National Whiskey Sour Day | August 25
(Last Updated On: November 8, 2022)


On August 25th, people across the United States observe National Whiskey Sour Day.


Traditionally garnished with half an orange and a maraschino cherry, a whiskey sour is a mixed drink containing whiskey (often bourbon), lemon juice, and sugar. Whiskey sours are shaken then either served straight or over ice.

“Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.” – Mark Twain

Alternatives to the traditional whiskey sour are the Boston sour and the Ward 8. The Boston sour adds a dash of egg white to the recipe. The Ward 8 uses either a Bourbon or rye whiskey base with both lemon and orange juices and grenadine syrup added for sweetness.

The first mention of a whiskey sour was in an 1870 Wisconsin newspaper.

  • After opening, a bottle of whiskey will remain good for five years.
  • An unopened bottle of whiskey can be kept for over 100 years and will still be fit to drink.
  • Both “Whisky” and “Whiskey” spellings are correct. Whisky is specific to Scotch Whisky, and Whiskey is Irish.
  • In 2004, Alabama named Conecuh Ridge Whiskey as its official state spirit.
  • According to legend, Jack Daniels ran away at the age of 6 and learned to make whiskey from a Lutheran minister.


Celebrate by enjoying a whiskey sour! Invite a friend to join you. Don’t hesitate to try a twist on the whiskey sour. While you enjoy your cocktail, explore the history of whiskey, its production, and trade. We recommend:

  • The documentaries Straight Up and Scotch: The Golden Dram 
  • Whiskey Master Class by Lew Bryson
  • Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch and Irish Whiskey by Fred Minnick
  • Dead Distillers by Colin Spoelman and David Haskell

(Remember always to drink responsibly and never drink and drive.) Use #NationalWhiskeySourDay to post on social media.


Within our research, we were unable to find the creator or the origin of this popular National Day.

Whiskey FAQ

Q. What kind of glass do you use to serve a whiskey sour?
A. A whiskey sour can be served in a rocks glass, highball, a stemmed glass.

Q. Can I make a sour from other spirits?
A. Yes. Vodka, gin, rum, tequila, pisco, and brandy are all used to make sour cocktails.

Q. What’s in a tequila sour?
A. Tequila, lemon and lime juice, simple syrup, bitters, and egg white (optional). Did you know, the margarita and Paloma also fall into the sour cocktails category?

Q. What whiskey holidays are on the calendar?
A. National Irish Coffee Day, International Whisk(e)y Day, National Bootlegger’s Day, and National Bourbon Day just to name a few.


August 25th Celebrated History


The first patent for preserving food in tin cans is issued to Peter Durand. The merchant would later sell the English patent No. 3372 to Bryan Donkin and John Hall.


Addressing the issue of proper field seeding, Joseph Gibbons patents a grain drill that regulated the amount of seed sown in a single row.


Captain Matthew Web swims across the English Channel unassisted. His accomplishment is the first swim recorded swim across the channel from England to France.


The bacteriologist identified the organism responsible for the bubonic plague.


Fifty-two graduates of nursing, led by Martha Franklin, organized the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses.

Congress establishes the National Park Service.

The first international passenger air service begins operating between London and Paris.


At the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp, Ethelda Bleibtrey becomes the first woman to win gold in swimming.


From sea to shining sea, Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly across the North American content solo.


Chikin Ramen becomes the first instant noodles on the market. Momofuku Ando perfected the process, and Nissin Foods sold the product.


Tennis player Arthur Ashe earns the men’s singles champion, becoming the first African-American to win the U.S. Open.


GE registers copyright for the jingle “We Bring Good Things To Life.”


The world’s tallest living tree is discovered. Named Hyperion, the redwood discovered by Michael Taylor and Chris Atkins grows in Redwood National and State Parks.


NASA’s Voyager 1 enters interstellar space, making it the first spacecraft to venture beyond the power of the solar winds.

August 25th Celebrated Birthdays

Allan Pinkerton – 1819

The former deputy sheriff of Cook County in Chicago is best known for establishing one of the country’s most famous private detective agencies, the Pinkerton National Detective Agency.

Joshua L. Cowen – 1877

The inventor and toymaker co-founded the Lionel Corporation and developed the first Lionel model train for the company.

Mary Bruce – 1900

Founder of the Mary Bruce Dance School in Harlem, the ballet and tap dancer taught Gregory Hines, Ruby Dee, and Katharine Dunham.

Mollie Panter – Downes – 1906

English author of such works as The Shoreless Sea and One Fine Day, Panter-Downes was also a columnist for The New Yorker.

Dorothea Tanning – 1910

The artist is best known for her surrealist painting and sculpture.

Arnold Neustadter – 1910

Before there was the Facebook friends list, there was the Rolodex. And Arnold Neustadter invented it.

Walt Kelly – 1913

Kelly worked for Walt Disney Studios as an animator, but he also created the comic strip Pogo.

Monty Hall – 1921

Comedian and game show host, Monty Hall, is best known for hosting the television game show Let’s Make a Deal.

Sean Connery – 1930

The first actor to play the role of James Bond in the Bond films, Connery has appeared in over 90 films including The Hunt for Red October, Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, and the host of the Untouchables.

Regis Philbin- 1931

The perennial talk show host also hosted Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and made several cameos in film and television.

Gene Simmons – 1949

Co-founder of the band KISS, Simmons joined reality TV in 2006 when the A&E network began airing Gene Simmons Family Jewels.

Tim Burton – 1958

Filmmaker, Tim Burton, is known for creating dark and wonderous films and animation.

Ian Falconer – 1959

Ian Falconer wrote and illustrated the Olivia books and television show for children.

Rachael Ray – 1968

The syndicated celebrity chef is known for lifestyle and cooking programs and her cookbooks and product line.

Jo Dee Messina – 1970

The country music artist has a string of number 1 hits, including “Bring on the Rain.”

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