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National Whiskey Sour Day

Celebrate National Whiskey Sour Day in style with a delicious classic cocktail - sweet and tart, it's the perfect way to end the day!
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August 25
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Raise your glass and join in on the celebration of National Whiskey Sour Day on August 25! This delicious cocktail has been around since the late 1800s and has become a classic favorite among whiskey enthusiasts. The traditional recipe calls for just three ingredients – whiskey, lemon juice, and sugar – but many people have come up with creative variations over the years. Whether you like yours sweet or sour, this is one day that won’t disappoint. So grab your favorite whiskey and let’s make some sours!

History of National Whiskey Sour Day

National Whiskey Sour Day Dates

National Whiskey Sour Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1862</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Whiskey Sour Recipe Published</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first known written Whiskey Sour recipe was published in Jerry Thomas's "How to Mix Drinks".</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1920-1933</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Prohibition Era</div><div class='timeline-text'>Despite Prohibition in the U.S., the Whiskey Sour’s popularity didn’t wane, with many still making it at home illegally.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1950s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Cocktail Renaissance</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Whiskey Sour was one of the signature cocktails during the 50s cocktail renaissance.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1980s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Low Popularity Period</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Whiskey Sour and other classic cocktails saw a dip in popularity due to the rise of designer cocktails in the 80s.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2000s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Classic Cocktail Revival</div><div class='timeline-text'>Classic cocktails including the Whiskey Sour made a comeback during the cocktail revival in the 2000s.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2015</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First National Whiskey Sour Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first official National Whiskey Sour Day was celebrated.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Whiskey Sour Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Make your own whiskey sour</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>A traditional whiskey sour is made with whiskey, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Shake vigorously with ice, then strain into a rocks glass over ice. Serve with a maraschino cherry for garnish.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go out for whiskey sours</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Find a bar or restaurant that serves up some delicious whiskey sours. Whether it's an old fashioned bar or a modern bistro, you're sure to find something to suit your taste.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Try a whiskey sour flight</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Visit a local distillery and try out their whiskey sour flight. You'll get to sample several different whiskeys and find one that suits your palate.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Have a whiskey sour tasting party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite friends over for a whiskey sour tasting party!  Have each guest bring their favorite whiskey sour recipe and share them with the group.  It's sure to be a hit!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Try out a new recipe</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Mix things up and try out a new whiskey sour recipe!  There are so many variations out there so take the opportunity to experiment and find one you love.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Whiskey Sour Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Whiskey Sours are classic</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>The Whiskey Sour has been around for over 150 years and is a timeless classic. The combination of whiskey, lemon juice and sugar offer the perfect balance between sweet and tart flavors and make this cocktail incredibly satisfying!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Whiskey Sours are easy to make</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Making a Whiskey Sour doesn't require any special bartending skills or equipment. With just a few ingredients and some basic mixing techniques, you can have an amazing cocktail in no time!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Whiskey Sours are customizable</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Whether you prefer your flavor profile on the sweeter side with added simple syrup or more tart with lime juice, you can tailor your drink to your tastes easily. Add some garnish (like fruit slices or maraschino cherries) for a finishing touch!</p></div></div>

5 Uncovered Truths about National Whiskey Sour Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The Whiskey Sour was a Sea Voyage Staple</h3><p class='facts-content'>In the 17th and 18th century, sailors often consumed a primitive form of the whiskey sour to prevent scurvy and to make the onboard water and alcohol more palatable!</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The Boston Sour is a Variance of Whiskey Sour</h3><p class='facts-content'>The Boston Sour is a popular version of the whiskey sour, and it adds a dash of egg white into the mix for a frothy, protein-rich cocktail.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Lemon is the Preferred Citrus of Choice</h3><p class='facts-content'>Though other citrus fruits can be used in a pinch, lemon is the traditional choice for a whiskey sour. The tartness perfectly compliments the whiskey's flavor.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>A "Perfect" Whiskey Sour Exists</h3><p class='facts-content'>A "perfect" whiskey sour uses equal parts lemon and lime juice instead of just lemon, for those who prefer a more complex citrus profile in their drink.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The Whiskey Sour is Sometimes Credited to an English Admiral</h3><p class='facts-content'>Though the origin of the whiskey sour is still debated, one theory credits English Admiral Edward Vernon, who served a version of it to his crew as a scurvy prevention tactic in the 1740s.</p></div></div>

National Whiskey Sour Day FAQs

When is National Whiskey Sour Day?

National Whiskey Sour Day is celebrated on August 25 every year. In 2024 National Whiskey Sour Day will occur on a Sunday.

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