2 oz. Bourbon (nothing too expensive); Jim Beam and Wild Turkey 80 both work well
3 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice (or a 2-1 ratio of lemon and lime)
1 teaspoon Simple Syrup (or to taste; some folks will prefer 2 or more I used .5 oz.)
1 maraschino cherry garnish and Orange wheel (optional)
1. Combine bourbon, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker that is half filled with ice. Shake well for 30 seconds.
2. Strain into a cocktail glass. (I like mine on the rocks in a tumbler) Garnish with a cherry and an Orange Wheel (optional).
Nothing like arguing common interests over a wee drink, hmmm that sounds familiar.
There is a reason this old drink is still available in one form or another at almost any pub/bar here in the Americas and it rests within the simplicity of the thirst-quencher itself. All you need is a base alcohol, lemon/lime juice, and a sweetener. That’s it! This is the great grandfather of all “sour” Cocktails. Margaritas, Southsides, Daiquiris, and Sidecars, all owe their popularity and existence to the humble whiskey sour.