Old World Cocktails: Irish Whiskey Sour

So, what’s the secret to making an excellent Irish whiskey sour? Balance. Getting the balance of elements just right. This Irish whiskey sour recipe has all the right proportions of bright, sharp lemon juice; warming, turf-distilled whiskey; and sweet sugar syrup to deliver a refreshing whiskey cocktail that’s neither too cloyingly sweet nor too sharp.

Using freshly squeezed lemon juice is vital—the bottled juice or liquid that comes out of lemon-shaped squeezy bottles doesn’t do it. Serve on the rocks with an orange segment. You can also try a Maraschino cherry on a cocktail stick. Enjoy!


Makes One serving

60ml (2 ounces) Irish whiskey, we used Tullamore DEW

30ml (1 ounce) freshly squeezed lemon juice

30ml (1 ounce) simple sugar syrup


Orange segment
Maraschino cherry


Step one

Pour whiskey, lemon juice, and syrup into a cocktail shaker.

Step two

Fill shaker with ice, cover, and shake vigorously until outside of shaker is cold, about 25 seconds.

Step three

Strain cocktail through a strainer or a slotted spoon into an old-fashioned whiskey tumbler filled with ice. Garnish with orange segment or cherry.