Simple Whiskey Sours

What I love most about this whiskey sour recipe is how simple it is. There are a number of ways and variations on a whiskey sour, but this is a simple version with sour mix and no egg white.

What is in a whiskey sour?

The recipe below is three ingredients (plus garnish): whiskey, sour mix, and a splash of club soda. If you don’t have sour mix and can’t be bothered to make it you can substitute it (see recipe notes).

This classic cocktail remind me of one of my favorite cocktail of all time: a sidecar. It’s simple to make, on the boozy side, but still really refreshing with a big hit of citrus.

If you want a whiskey sour with egg white (for that foamy top) try this peach and basil whiskey sour recipe.

Simple Whiskey Sours, makes 1

2 ounces whiskey
2 ounces sour mix
big splash of club soda

Combine the whiskey and sour mix in a small glass with ice. Give it a stir. Top off the drink with a big splash of club soda. If you want to garnish the drink, try a lemon wedge, rind, or a cherry.

You can adjust the sweetness level by adding a little more or less of sour mix. Cheers! Emma

P.S. Love whiskey? Try my Classic Hot Toddy recipe.

Simple Whiskey Sours

whiskey sour recipe made with sour mix and no egg whites
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword cocktails, whiskey, whiskeysour
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 1
Author Emma Chapman


  • 2 ounces whiskey
  • 2 ounces sour mix
  • club soda


  • Combine the whiskey and sour mix in a small glass with ice.
  • Give it a stir.
  • Top off the drink with a big splash of club soda.
  • If you want to garnish the drink, try a lemon wedge, rind, or a cherry.


If you don’t have sour mix and don’t want to take the time to make it, here is an alternative: Combine 2 ounces whiskey, 2 ounces lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon powdered sugar in a cocktail mixer with ice. Shake well to dissolve the sugar. Strain and serve over ice. 
  • Perfect! Since we have plenty of Lime fruit in our backyard, I can definitely try this out! Thanks! :))

  • I’m not much of a Whisky drinker, but somehow these photos make me want to change my ways… 🙂

  • Just loveeee your blog!!!


  • Thanks for this! This is so happening later on!


  • Powdered sugar! Brilliant! Why haven’t i heard of that before? What a great way to get around the dissolving-sugar-in-cold-liquids problem. Thanks.

  • I want one now! My fiance loves whiskey so I think this will be a hit with both of us. Thanks for the recipe! Lovely photos.

  • Going to make a trip to the grocery store for some lemon and lime tomorrow!! Looks yummie!

  • I went to check our liquor cabinet for whiskey after this post, thanks for the inspiration!


  • I’ve definitely tried a lot of drinks. Not a proud moment here, but I’ve never had a whisky sour. We’ve got some Maker’s sitting on the shelf, I’ll have to give it a try! Love all of your food/drink posts!

    xo Eden

  • These look good. I tried the pumpkin creme brulees for Halloween and actually loved ’em. Please follow me on bloglovin’ or GFC. I am already your faithful follower =)

  • Wow. I really would like to taste it. Really prefect inspiration like always. Have a nice day.

  • Yay! I’m SO glad you posted this. This is my fav drink!

  • My absolutely favorite drink of all times!! I normally buy the simple syrup but will definitely try this way! Thanks

  • Oh, I LOVE Whiskey Sour and now I know how to make it 🙂

    Thanks you so much!

  • i discovered the pisco sour living in Peru a bit. They use pisco instead of whiskey but they also add white egg in the recipe. sounds strange but soooooo gooooddd! you should give it a try!

  • Oooh, I do love me some whiskey sours! I also like adding a bit of amaretto. YUM! I can’t wait to be able to drink again….(baby’s due in early March!)

    Maria xx

  • I love whiskey sours! They are definitely one of my favourites, but I’ve never tried to make them at home before, but I’m definitely going to start!

  • Whiskey sours are my FAVORITE drink. I’ve never made my own sour, though, I’ve always just purchased the pre-made, this is a MUST DO!

  • Just started drinking whisky cocktails, love this! xo

  • i love whiskey sours. never tried to make one at home. you may have inspired me once again.

  • You have the most AMAZING drink recipes! Makes me want to drink!

    -Daisy Nguyen from the PS BANANAS! fashion blog:

  • sometimes you just need a quick whiskey cocktail 🙂 happy to see we’re not the only ones that feel that way and thanks for sharing such an easy recipe!

  • Mmmhmm… nice!


  • Oh yum! I could use one of these right now! Thanks for sharing.

  • Makers? You are women after my own heart! Haven’t had a good sour in a while though… may need to add this in to the rotation!

  • Does the lemon/powdered sugar mix taste like sweet and sour?! That’s so awesome!

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