They have a day for everything in the States and today is National Whiskey Sour Day in America, a wonderful excuse to revisit this classic cocktail and some of its better incarnations.
A classic cocktail that's never been fashionable, and so has never become unfashionable either, the Whiskey Sour is a truly great all-year drink, with body enough for winter, and sourness to make refreshing in summer.
Here is a countdown of the best Whiskey Sours:
The rich flavour of Tennessee whiskey is soured with lemon and sweetened with cherry liqueur. Created by Dale DeGroff when he was Beverage Manager at the Rainbow Room Promenade Bar, New York City.
Cherry Mash Sour recipe
An orange influenced, sweet and sour whiskey cocktail with bourbon, triple sec, lemon juice and egg white.
Fruit Sour recipe
Created by Dre Masso at Lonsdale 2006, Notting Hill. It's an Irish whiskey sour sweetened with runny honey and herbal Bénédictine with Peychaud's bitters adding aromatics.
Lavender Honey Sour recipe
A bourbon rich sour with monastic herbal notes with bourbon whiskey, Bénédictine D.O.M., lemon juice, sugar syrup and egg white.
Frisco Sour recipe
A wonderfully accommodating whiskey sour - it's easy to make and a pleasure to drink. Created in 2005 at Match Bar, London with bourbon, Dubonnet red, sugar syrup, lemon juice and egg white.
Paris Sour recipe
A short and fruity sour twist by Wayne Collins for Maxxium UK, with: apricot jam, bourbon, apricot brandy liqueur, apple juice, lemon juice.
Apricot Sour recipe
The thinking man's Piña Colada; created in 2000 by Dale DeGroff at Blackbird Bar, New York, with bourbon, lemon juice, pineapple juice, sugar syrup.
Hawaiian Stone Sour recipe
A Whiskey Sour made 'continental' by the addition of a splash of port; discovered in May 2010 at Stagger Lee, Berlin. With Bourbon whiskey, tawny port, lemon juice, sugar syrup, Angostura Aromatic Bitters and egg white.
Continental Sour recipe
Pastis adds a pleasing hint of anise and liquorice to the classic Whisky Sour. This drink was inspired by Tony Conigliaro's Liquorice Whisky Sour (below).
French Whiskey Sour
This twist was created in 2006 by Tony Conigliaro and the additional of liquorice dramatically changes the classic Sour, working harmoniously with the Scotch. We've tried with bourbon and the result is not nearly so pleasing.
Liquorice Whiskey Sour recipe
A classic pimped with marmalade and wheat beer, naturally complementing the wheaty bourbon and adding a sweeter citrus note. Adapted from a recipe created in 2010 by Kevin Diedrich at the Burritt Room, San Francisco.
Weissen Sour recipe
This blended scotch whisky based sour is sadly often overlooked in favour of the bourbon based Whiskey Sour.
Scotch Sour recipe
This recipe follows the classic sour proportions (3:4:8); three quarter parts sour (lemon juice), one part sweet (sugar syrup), and two parts strong (whiskey).
Classic Whiskey Sour recipe
We'd like to say we left the best till last, but we've just left our own version till last. We'll leave you decide which sour is most to your taste. Ours is a classic Whiskey Sour with more lemon juice and half the sugar, for those, like us, with a slightly sour palate, thus making it a 4:2:8 sour formula.
Difford's Whiskey Sour recipe