As far as classic cocktails go, it doesn't get much better than a whiskey sour. At least to me, anyway. Just so we are clear though, I am not talking about some bastard child, out of the bottle, high fructose, neon colored abomination. No, no, no. This is not how we do things, and you know it! Bottles taste like chemicals, and they cost more to buy than fresh ingredients. So, unless you are a lazy ass, or a teenager with limited access/funds and bad taste. You have no excuse!
That being said, I am not always a slave to tradition. While I do believe that fresh ingredients and traditional preparation is of the utmost importance when making a proper cocktail. There is nothing wrong with taking a little creative license every once in a while.
Like this, for example.
Mango // Ginger Whiskey Sour
1 oz. Fresh Lemon juice // 1 oz. Simple syrup // 1/2" piece fresh ginger (peeled) // 1/2 Mango (cubed) // 2 oz. Bourbon // Lots o' ice
Cocktail shaker // Muddler // Small mesh strainer
Make simple syrup by combining equal parts water and white sugar in a clean container with a tight fitting lid and shake until combined. Simple Syrup will keep for a long time in fridge.
Place ginger, mango and bourbon in cocktail shaker. Use muddler to mash ingredients together until mango and ginger are totally incorporated. add lemon juice and simple syrup and enough ice to fill the glass. Put on the top and shake vigorously for 30-40 seconds. Strain into glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with mint, if you are trying to impress someone.
These are quite tasty. Drink them with someone who doesn't mind it when you proclaim your love to them over and over.