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Naturally Sweetened Whiskey Sour

Whiskey Sour Splash

If you follow our blog, you know that we love to update classic recipes using naturally healthy ingredients. While we may not be able to label a favorite cocktail as a new health food, we can certainly make it more natural!

The whiskey sour was introduced to our family by my step-father, Joe. If I remember correctly, the introduction may have included a favorite Indianapolis restaurant, a picture of Marilyn Monroe, and a few choice words… but that’s another story. Over the years, the drink has become the standard beverage for family get-togethers, and on a few sad occasions we’ve been short on sour mix when it was needed most!

So today, for Joe’s 50th birthday, I’ve worked out a tasty all-natural alternative to store-bought sour mix using honey and fresh lemon juice (something we always have on hand!). Maybe in time for his 60th I’ll have mastered the all-natural maraschino cherry…

Happy Birthday Joe!

Naturally Sweetened Whiskey Sour
 
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Makes: 2 medium drinks
What You Need
  • 3 tablespoons whiskey (we’re cooks, not bartenders, so we’re using standard measurements here…)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons water (more or less to taste)
  • Ice
What To Do
  1. Juice the lemon. Mix the whiskey, lemon juice, honey, and water.
  2. Stir or shake until honey is dissolved. Serve over lots of ice. Adjust whiskey to taste.

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Comments 33

  1. Kathryn

    Wow, that first shot is stunning! Really stopped me in my tracks (and made me crave a whiskey sour…)

    Love the natural ingredients in this.

    1. Alex

      Thanks! I figured there had to be some way they made whiskey sours before HFCS was invented…

  2. Erin

    Definitely your best photo of all time :) I think Ben might even need a print of that one for his office…

  3. Joe

    Alex, oh Alex.

    How long have you know me? I had hair then, so it’s been a while. I hate to publically correct you, but son, you have NEVER been more wrong.

    Have you seen my glass? THIS WILL ONLY MAKE 1 drink–NOT 2!!

    I can’t wait to taste the Alex/Sonja version of my favorite drink. You better double the recipe if I have to share. Thank you!

    Joe ” regarding Marilyn, once a H%+, always a H%+” the evil stepfather.

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      Alex

      Haha! I was worried that if I made the portions Joe-sized, the readers would start acting like you…

      p.s. Tastes best with Preble Twp’s own Rekeweg Honey.

    1. Sonja

      Thank you! And, I love the thought of a cold hot toddy – haha! If that’s not already a drink, someone should bring that back :)

  4. Cousin Dan

    Holy cow…that photo is amazing. Looks like it is right out of a magazine add! Way to go. Drink looks tasty, too. Think I might have to pick up some honey on the way home.

    1. Aunt Wendy

      What an amazing photo!! You two are simply awesome :) Joe may need some more honey and less whiskey though…….

  5. Farmer's City Wife

    I’m not much of a whiskey fan (except with Coke) but had to see the recipe just to get a closer look at the picture. It’s awesome!
    I think I’ll be plunking glasses of lemonade on our table to get a similar shot :).

  6. Alexandra

    Um, to repeat: Amazing photo! I agree with Joe even though I’ve never seen his glass!

    Yay for me having everything I need for one of these in my kitchen and at 5:30 I’m going to concoct one! Thanks!

  7. Chez Us

    Great photo! We, too, love a good whiskey sour and nothing compares to making your own sour mix. We started making it last year, after a friend reintroduced us to the drink. Will never go back. Cheers!

  8. TastefullyJulie

    I was JUST thinking on my way to work today (don’t ask) that I would like to try a whiskey sour that isn’t made with nasty sour mix from a bottle. Yum. Thanks!

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  9. Rosabel

    Wow! First of, I LOVE the pictures! I also like the idea of using honey to sweeten the cocktail. Another option (all natural and tasty) would be to use Organic Maple Syrup (which I ofter use as a sweetener: it is healthier and gives a delicious taste to recipes). (I not it is hard to find but I get mine online with Rouge Maple)

    1. Sonja

      Thanks! Sounds like a great idea – I’ve never thought of adding maple syrup. Thanks for the idea!

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