Whiskey sours, when made with fresh fruit, are one of the best pre-dinner cocktails in my opinion. They work for people who aren't big drinkers and would like something a little on the sweet side, but also appeal to the traditional cocktailer who is a Bourbon fan...and if you aren't a Bourbon fan, then really what is there in life? This recipe is one my mom took from Ina Garten, but omitted the limes in place of oranges fresh from her yard.
3/4 cup whiskey (recommended: Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey)
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (4 lemons)
1/2 cup freshly squeeze orange juice (3 large, or 4 small oranges - Ina calls for lime juice here)
2/3 cup sugar syrup (see note)
Maraschino cherries (optional)
Combine the whiskey, lemon juice, orange juice and syrup. To serve up, fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice and pour in the drink mix 2/3 full. Shake for 15 seconds and pour into martini glasses. Add a maraschino cherry for garnish.
Also delicious on the rocks - add ice to tumbler and pour.
Note: To make the sugar syrup, bring 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar to a boil, and simmer until the sugar is completely dissolved. Chill before using.
This is a great drink to bring to parties or BBQ's. Pre-mix the juice and syrup and pour into a thermos or travel bottle and bring along with a bottle of Jack.