Aug 25 is celebrated as National Whisky Sour Day

Whisky Sour Day celebrates the creation of this delicious drink, and the role it has played in bar culture all over the world. So popular is this drink that it has been the name of several books, multiple songs, and several articles totally unrelated to the drink itself. When did you last have a Whisky Sour? If not Whisky Sour Day is your chance to finally try one out and join the ranks of those who love this alcoholic repast.

”Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.”

~ Mark Twain

The History

The history of The Whisky Sour is a long sweet one and its origins can be argued. The origin of the Whisky Sour is not quite shrouded in mystery, But who doesn’t like a good debate over a great drink? in fact, the oldest known mention of the whisky sour was found in the Wisconsin publication the Waukesha Plain Dealer over 100 years ago. In the mid-1900’s a story was printed in the El Comercio de Lquique indicating that it was created by one Elliott Stubb.

How to celebrate Whisky Sour Day

Whisky Sour Day is best commemorated with its namesake drink, or maybe two. But like most drinks, there’s more than one way to make it. There are as many variations of this drink as there are bars to drink it in, and you should sample them all,


Traditionally garnished with half an orange and a maraschino cherry, a whisky sour is a mixed drink containing whiskey (often Bourbon), lemon juice and sugar. Whiskey sours are shaken then either served straight or over ice


An alternative to the traditional whisky sour is the Boston sour which is made by adding a dash of egg white to the recipe. Another variation is the Ward 8. The Ward 8 has a base of either Bourbon or rye whisky with both lemon and orange juices and grenadine syrup added for sweetness.


The first mention of a whisky sour was in an 1870 Wisconsin newspaper:

  • After opening, a bottle of whisky will remain good for five years.
  • An unopened bottle of whisky can be kept for over 100 years and will still be fit to drink.