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National Whiskey Sour Day

Updated on April 17, 2015

Pucker Up and Celebrate!

Do not even try to claim that you knew that August 25th is National Whiskey Sour Day. We all know you didn't know that. And if you actually did, well, you really know your holidays (or your alcoholic beverages)! Good for you!

All kidding aside, yes, it is true that August 25th celebrates National Whiskey Sour Day. The whiskey sour dates back to the 1700s when it was discovered by accident, really, by British Navy soldiers. Back in the day, they would have plenty of citrus fruits, like oranges and lemons, on the ships to help prevent the soldiers from acquiring scurvy. Since the fresh fruits would go bad pretty quickly, it was discovered that they could preserve them in alcohol. Rum, gin, and whiskey were used to keep the fruit from going bad until someone figured out that the soggy and alcohol-soaked fruit tasted pretty darn good! The discovery was sort of two-fold, actually, since the sailors also would add lime or lemon juice to their rum or whiskey in an attempt to avoid scurvy and discovered this mixture was darn good as well. Hence, the whiskey sour.

On this page, we will reveal my dad's special whiskey sour recipe and mention some other great ones to try. Let's celebrate, shall we?

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Bill's Sour - photo credit: My dad, Bill Chapdelaine
Bill's Sour - photo credit: My dad, Bill Chapdelaine

The Woodstock Kickin' Sour

My Dad's Whiskey Sour Recipe

Let's call this one the "southern" whiskey sour version, or, as my dad wants to call it, "The Woodstock Kickin' Sour" (Woodstock, Georgia, that is). Although we are not originally from the South, we've been here long enough to claim southerner status, I guess!

Bill's Woodstock Kickin' Sour

Pour 3 oz. Canadian Club Whiskey or Canadian Mist Whiskey over crushed ice in a cocktail shaker. Add 1.5 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice. Add 4 tsp. sugar and 2 tsp. maraschino cherry juice. Shake vigorously to chill. Drop 2 maraschino cherries in a cocktail glass and strain the cocktail into the glass.

The proper whiskey sour should be sweet and sour, so you may adjust the sugar and lemon juice to taste.

Garnish with an orange slice.

**Variation: "Whiskey Sour L'orange": Include a splash of Triple Sec before shaking to add an orange glow.**

How to Make a Whiskey Sour - From

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      Len 4 years ago from Deception Bay

      Nice would have tried this in the day

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi this drink sound good.

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      merfzel 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      @PlumberJorge: I'm a beer drinker too... thanks for visiting :)

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      PlumberJorge 4 years ago

      Thanks for the lens, I miss having these kinds of drinks. Nowadays, I just drink beer. :)

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      merfzel 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      @jennabee25: To be perfectly honest, I'm a beer person myself, but my dad does make some killer mixed drinks!! Thanks for visiting and liking :)

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      Jenn Dixon 4 years ago from PA

      Ah, my favorite cocktail!

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      opatoday 4 years ago

      what a fun lens, thanks

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      merfzel 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      @anonymous: Thanks! And thanks for visiting :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Good luck on the Squidoo Food Club Quest for August

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      sarinogym 4 years ago

      Drinks look cool mate. I love natural colorful cocktails. They are my favorite..

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      Dorian Bodnariuc 4 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

      The drinks look great. I love whiskey sour, one of my favorite cocktails. I didn't know there was a national whiskey sour day.

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      Mary 4 years ago from Chicago area

      Aw shoot, I missed it! Usually more of a beer or wine person, but in this format, whiskey could be quite tasty. And if Emeril has a version, it's gotta be pretty good :)

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      merfzel 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      @Diana Wenzel: lol :) lucky man

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      SamiPearl 4 years ago

      I love whiskey sours. I usually prefer mine with amaretto and lots of cherries, so I'll try your dad's recipe!

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      I remember my dad drinking whiskey sours. Never knew what was in them until now. Interesting history. Now I know why dad never had scurvy. ;-)

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      merfzel 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      @SamiPearl: Yay! Let me know how it is! I'm mean, I know it is good, but I'd like to know what YOU think :)

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      Mobley5 4 years ago

      Reading this has made my mouth water - a well-made whisky sour is divine!

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      Namsak 4 years ago

      Despite being a Scot I don't like whisky! A Margarita is fine but any drink based on dark rum is my favourite tipple.

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      merfzel 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      @Susan Zutautas: It is really good... a little too good :) Thanks for visiting.. let me know if you try it!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Your dad's whiskey sour recipe sounds like my kind of drink.