Oak whiskey sour on a table
The 3-2-1 Ratio For Balanced Whiskey Sours
If you have trouble recalling the exact measurements of a whiskey sour, this tip is for you. Follow the mantra of the 3-2-1 ratio, and you'll likely never forget it.
To make the perfect whiskey sour, use 3 parts spirits, 2 parts sour, 1 part sweet. Bourbon is frequently the whiskey of choice.
For the "2 parts sour," always use freshly squeezed lemon juice. Stay away from bottled lemon juice made from concentrate and pre-made sour mix.
To make simple syrup for the "1 part sweet," heat equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan, stirring on low for about five minutes until it dissolves, then let it cool.
Put the three parts in a cocktail shaker. Shake well, then add ice cubes and shake again. Strain the contents into a glass and garnish with a slice of orange and a cocktail cherry.