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Spicy whiskey sour in a coupe with a lemon wheel and red chili pepper flakes

Spicy Whiskey Sour – Better than a Lemon Drop

Picture of Heather Wibbels, Cocktail Contessa, pouring a cocktailHeather Wibbels
Let this Spicy Whiskey Sour wake you up and knock you down with its intense lemon flavor, spicy finish, and rounded whiskey notes pulling through each sip. It’s perfect neat, but you can serve it on the rocks if you prefer. As long as you’ve got a spicy garnish to heat it up you’ll love sipping your way through this tipple.
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Course Drinks
Cuisine Bourbon Cocktail
Servings 1


  • 2 oz bourbon – 90-100 proof
  • ½ oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz lemon simple syrup
  • ½ oz orange liqueur (I used Solerno Blood Orange liqueur)
  • 1/4 oz Cynar, or your favorite amaro
  • 3 droppers of Pineapple Serrano bitters
  • Garnish: lemon wheel dusted with chili pepper flakes


  • Combine bourbon, lemon juice, lemon simple syrup, orange liqueur, Cynar and bitters to your shaking tin. Add ice and shake for about 30 seconds. Double strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with a lemon wheel dusted with chili pepper flakes.


**Lemon Simple Syrup:
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • Peels from the fresh lemons you just juiced – just the peel, no pith.
Combine the juice and sugar in a small saucepan on medium heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved and it’s at a very low simmer. Add the lemon peels, stir, and let sit for about 5 minutes on low heat. Turn off the heat and let the whole mixture steep for 45 minutes. Strain out the peels, bottle and refrigerate the lemon simple syrup. It will keep about 2 weeks, a little longer if you add some vodka to it.
Keyword cynar, lemon, lemon drop, Whiskey Sour
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