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Sunset Whiskey Sour Recipe

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This sunset whiskey sour recipe is for people who like both a sweet and sour bite in their cocktails. 

closeup of whiskey sour in a glass

Why You'll Love this Whiskey Sour Recipe

The standard ratio for the whiskey sour is 3:2:1 (whiskey, lemon juice, simple syrup).

We've stuck to that with this recipe, but added a homemade cherry syrup, in place of the usual maraschino cherry. 

The standard maraschino cherries are bleached of their color, packed with sugar, and then dyed bright red. There are a lot of 'real' maraschino cherries available now, which we really recommend.

So, we've made a homemade dark, sweet cherry syrup, using just a few ingredients, that we know you'll love.

closeup of cherry syrup
whiskey sour recipe with cherry syrup in a glass ball jar

The cherry syrup, combined with the deep amber of the whiskey sour creates a beautiful sunset medley of colors - hence the name. 

Yield: 6 servings

Sunset Whiskey Sour

A sunset whiskey sour drink in a tall glass.

This sunset whiskey sour is for folks who like both a sweet and sour bite in their cocktails.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 2 cups dark sweet cherries
  • 1 tablespoon cane sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 9 ounces Jack Daniels
  • 6 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 ounces simple syrup
  • ice


  1. Bring the cherries, sugar, and water to a bubble over medium heat in a saucepan. Reduce heat and let the mixture simmer for 20 minutes. Stir occasionally. Remove from heat and let cool for 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile combine the Jack Daniels, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a jar and stir to combine to make the cocktail mixture.
  3. Add ice and ⅙th the cocktail mixture to a shaker and shake vigorously till chilled. Pour into a glass and add 2 to 3 tablespoons of cherry syrup to each cocktail. Stir gently, add a few ice cubes (if desired), and serve immediately.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 173Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 8mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 1gSugar: 15gProtein: 1g

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