Sours have nothing to do with "sour mix," the neon liquid you get in cocktails at karaoke bars, (which are special in ways other than their ingredients). Sours are a category of drink that hit all the right flavors: boozy, sweet, and tart. They follow a 2:1:1 ratio of two parts spirit, one part sour, one part sweet. Any whiskey will do for this simple shaken classic. A mellow, not-too-smoky blended Scotch does the trick nicely, too.
- 2 ounces whiskey
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 ounce simple syrup (or honey, or agave)
Shake all ingredients with ice until chilled, strain, and serve straight up.