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Fruity Strawberry Whiskey Sour Recipe for Summer


This Strawberry Whiskey Sour recipe is fruity and flavorful! A whiskey sour can be super refreshing! And when you add strawberries and some fresh herbs this whiskey cocktail becomes perfect as a summer drink.

A wine glass holding a whiskey sour cocktail.
Let’s make a Strawberry Whiskey Sour.

To make this Strawberry Whiskey Sour recipe I was sent a tiny bottle of Magnus Scotch.

A Summer Whiskey Sour recipe to try now

If you’ve never tried a Strawberry Whiskey Sour, now’s your chance.

You may not think about whiskey when putting together your summer cocktail recipes. But you need to!

This strawberry whiskey cocktail is so easy and delicious. It’s a nice, fruity twist on a classic cocktail recipe.

As I’ve mentioned before, whiskey is something that is included in holiday celebrations with my husband’s family. And we’ve started to make more whiskey sours at home.

Related: Scotch Mule Recipe

This summer whiskey sour is one I’ll be making until the weather cools down (which, here in California, is pretty much into January. :))

But I should note: this isn’t your day drinking, sipping around the pool, type of cocktail. This is a warm summer night on the patio cocktail.

The lemon and strawberry keep it bright. But the Magnus is a Scotch, and its smoky flavor keeps it complex. Refreshing, yes. But best when sipped and enjoyed slowly.


Ingredients on a cutting board to make a strawberry whiskey sour.
What you need to make a whiskey sour with strawberries.

Fresh strawberries and fresh thyme add a real freshness that is key to this summer whiskey cocktail.

You can also use marjoram, oregano, and just about any other kind of fresh herb if you don’t have the thyme.

The Magnus scotch has a really smokey flavor. I love how it pairs with the strawberries but if you find it too bold, just swap it out for your favorite whisky or bourbon.

Fresh lemon juice and simple syrup (make your own, use store-bought or use this cheater simple syrup in a pinch) help to balance the flavors and make this super sippable.

The little bit of club soda makes this super refreshing with just a touch of fizz.

How to Make a Strawberry Whiskey Sour

Woman adding a strawberry to a cocktail shaker.

Step 1

Add strawberries and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker.

I added whole but you could give them a rough chop if you prefer.

Woman adding fresh thyme to a cocktail shaker.

Step 2

Strip the thyme leaves from on sprig into the cocktail shaker.

Fresh herbs can add so much flavor to a drink. I love that they tend to hit your nose first and get you excited for the sip!

Woman using the back of a wooden spoon to muddle a cocktail.

Step 3

Muddle the strawberries, lemon juice and fresh thyme.

Aside from the Magnus, this recipe doesn’t require anything fancy. I even used the back of a wooden spoon to muddle. It’s all about improvising.

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Adding scotch to a cocktail shaker.

Step 4

Add the scotch and simple syrup.

Woman adding a lid to a cocktail shaker.

Step 5

Add ice to the shaker and shake well.

A strawberry split in the middle and sitting as garnish on the side of a wine glass.

Step 6

Strain the whiskey sour with strawberries into a wine glass. I think it looks cute, but you can use any glassware you prefer.

Top with club soda.


I don’t typically go crazy with garnish. A simple strawberry does the trick for this drink.

Woman holding a simple summer cocktail recipe with whiskey and strawberries in a wine glass.

This is the perfect whiskey cocktail for summer! Man, that “e” is really throwing me off!

The Magnus would also be delicious on the rocks when the weather starts to cool down. I think the smoky notes would also go really well with BBQ also (but what doesn’t, amIright?!).

You can find Magnus at BevMo and other liquor retailers.


Like with my other recipes, I like to give you a base and then tell you to make it your own! At first, I used less simple syrup because I don’t love things too sweet, but in this case, because of the fresh lemon juice, you need the simple syrup.

I LOVE fresh herbs so I added more. If you like a more subtle flavor, use less.

If you want even more herb flavor, consider using a flavored simple syrup like my basil simple syrup!

Some cocktail purists might not even consider this a sour, but I totally do.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between whiskey and whisky?

The difference between whiskey vs. whisky? I had to look it up. The Irish spell it with the “e” and the Scots spell it without. And don’t ask about the difference between whiskey and bourbon… All you need to know is that whisky (and whiskey – and really bourbon too) are great for your cocktails no matter what time of year.

What’s the difference between scotch and whiskey?

The ingredients whiskey and scotch are made from are different. You can read all about it in this Eater article. One quick note, scotch is very smoky in flavor compared to most whiskey. It adds a whole other flavor element to cocktails in the same way that mezcal does.

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Make this whisky sour more summery by adding strawberries and fresh thyme!

Whiskey Sour Recipe with Strawberry

Try this Strawberry Whiskey Sour recipe this summer! It's smoky, thanks to the Magnus scotch whiskey and the fresh strawberry and thyme keep it refreshing and delicious!
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Course: cocktails
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 215kcal



  • Muddle strawberry, thyme and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker.
  • Add Magnus, and simple syrup.
  • Add ice and shake well.
  • Strain into wine glass or Collins glass.
  • Top with soda water.
  • Garnish with strawberry and lemon (optional). 


I LOVE fresh herbs so I added more. If you like a more subtle flavor, use less.
If you want even more herb flavor, consider using a flavored simple syrup like my basil simple syrup!
If you don’t have Magnus Scotch Whiskey at home you can use any other scotch, whiskey or bourbon you have. Scotch has a smoky flavor so if you use something else, you will lose that flavor note.


Serving: 1drink | Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.02g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 25mg | Potassium: 93mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg
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