Wilderness Whiskey Sour Cocktail Recipe

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A holiday twist on the classic whiskey sour is a Wilderness Sour recipe made with a homemade simple syrup of herbs and spices. It’s a delicious cocktail and perfect for the holiday season!

Whiskey sour made with a homemade honey syrup with herbs and spices.

Cocktails are a staple when it comes to holiday celebrations. They add that extra touch of festivity and bring everyone together in a toast. But why serve the same old cocktails every year? This holiday season, impress your guests with a unique cocktail recipe, The Wilderness Sour.

As the name suggests, Wilderness cocktail whiskey sour celebrates the flavors of nature. It is made with homemade wilderness syrup and has a refreshing twist to it, making it perfect for holiday gatherings.

If you like sour drinks try my vodka sour, and hibiscus gin sour too!

Honey simple syrup with rosemary.

Secret Ingredient: Homemade Wilderness Syrup

The key ingredient in this cocktail is homemade wilderness simple syrup. To make this delicious honey syrup, you will need rose sprigs, juniper berries, bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, allspice, honey and water.

Bring everything to a simmer in a small saucepan until the honey has melted and let it infuse for 20 minutes to an hour. The result is a flavorful syrup that captures the essence of the wilderness

Whiskey sour cocktail recipe with rosemary and spices.

How to Make a Wilderness Sour

Now that your homemade wilderness syrup is ready, it’s time to make the Wilderness Sour. This is a twist on a classic whiskey sour, my all-time favorite whiskey drink. Here’s what you’ll need:

Wilderness Syrup: This gives the cocktail flavor depth, adding natural elements to it

Lemon Juice: Use freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Whiskey: Any bourbon whiskey works, use a decent quality since it’s the main ingredient in the cocktail.

Egg White: This gives the drink the frothy foam on the top. If you’re uncomfortable using raw egg white, you can skip this. There won’t be a super frothy foam but it will still taste delicious.


Shake all the ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker and strain into a glass. Garnish with rosemary or juniper berries for that extra touch of nature.

Tips for Making This Cocktail

  • Shake vigorously for at least 20-30 seconds with ice. This helps dilute the cocktail and aerate the egg white to create a foamy top.
  • If you want a sweeter cocktail, add more wilderness syrup. For a stronger kick, increase the amount of whiskey.
  • Experiment with different types of whiskey to find your favorite combination.
  • Serve chilled and enjoy this unique holiday cocktail with friends and family.
Custom ice cube with rosemary and juniper berries.

Custom Ice Cubes

Adding a custom ice cube to any cocktail adds all the charm. Make large ice cubes with a rosemary sprig and juniper berries. These add charm to the drink, and they’re easy to make!

More Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Also check out more great cocktail recipes our favorite brunch recipes, the best-mixed drinkstequila cocktails, gin cocktails, vodka cocktails, and cheap drinks to make at home!

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Whiskey sour made with a homemade honey syrup with herbs and spices.

Wilderness Whiskey Sour

A fun twist on a classic cocktail, this is made with an evergreen wilderness honey simple syrup! It gives it more flavor and depth.
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Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
5 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Servings: 8 cocktail
Calories: 164kcal
Author: Eden


Honey Wilderness Syrup

  • 3 rosemary sprigs
  • 1 tsp juniper berries
  • 1 tsp whole allspice
  • 3 dried bay leaf
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup water

Wilderness Whiskey Sour

  • 1 ounce wilderness syrup
  • 1 ounce lemon juice, fresh
  • 2 ounces whiskey
  • 1/2 egg white, optional


Wilderness Syrup (serves 8)

  • Bring everything to a simmer in a small saucepan until the honey has melted, for about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let it infuse for 20 minutes to 1 hour. 
    Honey simple syrup with rosemary.

Wilderness Whiskey Sour (makes 1)

  • Add the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake for 20 seconds.
  • Strain over a large ice cube. Garnish with a bay leaf, cinnamon stick, and two juniper berries.


Calories: 164kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 0.5g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.03g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 47mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 28IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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Wilderness whiskey sour.

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