6 Best Virgin Whiskey Sour Mocktail Recipes

Whiskey Sour is a classic cocktail known for its simplicity, balance of flavors, and versatility. But have you heard of (or tasted) a Virgin Whiskey Sour? This non-alcoholic version maintains the balance of sweet and sour flavors found in a traditional whiskey sour while providing a satisfying alternative for those looking to avoid alcohol.

Choosing a good non-alcoholic whiskey substitute is crucial for achieving the familiar whiskey notes without the alcohol content. That’s where I come in. I’ve listed the best Virgin Whiskey Sour mocktail recipes for you to try!

Whiskey Sour Ingredients

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A simple recipe for a non-alcoholic Whiskey Sour involves lemon juice, simple syrup, and a non-alcoholic whiskey alternative, along with your preferred garnishes. The most popular garnishes for this drink are a lemon wedge and/or Maraschino cherry.

Now, let’s try different twists to a Whiskey Sour Mocktail, shall we?

Classic Virgin Whiskey Sour

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Classic Virgin Whiskey Sour

This classic Virgin Whiskey Sour is made using Ritual Whiskey Alternative. The combination of the sweet, smoky, non-alcoholic spirit and the acidic citrus makes for a delightful, guilt-free drink.


  • 2 ounces Ritual Whiskey Alternative
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • .75 ounce simple syrup (equal parts water and sugar)
  • .5 ounce egg white
  • Orange wheel for garnish


  • In a cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients except the orange wheel. Shake vigorously for one minute.
  • Shake with ice until it gets cold.
  • Strain twice into a coupe glass.
  • Add an orange wheel as a garnish.


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Spiritless Whiskey Sour Mocktail

Spiritless is known for making good bourbon since they are from Kentucky. Now, we’re using their Spiritless Kentucky 74 for this Whiskey Sour Mocktail with a bit of a trick – using the liquid from a can of chickpeas as a replacement for egg whites.

Tip: Ginger root grates more easily when it’s frozen.


  • 2 ounces Spiritless Kentucky 74
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ ounce ginger syrup
  • 1 small egg white (optional – you can replace this with the liquid from a can of chickpeas)
  • Cherry, for garnish
  • Orange wheel, for garnish


For the ginger syrup:

  1. One cup of sugar and one cup of water should be simmered until the granules dissolve. 
  2. Stir, turn off the heat, and stir in two teaspoons of grated, unpeeled ginger root. 
  3. Let it cool. Pour in a bit of lemon juice, then filter out any particles. You can keep this refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

For the mocktail:

  1. Blend the ingredients with ice and then strain them into a double rocks glass or highball glass filled with ice. 
  2. Add an orange wheel and a cherry as a garnish.

Lyre’s Vegan Amaretti Sour

Lyre’s Amaretti Sour is meant for people who enjoy drinks with a hint of sweetness and a hint of sourness but always with a cherry on top. Additionally, it has a slight almond and egg white flavor, which somewhat contradicts the overall sweet-sour comparison.


  • 75mL Lyre’s Amaretti
  • 15mL lemon juice
  • 5mL white sugar syrup (1:1)
  • 10mL egg white (vegan egg-free alternative – replace with chickpea juice)
  • 3 dashes aromatic bitters


  1. Shake vigorously with ice, filter, then add more fresh cubed ice to the glass.

Tea-Infused Whiskey Sour Mocktail

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Try this non-alcoholic Whiskey Sour, which has a bourbon-like flavor thanks to the addition of Assam leaf tea. It’s every bit as amazing as the real deal.


For the tea infusion:

  • 1 teaspoon Assam tea leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

For the mocktail:

  • 25ml lemon juice
  • ½ egg white 
  • ¾ tablespoon sugar syrup, or to taste
  • ice cubes
  • 1 lemon slice and 1 cocktail cherry (for garnish)


For the tea infusion:

  1. Pour 150ml of boiling water from the kettle over the tea leaves in a heatproof jug or teapot. 
  2. Immediately strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a second heatproof jug, discarding the tea leaves to prevent the tea from getting too strong. 
  3. After adding the vanilla, let it cool.

For the mocktail:

  1. Transfer 50ml of the chilled tea infusion into a cocktail shaker and top it off with a dollop of ice, lemon juice, egg white, and sugar syrup. Shake the shaker until it feels cold on the outside.
  2. To serve the mocktail like a traditional whiskey sour, strain it into a tumbler filled with ice and top it with a cocktail cherry and a slice of lemon.

Non-Alcoholic Earl Grey Sour

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Another tea-infused Whiskey Sour in our list – the Non-Alcoholic Earl Grey Sour. The bergamot tones from the Earl Grey go very well with the Seedlip Spice 94. It’s safe to say that this frothy, non-alcoholic beverage will be a hit because of the harmony of acidic pomegranate juice and the sweetness of maple syrup.


  • 2 ounces Earl Grey tea, brewed and chilled
  • 1 ounce Seedlip Spice 94 or your preferred non-alcoholic spirit
  • ½ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ounce maple syrup
  • 1 egg white
  • ½ ounce pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup ice
  • Loose earl grey tea leaves to garnish


  1. Combine brewed Earl Grey tea, Seedlip Spice 94, lemon juice, maple syrup, egg white, and pomegranate juice in a cocktail shaker. Give it a shake for at least ten seconds.
  2. Shake again after adding ice to ensure it’s fully chilled.
  3. Pour into a cold coupe glass.
  4. Enjoy with a few loose Earl Grey tea leaves as a garnish!

Non-Alcoholic Whiskey Sour Slush

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This may be my favorite way to drink a Virgin Whiskey Sour, particularly during summer. I love non-alcoholic frozen drinks, so discovering how to make this non-alcoholic Whiskey Sour Slush is like a golden pot at the end of the rainbow!


  • 1 can (12 ounces) frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • ½ can (12 ounces) frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • ¾ cup lemon juice
  • 1 (2-liter) bottle lemon-lime soda
  • Lemon slices, for garnish


  1. Mix every ingredient thoroughly.
  2. Freeze for eight hours.
  3. Stir until fully combined and slushy before serving.

Drink Whiskey Sour Mocktails

Indulge in the timeless charm of Whiskey Sour Mocktails – a blend of zesty lemon, sweet, simple syrup, and the rich essence of non-alcoholic whiskey substitutes. Whether you’re abstaining from alcohol or simply looking for a sophisticated beverage, a non-alcoholic whiskey sour is a great choice.

Experimenting with different non-alcoholic whiskey alternatives and adjusting the sweetness to your liking allows you to customize the drink to suit your taste preferences. It was great trying out the Virgin Whiskey Sour Mocktails above, and I think you should experience that, too!

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Virgin Whiskey Sour FAQs

What can I use instead of whiskey in a mocktail?

For a non-alcoholic version of a Whiskey Sour or any mocktail, you can substitute whiskey with a quality non-alcoholic whiskey alternative. Brands like Seedlip Grove 42, Ritual Zero Proof Whiskey Alternative, and others provide familiar whiskey flavors without the alcohol content.

What makes a virgin whiskey sour taste sour?

The sourness in a Whiskey Sour comes from adding fresh lemon juice. The tartness of the lemon juice balances the sweetness from the simple syrup and complements the robust flavors of the whiskey alternative.

Why are Virgin Whisky Sours so good?

Virgin Whiskey Sours are considered classic and beloved non-alcoholic cocktails for several reasons. The combination of the whiskey substitute’s complex and robust flavors with the bright acidity of fresh lemon juice creates a well-balanced profile that appeals to a wide range of palates. The addition of simple syrup provides sweetness, contributing to the overall harmony of flavors.

What drinks are similar to Whiskey Sour?

Here are some non-alcoholic drinks similar to a Virgin Whiskey Sour:
– Apple Sour Mocktail
– Citrus Sparkler
– No-Groni
– Ginger Lemon Fizz
– Cranberry Citrus Splash

These non-alcoholic alternatives offer a similar balance of sweet and sour flavors while providing a refreshing and enjoyable experience without the alcohol.