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Winter Whiskey Sour

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Last Updated on June 8, 2023 by Leah Hall

These pistachio cocktails are sure to please for the holidays, or all winter long!


We do believe that cocktails should have a fair amount of booze, maybe some sugar, and we love the idea of using super foods in them too! Super foods such as pistachios, can make your cocktails “better” for you, right?

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Pistachio Cocktail

Maybe it was because pistachio cocktails don’t appear on menus often in our experience, maybe it’s the fact that the shelled nut is one of our favorite snacks? Or, maybe it’s just that we haven’t used this ingredient in a cocktail and are very excited to share this recipe with you.

Pistachio cocktails being strained into glass

Pistachios are heart-healthy, have antioxidants, are an excellent source of fiber and they make a pretty tasty cocktail, too! We wanted to use whole pistachios in our simple syrup, and wanted a rich flavor of the nut for sure. 

Pistachio cocktails being poured into glass

There have been a few pistachio cocktails that have been popping up in our research lately, so we wanted to check out this trend! Nuts have always been a great bit of flavor in cocktails, such as our Peanut Butter and Jelly Old Fashioned!

Creamy cocktail in tall glass, tan layer and white layer, pistachios on wood table

What Ingredients are Needed for the Winter Whiskey Sour?

  • Whiskey
  • Lemon Juice
  • Pistachio Simple Syrup
  • Green Chartreuse
  • Egg White

creamy cocktail in tall glass, tan layer and white layer

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We started out with a 12 year aged whiskey that was dark and rich and brought a lot to the party for sure. We ended up with a fun little whiskey sour from this base liquor. To the whiskey we added green chartreuse, lemon juice and the pistachio simple syrup. First thing we thought of was winter and the warming flavors and spices that were in this cocktail.

Layered cocktail in tall glass, tan layer and white layer, pistachios on wood table

Egg white was then added and shaken up with the cocktail. Egg whites are important in cocktails because they soften the citrus and join the other flavors. We find it gives it texture, almost a velvety finish, and who doesn’t like to look at that foamy decadent top?

We sure do, and hope you do too!

Layered white cocktail in tall glass, tan layer and white layer top

Cheers to these pistachio cocktails!


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Winter Whiskey Sour

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This winter whiskey sour is a great pistachio version for the cold months and perfect for celebrating the holidays with a great cocktail as well!


Winter Whiskey Sour

  • 2 ounces 12 year aged American Whiskey
  • .50 ounce green Chartreuse
  • .50 ounce lemon juice
  • .5 ounce pistachio simple syrup
  • egg white

Pistachio Simple Syrup

  • 2 Tablespoons shelled, crushed pistachios
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water


Winter Whiskey Sour

  1. Combine all ingredients in shaker. Don't add ice.
  2. Shake 15-20 seconds.
  3. Add in some ice, shake for another 30 seconds.
  4. Shake and strain into coupe glass. Top with pistachios if desired.

Pistachio Simple Syrup

  1. Combine sugar and water in small saucepan on medium heat.
  2. Bring to a simmer, don't boil.
  3. Add in pistachios and let infuse for 15 minutes.
  4. Strain out pistachios and store syurp in fridge for up to 2 weeks.

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Nutrition Information:



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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 238Total Fat: .2gSodium: 46mgCarbohydrates: 12.5gFiber: .1gSugar: .6gProtein: 3.7g

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