Friday, June 26, 2009

Weekend Cocktails - Whiskey Sour

I've always loved a whiskey sour - the combination of the sweet simple syrup with the tartness of the lemon juice is just so darned tasty - and just one does me fine.

Now, seeing as I'm not much of a drinker, most of the liquor I have is well, pretty old. I have cathedral ceilings in my family room that extends into the kitchen, so way up on top of the kitchen cabinets in the top of the ceiling is where whatever liquor we have lives. Most of that stuff has been up there since the early 2000s; some even longer. But the whiskey I used in this is found whiskey, so yep ... there's a story here!

Now I don't mean I picked up some bottle off the side of the road somewhere ... but, I guess I need to first backtrack a bit.

Several years ago, my son came home from college with all his "stuff," as college kids do. Well, he's since left, married, had a child and has another on the way, but there were still some things in my spare bedroom that he had left behind. I long ago noticed a bag full of papers - nothing that appeared important, mostly junk mail really, but being one who does not toss any papers without shredding them first - especially pre-approved credit applications, which ironically much of this was - nothing I'd want to just toss either.

Well that bag kept getting pushed back into the corner until not long ago, I got tired of moving that big bag around and decided to just go ahead and get it out of the way. Well lo and behold as I began to work myself through the bag and shred, I noticed that some of the papers were slightly wet and digging further, discovered one slightly leaking, but near full bottle of Jim Beam whiskey.

And another one, never opened. Oh the days of college and frat houses.

So I sat them aside and figured I'd give the bottles to him next time I saw him, but then I thought... maybe I'll just keep 'em! And so, I stuck them up there with the other "aged" liquor.

You'll need some whiskey, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, a cocktail shaker or like me, a fancy shaker Mason jar, some ice for the shaker jar, and a cocktail glass with more ice. Oh, and some cherries are kinda nice, but totally optional.

Add the simple syrup, lemon juice and bourbon to the shaker jar.

Shake well and strain over a cocktail glass filled with fresh ice.

Top with a cherry. Enjoy! Don't drink and drive.


Whiskey Sour
From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish

1 ounce of simple syrup
1 ounce of fresh lemon juice
2 ounces of bourbon whiskey
Handful of ice cubes, plus extra for the glass
Maraschino cherries, for garnish
Orange slices, for garnish

Place the ice in a shaker, or like me, one of those fancy Mason jars. Add the simple syrup, lemon juice and bourbon. Shake well and strain over a cocktail glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with an orange slice and cherry and enjoy!


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  1. You are too funny :-). I love this story. You made me really smile.

  2. Great story! I remember the day of college and frat houses too.

    My grandma likes the occasional whisky sour so I've had a sip of hers. I'm pretty sure it's the only way I could drink whisky. I've just never been a fan.

    Your cocktail looks absolutely delicious, though.

  3. Hi Mary, you were above me in SITS blog roll and I wanted to stop and say hi, I've been by here before......lovely blog, and as a woman who is nearing her 50th, ahem new 30, I appreciate it so!
    My parents used to drink a whiskey sour, it's funny how it seems like an old fashioned drink to me, on oldie but a goodie! I had to laugh, all our liquor is aging too!
    Have a wonderful day.

  4. Wisky sours use to be my favorite drink when I turned of age. Not I have switched to rum.

    Aye I turned pirate!

  5. Great story and great recipe! This is my first time visiting your blog and I don't think it will be my last. have a lovely day.

  6. Cute story :) I love Whiskey Sours Mary!! I don't think I've ever had one not made w/ sour sounds so good!! Even better, actually. Yet another recipe bookmarked in a matter of minutes!! Wish I had some bourbon....

  7. It is an old fashioned drink, but I guess I'm an old fashioned kinda gal. Not always a bad thing in this day and age!! Since I only have one or two cocktails occasionally, I like making them fresh rather than using mixes. They just taste better to me.

    Welcome back Anita!

    Oh Monica that's so funny this was your favorite! I don't know what my favorite was back then. I'm sure that there were several, but sloe gin fizz comes to mind. I know we drank those! The legal drinking age back there was actually 18, so it's been awhile LOL!

    Hicksgirl, welcome and hope to see you again!


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