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Cherry Whiskey Sour

A hint of lime and sweet cherries add a fun twist to your new favourite summer whiskey cocktails! This cherry whiskey sour will be on repeat this summer.

cherry lime whiskey sour

*Please note* this post was originally published in 2017. I’ve since redone the post but the recipe remains the same

I’m baaaack! It is so weird that I didn’t post anything for over a week (gasp)! Since starting this blog I have never gone that long without posting something. I guess that’s because I didn’t go on a vacation for a really really LONG time!! Anyway, now that I’ve got a tiny bit of a post typed out I can relax (a little). I hope the next few sentences make sense, but if they don’t, I’m blaming it on my foggy jet-lagged brain. Trust me, this cherry whiskey sour will make up for it!

You guys, Portugal was AAAAH-mazing. Once I get my photos all in order I will do a post entirely on the trip, and what we got up to for the 7 days. 7 days was not long enough!! Well, it was just the right amount of time to be gone from my boys, but it was definitely not long enough to explore everything the country has to offer. But, I’ll have to leave you in suspense so you’ll come back to visit me once my Portugal post is up! I’ll give you just one word: WINE. They do it right!!

So, these cherry whiskey sours….

cherry lime whiskey sour

What’s in a cherry whiskey sour?

Inspired by my favorite cocktail, the whiskey sour, I’ve added a sweet twist to the mix to really knock your socks…err…sandals off. I love a good whiskey sour, but I find that the flavors vary so much between bartenders. A classic whiskey sour contains whiskey/bourbon, lemon juice, and sugar. I’ve been served a whiskey sour made with lime, lime juice (that green stuff), club soda, you name it.

Personally, I prefer limes to lemons, so I went with the green for this drink. The cherry simple syrup adds a wonderfully sweet contrast, and hey, who doesn’t love the pretty red color!?

To make 1 cocktail, you’ll need about 4 ounces of pitted, diced cherries and 1 lime.

How do you make a cherry simple syrup?

If you’ve never made your own simple syrup, now is the time. It is literally 2 ingredients and takes about 5 minutes. Please don’t buy plain simple syrup!! It’s quite possibly the easiest thing you’ll ever make. I’ve left some instructions in the recipe below.

To make this cherry simple syrup, just make a quick simple syrup for the cherries to soak in for at least 30 minutes. After that, you just blend all of the other ingredients until frothy. The result is a lightly sweetened, refreshing cocktail with just the right amount of tartness.

How many drinks does this recipe make?

My recipe makes 1 – 8oz cocktail. If you want to make 2, just double all of the ingredients.

Tomorrow is Canada’s 150th birthday. I had a few plans for what I would post for this momentous day but unfortunately with everything going on the past few weeks I’ve run out of time. This drink is my toast to my fellow Canadians. How lucky are we to be a part of this amazing country!!


cherry lime whiskey sours

If you know me, you’ll know I like all things cherry! Here’s a few of my other favourite cherry recipes!

Or, if you’re in the mood for cocktails, I’ve got a whole category to check out!

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Cherry Whiskey Sour

  • Author: Katherine
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 1 8 oz cocktail 1x


A hint of lime and sweet cherries add a fun twist to your new favourite summer whiskey cocktails! This cherry whiskey sour will be on repeat this summer.


  • 4 oz fresh cherries, pitted and diced
  • 1 oz simple syrup*
  • 1 oz lime juice (about 1 whole lime)
  • 2 oz whiskey/bourbon


  1. Place the diced cherries in a small bowl along with the simple syrup for at least 30 minutes.
  2. In a blender, combine the cherries and syrup, lime juice and whiskey. Blend on high until the cherries are completely pureed and pour into a cocktail glass over ice. Serve immediately.

Double/triple the ingredients to create 2-3 drinks instead of 1


  1. To make a simple syrup, combine equal parts water and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is clear. Remove from heat and allow to cool before using.
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes

Keywords: summer whiskey cocktails, cherry whiskey sour recipe

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Cherry Whiskey Sour


  1. I enjoyed a cocktail just like this one at a favorite place of mine at the beach Katherine, and I haven’t concocted it at home yet. It was just delicious! I can’t wait to try your recipe!

  2. WOW! This looks amazing and beautiful. Makes me wanna belly up to your bar!! πŸ™‚ *pinning!* Have a great weekend Katherine!

  3. Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen

    This is one gorgeous drink! I’m convinced that brightly colored drinks just taste better :). I love the cherry-lime combo and wish I had one of these in front of me right now. Can’t WAIT to read your Portugal post and have a great weekend celebrating Canada!

  4. Can I just say that your Insta Portugal pics were making me jealous but I want to see more! Can’t wait to go myself. I love my cocktails not too sweet so this cherry cocktail sounds right up my alley. That color is irresistible!

    • Hooray! I’m just compiling all of the photos, so I’ll have them up soon! Pictures never seem to do justice to the real thing, so I’ll have a hard time choosing πŸ™‚ Thank you!! I love a brightly colored cocktail!!

  5. My my!! Doesn’t that look delicious! And it’s so simple that I wouldn’t procrastinate making this at all :P. In fact I plan to make this for our girly get together tonight πŸ˜€ Thanks for sharing Katherine :* I am waiting eagerly for the portugal post πŸ˜€

  6. Can’t wait to hear all about your trip….and the wine πŸ˜‰ These sound and look amazing Katherine! I love a good whiskey sour and the addition of fresh cherries takes it over the top!

  7. I can’t wait to hear more about your trip – I’d love to visit there some day! And the whole ‘wine’ thing made me laugh πŸ˜‰ Gotta try this cocktail- sounds DELICIOUS! I love limes too so I can imagine how lovely they pair in this drink with the cherries. Pinned! Happy Canada Day! xo

  8. I’ve heard such wonderful things about Portugal! It’s on our bucket list! Welcome back!!
    P.S. these cocktails are gorgeous!!!

  9. Welcome back and Portugal must’ve been so incredible! I’ve always wanted to go there but haven’t made it yet. I’m so into cherries right now and this drink is such a great way to use them. The color is gorgeous and I’d love one right about now!

  10. Welcome back. Thanks for sharing a delicacies Cocktail. I really want try

  11. Now I know what you mean about loving whiskey sours!! This one is next on my list! Mine tend to be on the weaker side (I am a lightweight, lol,) but this one seriously has me intrigued!

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