Tennessee Whiskey Sour

Jordan Rogers

Director of Culinary Operations, Vanderbilt University Campus Dining

This Tennessee Whiskey Sour cocktail recipe, created by the Vanderbilt University culinary team, is featured in the Nashville Food Waste Initiative and James Beard Foundation Waste Not Cooking Demo, in partnership with Mayor Cooper’s Food Saver Challenge. Also featured is the Butternut Squash Salad and Roasted Cauliflower with Butternut Squash and Pepita Macha.


Pineapple Core Ice Cubes:

  • 1 Pineapple

Sour Mix

  • 1 lb diced pineapple core
  • 2 oz sugar
  • 2 oz water
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 3/4 oz lemon pulp (seeds
  • removed)
  • 1 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz ginger peel

Tennessee Whiskey Sours

  • 4 oz sour mix
  • 2 oz whiskey of your choice
  • 1 mint stem
  • 1 cup ice
  • 3 pineapple core ice cubes


To make the pineapple core ice cubes: cut the pineapple core in to 1-inch cubes and place them in the freezer on pan lined with wax paper pan for a minimum of 1 hour. Save the scraps for the sour mix.

To make the sour mix: blend all ingredients in a strong blender until puréed smooth. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer, being sure to squeeze the moisture out. The yield should be around 14 fluid ounces

Assemble the drink: add the sour mix, whiskey, mint stem, and ice to a shaker and shake well for 30 seconds. Strain the liquid into a rocks glass with the 3 pineapple core ice cubes and enjoy.


1 cocktail