Variations on the Whiskey Sour

Forget that cloyingly sweet, lip-puckering cocktail we all remember from our college days—when made from scratch and in the right proportions, the whiskey sour is one of our favorite crowd-pleasing libations. We've pulled together 15 variations on the drink, from the classic whiskey version made frothy with egg white to the Gold Rush, made with a spicy ginger liqueur, and the Baltimore Bang, which adds a fruity cognac—all perfectly sweet, sour, with just the right amount of bite.

Alexis' Bordeaux Sour
Alexis' Bordeaux Sorur
Inspired by a cocktail at New York's Lafayette restaurant, this twist on a classic whiskey sour gets its fruity flavor and rosy color from muddled maraschino cherries and Lillet Rouge, the fruity red French apéritif wine enhanced with citrus and spices.Farideh Sadeghin
Baltimore Bang
Baltimore Bang
This stiff take on a whiskey sour is traditionally made with apricot brandy, but cognac is a less-sweet alternative.Todd Coleman
Maple rye sour cocktail
Maple Rye Sour
Forget the sours of your teenage years; this sophisticated update uses maple syrup to temper rye whiskey, with fresh lemon and orange juices to brighten things up.Khushbu Shah
The Libertine
The Libertine
Rosemary brings an herbal note to this lemony bourbon cocktail.Todd Coleman
The Scottish Dream
The Scottish Dream
Black mission fig bitters from Brooklyn Hemispherical Bitters and a cinnamon simple syrup are at once spicy, smoky, and sweet when mixed with grapefruit juice and blended Scotch whiskey.Anna Stockwell
Pedro's Revolver
Pedro's Revolver
At the Grey Plume restaurant in Omaha, dry sherry adds a pretty, floral note to this twist on a whiskey sour.Penny De Los Santos
Otto's Sour
Otto's Sour
This gorgeously floral and spicy drink is built like a classic New York sour, with a float of red wine on top and aquavit in place of whiskey.Anna Stockwell
New York Sour
New York Sour
Just a few ingredients add up to a complex whole in this Gilded Age cocktail, an ideal vehicle for a rich VSOP cognac.Michael Kraus
Oskar's Key
Oskar's Key
Bittersweet with spicy, herbal undertones, the complex flavor of this rye cocktail celebrates the complexity of Oskar's character in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.MacKenzie Smith
Citrus SAVEUR
Citrus SAVEUR
Created by 2012 SAVEUR Best Food Blog Awards Best Cocktail Blog winner, Jordan Catapano of This Girl Walks Into a Bar, the Citrus SAVEUR is a punch-like drink that pairs white corn whiskey with grapefruit juice, mint simple syrup, and homemade sweet and sour.Helen Rosner
Melisse Whiskey Sour
Melisse Whiskey Sour
Made with Buffalo Trace bourbon and fresh lemon, the Melisse Whiskey Sour is delicate and floral, a perfect balance of tart and sweet, with subtle vanilla notes and a sumptuous, meringue-like pillow of foam on top.Helen Rosner
Whiskey Sour with Marmalade
Whiskey Sour with Marmalade
Bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler of Portland, Oregon's Clyde Common tavern gave us the recipe for this extravagant twist on a whiskey sour.Todd Coleman
Rattlesnake Cocktail
Rattlesnake Cocktail
This tangy whiskey drink is just the right amount of sweet, sour, and straight-up booze.Maxime Iattoni
White Whiskey Punch
White Whiskey Punch
Clear, unaged white whiskey stars in this potent, tropical-inspired punch.Todd Coleman