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This homemade whiskey sour mix recipe is better than any bottle from the store! It’s quick and easy, and makes the best cocktails.

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When it comes to entertaining, our top choice of cocktail? The Whiskey Sour. It’s classic, it’s refreshingly sweet tart, and it pleases almost anyone no matter the occasion (even non-whiskey fans). So the best thing when you’re whipping them up for a crowd? This tasty Whiskey Sour Mix! This is the best mix that distills our classic whiskey sour drink into a simple preparation. Ready to get started?

What’s in whiskey sour mix?

The whiskey sour is an iconic drink that goes back centuries: the earliest mention of the drink was in the 1870’s! It’s on the list of International Bartender Association’s IBA official cocktails, meaning it has an official definition. When you’re making whiskey sour mix, you’ll use exactly the same ingredients but in larger quantities. Here’s what’s in this whiskey sour mix recipe:

  • Fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Simple syrup (or maple syrup or honey)
  • Whiskey of any type

All you have to do is mix the lemon and simple syrup together: it’s as simple as that! (Skip to the recipe for quantities.) Then, we’ve got two serving options…keep reading!

Whiskey sour mix

Whiskey sour mix in a pitcher

Want the easiest way to serve whiskey sour mix? In a pitcher! Whip up the recipe below, which makes 8 servings. Here’s the important part: add it to a pitcher with 2 handfuls of ice. The ice doesn’t just chill the drink: it dilutes it a bit to the desired consistency and flavor. This way, you don’t have to worry about shaking up separate drinks in a cocktail shaker!

Or, mix up single drinks!

You can also use the standard cocktail shaker method with this whiskey sour mix recipe. Place the sour mix and whiskey into the cocktail shaker, add ice, and shake! This is nice if you’re planning to store the mix and just get it out for single drinks on different occasions. Bonus: you can also add an egg white to the whiskey sour using that method to get the classic retro foam topping.

Easy whiskey sour recipe

How long does homemade whiskey sour mix last?

This homemade whiskey sour mix recipe has no preservatives or additives. This means that it lasts a little less time than a store-bought mix: but the flavor is so great, it’s worth it! Homemade whiskey sour mix lasts up to 1 week refrigerated. The flavor is best right away, so we suggest drinking it within the first few days. (As if you needed any encouragement!)

Best whiskey for a sour

You can use whatever whiskey you like for a sour, but we have some favorite types. Here’s what we’d recommend adding to the sour mix:

  • Bourbon: Our top pick! The sweet flavor of bourbon whiskey is ideal
  • Jameson Irish whiskey: Jameson is very mild and has less of a whiskey burn
  • Rye whiskey: Rye whiskey has a spicy burn on the finish

Whiskey sour variations

There are lots of variations on the classic whiskey sour! You can use this sour mix as a template for making the following drink variations:

More great whiskey mixers? Go to What to Mix with Whiskey.

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Whiskey Sour Mix

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutese
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 0 hours
  • Yield: 8 drinks 1x


This homemade whiskey sour mix recipe is better than any bottle from the store! It’s quick and easy, and makes the best cocktails. 


  • 8 ounces (1 cup) fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 6 ounces (¾ cup) simple syrup (or maple syrup or honey)
  • For serving: 16 ounces (2 cups) whiskey of any type


  1. Place the lemon juice and simple syrup in a sealed jar and shake. Keeps 1 week in the refrigerator (the flavor is best in first 24 hours, but it’s still good over a week).
  2. For serving, place the sour mix in a pitcher with whiskey with 2 handfuls of ice and pour servings of about ½ cup. Or to make single servings, combine 1 ¾ ounces (3 ½ tablespoons) sour mix with 2 ounces (¼ cup) whiskey and shake in a cocktail shaker.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Cocktail
  • Diet: Vegan

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About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Gracie says:

    Hi I have a question,
    if I’m trying to double the recipe for 16 drinks how many cups of whiskey do I use?