This honey lemon whiskey sour is the perfect mix of sweet and sour. It comes together in less than 10 minutes with 4 ingredients, and tastes like something you'd get at a restaurant bar but with a much lower price tag and in the comfort of your own home.
This honey lemon whiskey sour is a fun twist on a classic cocktail. We use honey in place of sugar, which adds some natural sweetness and great honey flavor and color. It's super light and it feels fancy but isn't hard to make. It's the perfect cocktail to serve to your friends or dinner guests.
This whiskey sour pairs perfectly with steak or salad--try it with our Italian salad.
- Whiskey: We prefer bourbon whiskey and use Bulleit Bourbon Frontier Whiskey. Use whatever kind of whiskey you prefer.
- Lemons: Fresh lemon juice is so much better than the bottled stuff, especially for this particular recipe.
- Honey: We love a good local honey. Use whatever you usually prefer.
- Orange: This is optional and for garnish.
- Maraschino cherries: This is optional and for garnish.
See recipe card for amounts.
Step 1: Add lemon juice and whiskey to a cocktail shaker.
Step 2: Add water to a small bowl and microwave it for 15 seconds. Then add the honey to the water and stir until it dissolves. Add the honey and water mixture to the cocktail shaker.
Step 3: Add ice to the cocktail shaker and shake for 5 seconds or until the shaker feels cool. Then put a strainer over the shaker and pour the honey whiskey sour equally between two glasses.
Step 4: Add an optional garnish. If you serve your whiskey sour in a coupe glass, we recommend a orange slice and a maraschino cherry on a cocktail skewer. If you serve it in a lowball glass, we recommend putting a quartered orange and maraschino cherry directly into the bottom of the glass.
Frequently asked questions
We like to serve this without ice in a coupe glass. The long stem ensures that you don't heat the glass up with your hand, so the drink stays cold and refreshing. If you don't have a coupe glass, you can serve it in a lowball glass with or without ice.
We recommend using bourbon. Our preferred bourbon is Bulleit Bourbon Frontier Whiskey, but you can also use Four Roses Bourbon, Elijah Craig Small Batch or Woodford Reserve. If you're looking for something slightly cheaper, Jim Beam and Jack Daniels are good options.
You can! Skip the step where you shake all the contents with ice and put the mixture into an air-tight container in your fridge for up to 2 days. When you're ready, pull it out of the fridge, shake the whiskey sour with ice, and serve it.