnier for sweetening and a splash of orange juice to smooth out all the flavors. I also serve it up like a martini rather than on ice because I love drinks served in beautiful glassware.

Since it is one of my husband’s favorite cocktails, we have experimented with different whisky brands in our quest for the perfect Whisky Sour. A favorite of ours is Elijah Craig Bourbon which is made in Kentucky and is very smooth, sweet and in addition, a good one for beginners  – although not the least expensive. There are several versions which range in years of aging etc. – I would go with the “small batch” version to start.

Makers Mark is another bourbon that is terrific in mixed cocktails along with Bulleit or High West Whisky.

When garnishing this cocktail, you have several choices. I picked up some dried blood orange slices at the farmers market so I used that and an Amarena Cherry (which are delicious by the way). Luxardo Cherries is another option or a slice of orange, blood orange or lemon  for the final touch.

A Whisky Sour is a great cocktail to serve before a cozy, warm autumn meal such as Chicken Meatballs with Balsamic Glaze or Barley, Roasted Kabocha Squash with Crispy Kale.

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Modern Whisky Sour Cocktail

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  • Author: Lisa @ My Studio Kitchen
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x


A cozy autumn cocktail.


  • 2 ounces whisky
  • 1/2 oz Grand Marnier
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 /2 ounce of fresh orange juice
  • Luxardo or Amarena cherry or orange slice for garnish


  1. Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake for 15-20 seconds then pour into a martini or coupe glass.
  3. You can also add a large cube to the glass as I did in the photo.
  4. Garnish with cherry, a slice of orange or both.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: mixology
  • Method: shake
  • Cuisine: cocktail


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