The Nautical Origins of the Whiskey Sour

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When you’re enjoying fine dining in NH, you need a great drink to go along with it. At Stella Blu, our bartenders create delicious drinks that complement our food. As proud as we are of our original concoctions, there’s something about a classic cocktail that just hits the spot. On August 25th, we’re celebrating one of those drinks: the whiskey sour. This combination of whiskey, lemon juice, and sugar has been around for centuries, and its origins are found aboard ship.

Let’s explore the nautical origins of this classic cocktail and the popular variations on the basic recipe.


A Sailor’s Drink

In the 1800s, sailors would spend months at a time onboard ship. Not only was potable water hard to come by, but they also suffered from scurvy, caused by a lack of vitamin C in their diets. They dealt with their water problems by drinking something that was always safe: whiskey! When the clean water ran out on a long voyage, there was always whiskey to fall back on. To combat scurvy, sailors brought lots of citrus fruits with them, particularly lemons, limes, and oranges. It was only a matter of time before the sailors mixed these two things together, and the whiskey sour was born. Even with modern variations, whiskey and lemon juice are the basic requirements to call a drink a whiskey sour.


Bartenders Put a Twist on It

The beauty of a simple cocktail like the whiskey sour is that there are countless ways bartenders can put their own twist on it. Sometimes you will see a whiskey sour with a foamy texture, made with egg white. Then there is the New York Sour, which dates from the 1870s. This version starts with the basic ingredients of whiskey, lemon juice, and simple syrup, but then it is topped off with a little red wine. The garnishes also vary. Common garnishes are a lemon wedge, an orange wedge, or cherries.


Drinks and Fine Dining in NH at Stella Blu

Whether you prefer the classic whiskey sour or you like your drinks with a twist, Stella Blu is the place to go for great cocktails and fine dining in NH. Have a great meal and savor a hand-crafted cocktail when you visit us in Nashua.


Visit us at 70 East Pearl Street in Nashua for fine dining, tapas, and cocktails!

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