How To Make The Perfect Whisky Sour

Posted on August 25, 2021


On the 25th August each year, the people of the United States celebrate National Whisky Sour Day, and even though we don't mark this day here across the pond (although we most certainly should!), we thought we’d also join in on the celebrations using our Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky. 

A bittersweet cocktail classic that’s so simple to make, the Whisky Sour is undoubtedly one of the most popular styles of the Sour. The three core constituents are whisky, lemon juice and sugar, and a smooth, silky topping of egg white is a popular addition. 

Although the first record of the Whisky Sour can be found dating back to 1870 in a Wisconsin newspaper, the Waukesha Plain Dealerit’s generally believed that Sours were consumed on naval ships years before this as a way to combat scurvy! Lemons, limes and oranges rich in vitamin C were packed on board and mixed with whatever alcohol the sailors could get their hands on, whether it be gin, rum or whisky, not just to satisfy their insatiable thirst, but also to help prevent the onset of the fatal disease. The Whisky Sour went on to thrive during Prohibition and throughout the 20th century - being so delicious and looking so impressive, it’s no wonder!

To celebrate this timeless cocktail on National Whisky Sour Day, our Global Brand Ambassador and Head of Mixology, Oliver Morris, has given it his own twist using some local Cotswold honey. Speaking about this luscious cocktail, Ollie says, ‘this delicious mix offers a smooth silky hint of citrus sourness, complemented with the balance of honeyed sweetness, elevating the gorgeously rich and fruity taste of our Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky. My passion is complementing our amazing spirits with locally sourced produce; to know that the bees that made the honey are from the same terroir as the Cotswolds barley fills me full of delight.’

Why not have a go at making a Whisky Sour yourself at home! 


60ml Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky
12.5ml fresh lemon juice
15ml sugar syrup
5ml honey
15ml egg white or aquafaba for vegan alternative (optional)
2 x dashes Angostura bitters


Dissolve the honey in the whisky. Dry shake (without ice) all the ingredients, add ice to the shaker, shake and fine-strain into a chilled Old Fashioned glass. Add a couple of dashes of bitters and garnish with a lemon wheel and cherry. Enjoy!


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