Canadian Club Sour Cocktail

Canadian Club Sour Cocktail
The Canadian Club Sour is too simple to pass up. Maximilian Stock Ltd./Photolibrary/Getty Images
  • Total: 2 mins
  • Prep: 2 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Serving: 1 serving

Canadian Club is one of the classic whiskey brands of Canada, and their 12-year-old marque is aged in re-charred barrels to create an exceptionally smooth and full bodied whiskey.

It works exceptionally well in a classic Whiskey Sour cocktail recipe and at a $22 price point, it is an affordable choice for this great drink.

Try the Canadian Club Sour at your next party.


Steps to Make It

  1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice.

  2. Shake vigorously.

  3. Strain into a double rocks glass over fresh ice.

  4. Garnish with a maraschino cherry or lemon wedge.


  • There are some key differences between the Canadian Club Sour and the traditional Whiskey Sour.
  • The most notable is the choice of whiskey. Where it has become customary to use bourbon in the Whisky Sour, this recipe specifically calls for a Canadian whiskey. This switch to a milder, often smoother whiskey will transform the base of the drink and it may become a preference for drinkers who enjoy a softer whiskey cocktail.
  • The next big difference is in the ratio of whiskey and lemon juice. Most sour drinks begin with an equal pour of the two ingredients and this one opts for more lemon than whiskey. This may be too sour for some tastes and should be adjusted accordingly.
  • The prevalence of lemon juice also makes it crucial that fresh-squeezed juice is used and that it be properly measured using a jigger. Bottled lemon juice is either too sweet or too sour to find the delicate balance needed for a cocktail like this.
  • The last ingredient to consider is the sweetener. It is key to balancing out the sour aspect of any sour drink and should not be overlooked. Plain, granulated sugar can be added to the cocktail shaker while mixing though you may find that it does not dissolve completely and that is why bartenders rely on simple syrup in the bar.
  • If you have never made simple syrup, it is one of the easiest homemade bar ingredients out there. It is as easy as dissolving sugar in water as it heats and letting that simmer for a few minutes. In less than ten minutes, you can have a fresh batch of syrup cooling and it is considerably cheaper than buying simple syrup at the liquor store.

How Strong Is the Canadian Club Sour?

The Canadian Club Classic 12 is an 80 proof whiskey and when mixed into the cocktail as listed in the recipe, this drink is a casual 19 percent ABV (38 proof). This is typical for drinks of this style and is just slightly stronger than a glass of red wine.

Recipe Courtesy: Canadian Club Whisky