The 5 Best Whiskeys for Whiskey Sours

One of the most classic cocktails in existence is the whiskey sour, whose creation was over 150 years ago. Though whiskey sours comprise only three core ingredients (whiskey, citrus, and sugar), they continue to evolve. Bourbon is cited in most original recipes, but some highly regarded twists include rye and even scotch.

Ultimately, it’s a matter of personal taste. Do you like sweet or spicy or do you prefer less traditional flavors like black tea and vanilla? To help you find your new go-to drink, we’ve put together a list of the very best whiskeys for whiskey sours across a range of flavor profiles. Read on for an essential guide to some of the best whiskeys for this classic cocktail.