Whiskey Sours Recipe Challenge

Whiskey Sours

I am beginning to hate the recipe challenge. Even the booze ones are a lot of work. What am I making this week? Whiskey Sours. Okay, let me get in the kitchen and juice a bunch of lemons and I’ll get back to you.

Ready to go? Nope. I need to make simple syrup. Hang on, let me go do that. I’ve never made simple syrup before. What do I store it in? I found a nearly empty wine bottle, drank the wine, rinsed it out then put the syrup in it. Let’s put these things together.

Delicious! The recipe says to serve them in a martini glass but it is so hot outside that I served them in highball glasses packed with ice. The recipe made 4 drinks, might make more if you poured them in martini glasses. We were a bit drunk by the end of the night. My cousin’s husband joke-scolded me as I left, “You come over, get my wife drunk and then just leave? You’re a bad influence.”

I have never been the bad influence in my family. Ever. It was exciting. Maybe it was the bottle of whiskey I was shoving in my purse at the time, but I felt pretty badass.

Was it worth the effort of making simple syrup? Yes, I liked the sidecars better but these were yummy. But if you have some sugar syrup lying around then go for it.

You too could be a bad influence!


  • 3/4 cup Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (3 lemons)
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (4 limes)
  • 2/3 cup sugar syrup
  • Maraschino cherries

Combine the whiskey, lemon juice, lime juice, and syrup.  Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice, and fill two-thirds full with the cocktail mixture.  Shake for 30 seconds and pour into martini glasses.  Add a maraschino cherry and serve ice cold.

Copyright 2006, Barefoot Contessa at Home by Ina Garten, Clarkson Potter/Publishers, All Rights Reserved

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