Irish Whiskey Sour

irish whiskey sour

This is a summery and straightforward whiskey sour recipe — much more appropriate this time of year (despite the ever-present clouds and gusty weather ’round here lately) than the Meyer lemon one I briefly mentioned in my last post. (I promise the latter is coming. Eventually. Meaning when that very lemon is back in stores next winter … darn seasonality!) It’s probably quite clear by now that I prefer homemade goodies of all sorts to their store-bought counterparts. As such, you don’t need a sour mix. Instead, I use light agave nectar and regular ol’ lemons for a fresh-tasting, sweet and sour stand-in. For a lighter flavor, the Irish whisky is a nice change of pace from the usual Bourbon — I prefer to reserve the smokier of the two for the chillier months of the year. Which of course means it’ll be back in rotation come summer now that I live in San Francisco (ha!).

Irish Whiskey Sour

Preparation Time: 1 minute

Makes: 1 cocktail


  • 57 grams (1/4 cup) Jameson Irish whiskey (or other gluten-free Irish whiskey)
  • 28 grams (2 tablespoons) freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 21 grams (1 tablespoon) light agave nectar
  • 57 grams (1/4 cup) sparkling water, more or less to taste
  • Ice


In a cocktail shaker or Mason jar, combine whiskey through agave nectar. Add ice and shake until well-chilled. Strain into a whiskey glass, stir in sparkling water (I like the given amount, 1/4 cup) and a handful of ice. Serve immediately.

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  • Reply
    May 17, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Your picture is beautiful! I love the glass and coaster.

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    Heather Sage
    May 17, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Thank you! The glass is one of these by Schott Zwiesel (purchased because I am a complete klutz and they’re supposedly really hard to break) and the coaster is this candle holder (only ever used as a coaster) from Ikea.

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog
    May 18, 2012 at 6:39 am

    This cocktail sounds yummy. I like that it’s simple. Don’t you just hate it when you want something and can’t have it because it’s not in season. I feel ya. You have a beautiful site.

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    May 18, 2012 at 6:57 am

    This is my mom’s FAVORITE drink. She always gets it when we go out to dinner 🙂

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    Marc Somers
    October 9, 2013 at 4:04 am

    I’m living in Belgium, but my grandmother was a pure south irish from Kork. She told us how to make an old recept of irish sour : 1 bottle of 700 ml of wiskey, 200 gr of honey and 50 ml of lemon. We are drinking that recept so many years. Somebody says me that recept of irish sour dated from the 11th or 12th century. In that time, wiskey was forbidden for girls and women by the church. Some merchants had the idee to prepare a sweet cocktail (or medicine) for female, pretending that honey and lemon is good for the health ( to comfirm ?).

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