How to Make a Sugar-Free Whiskey Sour

Whiskey Sour Cocktail
Whiskey Sour Cocktail. Photo: Eising / Getty Images
Total Time 5 min
Prep 5 min, Cook 0 min
Yield 1 Drink

When I was growing up, my parents would often have a Whiskey Sour before dinner, so I have pleasant associations with this classic cocktail. Whiskey Sours date back to the 1860s and were a common drink among sailors who drank spirits when water was in short supply. Lemons or limes were added to the drink to prevent scurvy, which was common among sailors, and water and sugar were added for taste. 

Today, you can buy a premade Whiskey Sour mix. The only problem with these powdered or bottled sour mixes is that they come with a whole lot of sugar. Fortunately, you can swap out the premade drinks and replace them with a delicious sugar-free Whiskey Sour, made all on your own. 

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!

Ingredients

  • 1 jigger (1.5 oz or 3 tablespoons) bourbon or whiskey (nutritional analysis uses 80 proof)
  • 1 jigger lemon juice (fresh-squeezed works best)
  • 1 jigger water
  • Artificial sweetener (like stevia) with the equivalent of 3 tablespoons sugar

Preparation

Put the ingredients in a cocktail shaker half-full of ice. Shake well. Strain into a glass (rocks glass, sour glass, martini glass, or whichever glass you prefer). Traditionally, whiskey sours are garnished with a Maraschino cherry, but those have 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 of effective carbohydrates and 106 calories.

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