Sugar-Free Whiskey Sour

Whiskey Sour Cocktail
Whiskey Sour Cocktail. Photo: Eising / Getty Images
Total Time 5 min
Prep 5 min
When I was growing up, my parents often would have a whiskey sour before dinner, so I have pleasant associations with this classic cocktail. The only problem is that those powdered or bottled sour mixers come with a whole lot of sugar. Happily, you can easily make a delicious sugar-free whiskey sour, and it will taste better than anything from a mix.

Whiskey sours are traditionally made with bourbon, but any kind of blended whiskey will work. Speaking personally, I'm a fan of Jack Daniels sours -- yum!


  • 1 jigger (1.5 oz or 3 tablespoons) bourbon or other whiskey (nutritional analysis uses 80 proof)
  • 1 jigger lemon juice (fresh-squeezed is best)
  • 1 jigger water
  • Artificial sweetener with the equivalent of 3 tablespoons sugar
  • I assume a zero-carb sweetener such as liquid sucralose for the analysis


Put the ingredients in a cocktail shaker half-full of ice. Shake well. Strain into a glass (rocks glass, sour glass, Martini glass, or whatever glass you want!) Traditionally, whiskey sours are garnished with a Maraschino cherry, but they are two grams of carb each! I recommend garnishing with a small lemon wedge or curl of lemon peel.

Nutritional Information: Each serving has 3 grams effective carbohydrate and 106 calories.

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