Pitcher Cocktails: The (Mixed Citrus) Whisky Sour With a special super secret sour mix recipe by Meg Keene We all have those drinks that were ruined for us when we first started drinking, and anything-sour is on that list for me. My first years of drinking in bars were in the East Village in New York in the late ’90s, back before New York did anything as bourgeois as, you know, actually card underage drinkers. The standard drinks of those days were Cosmos, Long Island Iced Teas, White Russians, and Whisky Sours. All of those drinks were pretty recklessly gross, but the drinks made with cheap sour mix and well whiskey fell into a particular category of disgusting to my tastebuds. In the years since, as I’ve worked to teach myself more adult drinking, I’ve steered cleared of anything sour. So imagine my surprise when our production intern Dana presented us with this Whisky Sour recipe that includes not a drop of sour mix. In fact, it’s mostly good bourbon and fresh citrus. This is not what we were drinking in 2001, people, and it’s delicious. It’s also perfect to make for big batch cocktails for your wedding. It’s a classic everyone knows, and you can reinvent it in a way that will blow them away with how damn tasty it is. As discussed in our How To post on big batch wedding cocktails, we’ve provided you with both the recipe for the single drink, the ratio, and a recipe for a hundred cocktails. And! If you haven’t read our How To post on pitcher cocktails, start there, and return for tasty boozin’. Here is Dana’s Whisky Sour recipe for making new memories with an old drink: WHISKY SOUR 2 oz whiskey 1 oz sour mix (see below) .5 oz simple syrup Whisky Sour Ratio 4 parts whisky, 2 parts sour mix, 1 part simple syrup FOR 100 COCKTAILS, YOU NEED 200 oz whiskey 100 oz sour mix 50 oz simple syrup You may need to do some math at the store when you are buying your booze. Unfortunately, some spirits are sold in ounces, others in liters, others in quarts, pints, or gallons. I highly encourage using this smartphone app or this one, or this website for your conversions. THE SUPER SECRET SOUR MIX RECIPE This mix is actually just citrus juice. The secret is out! So, just mix together the juice of any citrus you want. I like a ratio of 2 parts lemon juice, 1 part orange juice, and 1 part lime juice. So, your recipe for a hundred drinks is as follows: 50 oz lemon juice 25 oz orange juice 25 oz lime juice Grapefruit is also good in there, as is blood orange juice. I’d also recommend making a little extra, so you have enough to adjust for taste. If you’re really into juicing, you can juice these yourself; I like to use Trader Joe’s or Odwalla juice because I’m lazy. Just remember, if your juice has added sugar, taste your batch before adding simple syrup. That’s it! And it really beats the sour mix sold in the mixers aisle at the liquor store. CreditsPhotographer: Maddie Eisenhart for APW | Styling: Meg Keene Meg Keene Founder & Editor-In-Chief Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. She has written two best selling wedding books: A Practical Wedding and A Practical Wedding Planner. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and two children. For more than you ever wanted to know about Meg, you can visit MegKeene.com.