Posted July 5, 2013 by Crafted Pours in Blog Posts

Crafting the Perfect Bourbon Sour

bourbon sour
bourbon sour

For the perfect bourbon sour, start with a good, solid, high quality bourbon. We like to use Buffalo Trace, Four Roses, or Maker’s Mark, but there are several other good bourbons to choose from for this cocktail.┬áBourbon is a barrel-aged whiskey which is primarily distilled with corn. Aging is done in new, charred white oak barrels, and aging time varies by product and producer.

A fresh lemon or two, is essential for creating the perfect bourbon sour. The fresh squeezed juice is used in the drink, and a slice of lemon is used as a garnish.

A few dashes of Angostura bitters adds some depth to the cocktail.

Topping off with chilled club soda adds some refreshing carbonation which enhances the citrus and sour flavors.

That’s it – simple and tasty. Enjoy!

The Recipe


1 1/2 oz. bourbon

1 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice

1/2 tsp sugar

3-4 dashes angostura bitters

club soda


Add fresh lemon to cocktail glass with sugar and stir.

Add bourbon and ice.

Top off with club soda, add bitters and stir.

Garnish with a lemon slice.

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