Transform your New Whiskey Sour Drink Recipe Ideas

Curious about new whiskey sour drink recipe ideas? You’ve pulled up a seat just in time. The whiskey sour is a popular cocktail, obviously! And, that's why (whether you’re at a restaurant or at someone’s home bar) you’d often find a version of it somewhere on the menu. But, what you probably haven’t considered is how to get super creative with it. And, in fairness, that's precisely why we've assembled a few fancy ideas right here to get you started.

First, we welcome our cocktail enthusiasts: photographer Nikki G. Davidson (@cocktailcrafty) and David Mor (@davidmmor), Beverage Manager at Cindy’s in Chicago, Illinois (@cindysrooftop). Follow them now for more ideas and some inspiring Instagram photos. They post regularly, and you won’t be disappointed!

Whiskey Sour Drink Recipe Ideas you’ll want to try right now!

Whiskey Sour Drink Recipe Ideas - Sage Sour Cheers for this gorgeous Sage Sour! [Photo cred: @cocktailcrafty]

Nikki and David’s personal twists on the Whiskey Sour

Sage Whiskey Sour

 Nikki explains:

“My favorite whiskey sour recipe combines sage simple syrup with Irish Whiskey. I feel that Irish Whiskey doesn't get enough attention. I find that they're often easier to drink and are great for mixing in cocktails.”

Teach us your ways, Nikki!


●       2 oz. Bushmills Irish Whiskey

●       1 oz. Lemon juice

●       .75 oz. Sage simple syrup

●       Egg white (Optional)

Shake with ice. If using egg white, shake vigorously until frothy. Strain into a cocktail glass. (See photo above.)

We might add that a basil version sounds wonderful as well. And you may also want to experiment with your own favorite herbs!

 New York Whiskey Sour

 According to Nikki, "this is an adaptation, but we think you’ll approve." She goes on to share:

“I love making a New York Sour using a high-rye bourbon, like Four Roses Single Barrel. I love the spice flavors of the Four Roses paired with the currant flavor of a young Cabernet Sauvignon.”

We love bourbon here at Prestige, so we’re excited about this one!


●       2 oz. Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon

●       1 oz. Lemon juice

●       .75 oz. Simple syrup

●       .50 oz. Cabernet Sauvignon

Shake whiskey, juice, and syrup with ice. Strain into a rocks glass over ice. Top with red wine, pouring the wine over the back of a spoon.

Welcome to the Wild East! Whiskey Sour (Japan)

David says:

“A great way to approach a whiskey sour with a thoughtful usage of ingredients is to highlight core qualities of a specific terroir. For this recipe, I focus on Japan.”


●       2 oz. Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky

●       .75 oz. First-press yuzu juice

●       .25 oz. Cane syrup

●       .25 oz. Okinawa Kokuto syrup

Shake all ingredients with ice and double-strain into a rocks glass. Fill with cubes and garnish with a final expression of oils from a yuzu (or lemon) peel; discard the peel.

David further states:

“This recipe doesn't require egg whites because the flavors utilized really deserve to stand on their own. The use of yuzu brings a soft, velvety quality to the drink. The blend of sugars brings earthen and rich tones that need only be used in small amounts.”

You guys, this one absolutely must be tried! Put it on your to-do list right now.

Itching to try Bourbon in your Whiskey Sour?

Nikki already mentioned a high-rye Four Roses Single Barrel for her New York Sour, and David offers some more tips. He says:

“Not to be too typical, but a higher-proof bourbon in a whiskey sour really allows for complex flavors and botanicals to make face. Try using Russell's Reserve 10-year Bourbon, at 90-proof. It's rich and mellow, with tones of cacao, coffee bean dust, and kola nut. When shaken with citrus and cane sugar, the flavors marry so perfectly that the cohesiveness of the drink becomes very understated.”

If you’re really feeling the bourbon these days, swing over to our article 5 Bourbon Drink Recipes You Will Love & Crave.

Your Whiskey Sour isn’t done yet!

Yeah, something’s missing, because no whiskey sour is at its best without a snazzy glass.  If you don’t have the glassware to do these recipes justice, definitely take a look at our whiskey glasses before you go. While you’re at it, check out Prestige’s custom engraved barware. Take your home bar to the next level before you whip up these new whiskey sours for your friends and family!

Remember to give @cocktailcrafty and @davidmmor a follow if you haven’t already.

Have your own twist on a whiskey sour drink recipe you’d like to share? Add it in the comments below. We enjoy hearing from our Prestige community! Cheers!