Low-Sugar, Low-Calorie Whiskey Sour Cocktail

Whiskey Sour

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Total Time: 5 min
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 0 min
Servings: 1

Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

112 calories
0g fat
2g carbs
0g protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving  
Calories 112
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 1g  
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 0g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 2mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 32mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Whiskey sours date back to the 1860s and were a common drink among sailors who drank spirits when water was in short supply. Lemons or limes were added to the drink to prevent scurvy, which was common among sailors, and water and sugar were added for taste. 

Today, you can buy a premade whiskey sour mix. The only problem with these powdered or bottled sour mixes is that they come with a whole lot of sugar. Fortunately, you can swap out the premade drinks and replace them with a simple, delicious low-sugar and low-carb whiskey sour made all on your own. 


  • 1.5 ounces whiskey
  • 1.5 ounces lemon juice
  • 1.5 ounces water
  • 1 packet stevia
  • 1 slice lemon, for garnish


  1. Put the ingredients in a cocktail shaker half-full of ice. Shake well.

  2. Strain into a glass (rocks glass, sour glass, martini glass, or whichever glass you prefer).

  3. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Variations and Substitutions

Whiskey sours are traditionally made with bourbon, but any kind of blended whiskey will work. If you love the taste of this cocktail but prefer not to consume alcohol, consider using a zero-proof whisky alternative.

Cooking and Serving Tips

  • If you don't have a lemon on hand, use a lime wedge, an orange slice, or a decorative spiral orange peel.
  • Many people who enjoy this cocktail also add a pop of color by topping the drink with a maraschino cherry. But keep in mind that a maraschino cherry adds 1.9 grams of sugar to the drink and about 8 calories.

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  1. Harrison M. Scurvy on sea and land: Political economy and natural history, c . 1780– c . 1850Journal for Maritime Research. 2013;15(1):7-25. doi:10.1080/21533369.2013.783167

By Laura Dolson
Laura Dolson is a health and food writer who develops low-carb and gluten-free recipes for home cooks.