Scotch Sour

February 27, 2018
4 Ratings
Photo by Julia Gartland
  • Makes 1 cocktail
Author Notes

No bottled sour mix allowed! Just a great spirit, fresh lemon juice, and simple syrup. Here, Johnnie Walker Red Label adds a subtle, smoky flavor which balances out the bright citrus and adds just a touch of complexity—perfect for a version without egg white, on or off the rocks. Try changing up the bitters if you want to tweak the drink just a bit; orange, rhubarb, hopped grapefruit, even plum will all work well here. —Carey Jones

Test Kitchen Notes

This recipe is featured in the story For a Not-too-Sweet Whiskey Sour, Make it at Home, sponsored by Johnnie Walker. JOHNNIE WALKER RED LABEL Blended Scotch Whisky. 40% Alc/Vol. Imported by Diageo, Norwalk, CT. —The Editors

What You'll Need
  • 1.5 ounces Johnnie Walker Red Label scotch
  • .75 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • .5 ounces simple syrup*
  • 1 dash grapefruit bitters
  • Lemon wheel or slice, for garnish
  1. Combine ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled. Strain into a chilled coupe or serve over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a thin lemon wheel.
  2. *To make the simple syrup: Dissolve 1 part sugar in 1 part hot water. Let cool before using.

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1 Review

Rachel January 8, 2020
tbh, this tastes eerily similar to vomit. I know that sounds extreme. but honest to god my husband and I had the same impression. something about blending the scotch with citrus maybe? just... just don't.