A whiskey cocktail is a drink mix that has different ingredients and flavors present, with the major ingredient being the whiskey.
Now, it’s all right to drink your whiskey straight, there’s nothing wrong with that – except that it’s boring. Because that one drink has so much potential, and a cocktail with its different tastes and recipes, can make that one glass come alive in your mouth. It affords the drinker the opportunity for all sorts of tastes and experiences in one glass and still gives the kick and satisfaction that’s expected from a straight and pure glass of whiskey.
With a simple, straight glass you can get to your destination in one swig; but with a cocktail there are stops and adventures along the way.
Below I’ve listed a few of such adventures. Come along, explore with me. A lot of these whiskey cocktail recipes are easy and straightforward and have been around for a long, long time; but others require some mixologist type expertise. Also, unless otherwise stated, each recipe is for one serving only.
- Rob Roy Whiskey Cocktail
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
- ¾ ounce Italian vermouth
- 2 ounces blended Scotch whiskey.
Glass type: Cocktail glass.
Pour ingredients into a shaker of cracked ice and shake. After that, strain into a chill cocktail glass and garnish as you would like with a cherry, or perhaps a lemon twist.
- Old fashioned Whiskey Cocktail
As the name implies, this particular cocktail has been around for a long time, at least 200 years. Now if you won’t try this for anything, try it for curiosity or just to honor its age. There has to be a key to its staying power, and I believe it’s in the taste.
- 1 sugar cube
- 3 dashes Angostura bitters
- 2 oz. rye whiskey
- Orange peel
Place your sugar cube in a glass and add a splash of water along with your bitters. Next, crush the sugar thoroughly with a spoon and pour in the whiskey. Add a few cubes of ice to the mix and stir until its chill. Garnish with the orange peel or an orange twist if you prefer.
- Mint Julep Whiskey Cocktail
Traditionally served in silver or pewter cups to maintain optimum frost, butany good old tall glass would do for this mix.
- 2 sugar cubes or ½ ounce simple syrup
- Leaves 4-5 mint sprigs
- Crushed ice (won’t work well with ice cubes)
- 2 ½ ounces bourbon whiskey
- Mint sprig for garnish
Place the mint and sugar or simple syrup into a cup and crush the sugar thoroughly, or in the case of simple syrup, muddle well to release the essence and aroma of the mint. Add the bourbon, stir in the crushed ice until the glass is well chilled and frosty. Garnish with mint sprig.
- Sea Captain’s Special Whiskey Cocktail
- 1 dash Pastis
- 1 dash bitters
- 1 part Rye Whiskey
- Ice cubes
Fill a glass with ice cubes. Next, pour in the Pastis, bitters, and Rye Whiskey. Top it with your favorite Champagne, and you’re good to sail.
- Suburban Cocktail Whiskey Cocktail
With three very major and potent ingredients, this cocktail has been described as a big drink in a small glass. It is definitely a drink to bring out the adventure you seek for in a cocktail.
- Angostura bitters
- 1 part Port
- 1 part Dark Rum
- 3 parts Bourbon
- Ice cubes
Pour ice cubes in a shaker a quarter of the way. Add the bitters, port, rum, and whiskey one after the other. Close the shaker tightly, and give it a thorough shake for about 10 seconds or so to ensure the ingredients are well mixed together. After that place a few ice cubes in your glass, and pour your blended drink into this. Your suburban cocktail is ready to be served.
- Smoke Signals Whiskey Cocktail
Ingredients (serves 4)
- ½ cup coarsely chopped toasted pecans
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 cups pecan or hickory wood chips
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 6 tablespoons amontillado Sherry
- 10 tablespoons whiskey
- Ice cubes
Line a large pot with heavy duty foil, sprinkle pecan or hickory wood chips over the bottom of the pot and cover it. Ensure the exhaust fan is on high, and heat the pot until smoke begins to form inside.
Fill a 9 by 4, ½ by 3 inch metal loaf pan with ice, place it in the pot and cover it tightly. Smoke the ice for up to 5 minutes, or until it’s just melted. Remove the pan from the heat and cool slightly.
Next, cover the loaf pan tightly with a plastic wrap, and freeze for up to 6 hours or until it’s firm. After that, use an ice pick to cut the ice crosswise into 4 large chunks, wrap tightly in plastic, and keep frozen.
Boil sugar in 1 cup of water in a medium saucepan over high heat and stir until the sugar dissolves. Next, add pecans and reduce the heat to medium. Allow this simmer for up to 12 minutes, or until the syrup tastes like pecans. Strain the syrup of the pecans and then cover and chill the syrup for up to 2 hours, or until it’s cold.
Place 3 tablespoons of pecan syrup, 3 tablespoons Sherry, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and 5 tablespoons of whiskey in a shaker. Fill it with ice cubes, cover tightly, and shake until it’s cold. Divide the mixture between two glasses, and for the remaining two, repeat the mixture and serve all four placing 1 smoked ice chunk in each glass for excellent smoked signals you can be proud of.
- Irish Coffee Whiskey Cocktail
- 6 ounces hot coffee
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 ½ ounces Irish whiskey
- Heavy cream
Place coffee, sugar, and whiskey in a mug and stir until the mixture dissolves. Gently float the cold cream on top, do not stir.
- Bourbon and Tepache Whiskey Cocktail
- ¼ ounce Falernum
- ½ ounce fresh lemon juice
- ¾ ounces Tepache
- 1 ½ ounces bonded Bourbon
- A few dashes of Angostura bitters
- Crushed ice
- An orange twist for garnish
Mix falernum, lemon juice, tepache and bourbon in a shaker, fill the shaker with ice and shake for up to 30 seconds, or until the outside of the shaker is chill and frosty. Strain into a chill glass of crushed ice, top with bitters, and garnish with the orange twist.
- Sazerac Whiskey Cocktail
Ingredients (serves 4)
- 4 teaspoons simple syrup
- 1 cup bourbon
- 2 teaspoons Herbsaint or Pernod
- ½ teaspoon Peychaud’s bitters or Angostura bitters
- Lemon twist
Place ½ teaspoon of Herbsaint or Pernod in each of 4 glasses and swirl to coat the insides of the glasses. Next, fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour in bitters, bourbon, simple syrup, and lemon twist. Cover tightly and shake well to strain into glasses.
- Burnt Sugar Old Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail
Ingredients (serves 4)
- 6 ounces Kentucky bourbon
- 1/3 cup sugar
- Dash of aromatic bitters
- Burnt sugar syrup
- 4 orange twists
For each cocktail place ¾ ounces of burnt sugar syrup, 1 ½ ounce bourbon, and a dash of bitters in a glass. Add a large ice cube, and mix. Line the rim of the glass with the orange twist, before using it as a garnish.
- The Irish Redhead Whiskey Cocktail
- 5-6 ounces of Sprite (could be Ginger Ale or Club soda)
- 1 ounce Grenadine
- 3 ounces Jameson Irish Whiskey
- A squeeze of lemon and lime juice
- Squashed/muddled blackberries and pomegranates (optional)
- Lime twist
For this simple recipe, mix ingredients in a shaker, and serve over ice, garnishing with a lime twist.
- Blood Orange and Bourbon Whiskey Cocktail
- A dash of Angostura bitters
- Splash of sparkling water or ice cubes
- 3-5 tablespoons bourbon
- Orange slices and mint sprigs
With sparkling water, mix ingredients and serve. In the case of ice, shake ingredients vigorously in a shaker full of ice and serve, garnishing with orange slices and mint sprigs.
- Bill Heck’s Old Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail
- 1 lemon wheel
- 1 lime wheel
- 1 orange wheel
- 2 sugar cubes
- 4 dashes of Angostura bitters
- 1 maraschino cherry
- ½ teaspoon grenadine
- ¼ cup bourbon or rye whiskey
- Club soda
- Ginger ale
Place sugar cubes in a glass and add bitters along with citrus wheels, grenadine and cherry. Mash it all up with a spoon or muddler to release the flavors. Next, add bourbon, fill the glass with ice cubes, and stir. Top with equal parts of ginger ale and club soda.
- Blackberry Smash Whiskey Cocktail
- ½ small red plum, peeled and diced (could be more)
- 6-8 mint torn mint leaves
- 5 blackberries
- ½ ounce Cointreau
- ½ ounce simple syrup
- 2 ounces whiskey
Combine mint, plum, blackberries and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker and mash all together until broken up. Shake thoroughly up to 12 seconds. Strain into a glass filled with ice and garnish with sprig mint and a slice of plum. Our cocktail has come alive.
Drop me a comment if you need any help with above whiskey recipes.