The Glenlivet Whisky Sour

Take on the Whisky Sour using The Glenlivet 12 Year Old. This easy-going cocktail dates back centuries and has always remained a favourite amongst whisky drinkers. Simple to make and a classic party pleaser, get your hands on a scotch sour.



ml oz
Ingredients Unit
The Glenlivet 12 Year Old
50 ml
Lemon Juice
25 ml
Simple Syrup
12 ml
Egg White or Aquafaba (Optional)
12 ml


  1. Build in shaker.
  2. Add ice and shake again until well-chilled.
  3. Strain into glass.

How to drink a Whisky Sour

A Whisky Sour is served ‘up’ meaning it’s not traditionally served over ice. Instead, the mixture is shaken until chilled before being strained into a rocks glass. But if you want ice, have ice. It’s your Whisky Sour after all.


Measurements are a guide based on 150ml serve. 

Try our favourite whisky sour variations to mix up the classic recipe.

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What does a Whisky Sour taste like?

A classic Whisky Sour is the perfect balance of tangy, sweet and light. The sugar syrup brings a caramelly taste, balanced by the sour citrus of fresh lemon juice. Add The Glenlivet 12 Year Old whisky and you’ll notice warm, smooth spice and creamy, fruity notes.


What’s the best whisky for a Whisky Sour?

Choosing a whisky for a Whisky Sour is an easy decision. What do you like? Because of the drink’s simplicity, you can really taste the individual notes of the whisky. So you’re going to want a smooth spirit. We use The Glenlivet 12 Year Old to elevate the cocktail’s fruity, sweet character. It’s a distinctly smooth expression with a delicate yet complex flavour. But if you fancy something different, why not try it with The Glenlivet Caribbean Reserve for a more tropical twist.