‘Mad Men’ Menu: Fresh Whiskey Sours

Beverages, Mad Men / Friday, July 23rd, 2010

It’s 5 o’clock, somewhere, isn’t it?

Let me tell you why I love a Whiskey Sour. The ingredients are simple, and they work. No expensive trip to the liquor store required. It’s not particularly a man’s drink or a woman’s drink. It doesn’t have a silly, embarrassing name. It doesn’t come in a glass full of pinwheels and swords.

The Whiskey Sour is a classic. A cocktail with at least 150 years of history. Freshly squeezed orange juice and bourbon, sweetened with sugar and soured with fresh lemon juice. Definitely a sippin’ drink.

P.S. If you don’t have bourbon on hand, you can use a Tennessee whiskey, like Jack Daniel’s or George Dickel. They have basically the same ingredients as a bourbon, but Tennessee whiskeys are charcoal-mellowed before they’re aged. If you have neither bourbon nor Tennessee whiskey, then I’m not sure how you’re keeping house. Get thee hence to a liquor store! Or just borrow a few cups from my Mommaw.

Fresh Whiskey Sours

Adapted from “Martha Stewart Living”(July 2002)

Makes 4 drinks

  • 1 1/4 cups freshly squeezed orange juice
  • Sanding sugar, for glasses
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 ounces bourbon
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • Garnish: orange or lemon slices and maraschino cherries
  1. To prep glasses: Place 1/4 cup orange juice in a shallow dish. Fill another shallow dish 1/2-inch deep with sanding sugar. Dip rims of glasses into juice and then into sugar. Chill in refrigerator 10 minutes.
  2. Place remaining 1 cup orange juice, sugar, lemon juice and bourbon in a blender. Fill blender to top with ice. Blend until smooth, and transfer to prepared glasses. (OR, place the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake, and strain into glasses.) Garnish and serve.

Nutritional Information (Per Serving) – calories: 119, fat: 0.2g, carbs: 12.6g, fiber: 0.3g, protein: 0.7g, PP+ = 4

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5 thoughts on “‘Mad Men’ Menu: Fresh Whiskey Sours

  1. "If you have neither bourbon nor Tennessee whiskey, then I’m not sure how you’re keeping house." This is why I love this blog.

    Not sure which of my many bourbons would be best for this… I'm thinking Bulleit. Mmmm.

  2. […] Whiskey Sours or a Lavender Collins could bring the retro out in your gathering. Just arrange a platter of steamed veggies and lightly toasted chunks of bread with a few dips, deviled eggs, and some canapés filled with a cream cheese and olive mixture. If you’re willing to go all the way you could even make a jello mold centerpiece. […]

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