August 25 National Whiskey Sour Day



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

The Whiskey Sour has withstood the test of time!

An 1870 Wisconsin newspaper has the world’s oldest historical mention of a whiskey sour.

After opening, a bottle of whiskey will remain good for five years.

A unopened bottle of whiskey can be kept for over 100 years and will still be good to drink.


Within our research, we were unable to find the creator or the origin of National Whiskey Sour Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.


An option to the traditional whiskey sour is the Boston sour which is made by adding a dash of egg white to the recipe. Another variant is the Ward 8. The Ward 8 is based with either Bourbon or rye whiskey with both lemon and orange juices added along with grenadine syrup for the sweetener.



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