Whiskey cocktail

How to make a whiskey sour mocktail

Like whiskey? Try: Spiritless Kentucky 74.

Bourbon lovers will want to try Spiritless. After recent rewording, “they’re completely past the ballpark,” says Watters, suggesting that all the right caramel, vanilla and oak tones are in place. After all, “coming from Kentucky, they know how to make a good bourbon”.

Spiritless “Whisky” Sour

Courtesy of Derek Brown, author of Mindful Mixology: A Complete Guide to Alcohol-Free and Low-Alcohol Cocktails (Rizzoli, 2022)

Among Brown’s tips for this drink: aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas) can replace egg whites if you prefer, and ginger root grates more easily when frozen. As an alternative to homemade ginger syrup, Brown recommends Liber’s Fiery Ginger Syrup.


2 oz Spiritless Kentucky 74

1 ounce fresh lemon juice

¾ ounce ginger syrup*

1 small egg white (optional)

Cherry, to garnish

Orange slice, for garnish


Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a highball or double rocks glass with fresh ice. Garnish with cherry and orange slice.

How to make ginger syrup

Simmer 1 cup the water and 1 cup sugar until the granules dissolve. Stir, remove from heat and add 2 tablespoons unpeeled grated ginger root. Let cool. Add a line of lemon juice and filter out all solids. Refrigerated, keeps up to 2 weeks.