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Frisco Sour

This variation of the classic whiskey sour cocktail uses Benedictine D.O.M. French liqueur as its sweetener along with the traditional whiskey sour ingredients. The cocktail is as interesting as it’s name. For the citrus part of the drink, both lime and lemon juice is used as opposed to using only the lemon juice in the classic cocktail. The richness of the whiskey works well with the herbal aromas and flavors of the Benedictine liqueur which is complemented beautifully by the tartness of the lemon and the lime. 

A little history though! The Frisco Sour is a variation, also, of a simpler Frisco cocktail. Yes, no sour and only Benedictine and whiskey with some ice. The original Frisco cocktail found its first mention in 1934 in Boothby’s World Drinks and How to Mix ’em. The original cocktail never really took off and subsequently a more refreshing sour version of the same using lemon came up to give us the drink as it is today!

Benedictine Liquor : 

The Benedictine history brings up serenity and mystery. Wondering how these feelings are associated with a liqueur? It’s because  the Benedictine story begins with a monk named Dom Bernardo Vincelli in 1510 France who documented medicinal liqueurs in his manuscripts. The sweet and herbal Benedictine liqueur comes from there. It is said to be made with 27 herbs, spices and peels and the recipe is a top secret!

Benedictine is one unique liqueur with interesting taste notes. The Benedictine D.O.M. is characterized by light herbal aromas and a dominating sweet honey flavor with a soft and lingering finish. Whiskey and Benedictine make up for a beautiful combination and are used together in many cocktails. The liqueur can be consumed straight with some ice cubes or mixed into cocktails like this one.


  • Bourbon or rye whiskey – 3 ounces
  • Fresh lemon juice- 1 ounce
  • Fresh lime juice – 1 ounce
  • Benedictine D.O.M. liqueur – 1 ounce 
  • 1 Egg white (optional)
  • Ice cubes and lemon wedge for garnish.


  1. Throw the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with some ice and shake firmly until the shaker is cold from outside.
  2. If using the egg white, dry shake the ingredients first and then shake again with some ice.
  3. Strain the drink in your cocktail glass.
  4. Add some ice and garnish with the lemon wedge.

Additional Tip : Always taste before serving to maintain the balance of flavors in the cocktail. Too much citrus could make it too tart while too much Benedictine can result in a drink too sweet. 


A Frisco Sour can be prepared with rye whiskey or a high proof, good quality bourbon. Check out our full list of whiskey recommendations to make your pick. Or give the following ones a try :

  • Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey ($27.99) offers rich rye forward taste at an affordable price. The fruity and grainy aromas of this whisky provide a great mouthfeel.
  • Bulleit Rye ($32.99) has bold flavors centered around oak, brown sugar, spice and molasses. Bulleit is one popular whiskey brand and is sure to leave a lasting impression on your palate.
  • Old Potrero Single Malt Rye Whiskey ($69.99) is used by Jim Meehan in his recipe for the frisco sour in The PDT Cocktail Book. This one offers a lasting finish and fruity notes combined with caramel and oak.

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