A well-balanced whiskey cocktail is a thing of beauty. While many lesser cocktails exist to hide the taste of the spirit, whiskey cocktails are enhanced by the robust, intricate flavors found in even bottom-shelf whiskeys.
From sweet to sour to spicy to smoky to bitter to savory and everything in-between, a whiskey drink can run the gamut of flavors and invigorate the palate in countless ways—a veritable feast for the senses!
Whether you’re hosting a whiskey tasting or bachelor party or just treating yourself to something special after a long day, it pays to have a solid repertoire of whiskey drink recipes in mind and ready to put into action whenever the notion should arise.
Shaken or stirred? We’ve provided the recipes—it’s up to you to decide how you want to mix them. Here are ten stellar whiskey drinks anyone can make with ease.
The classic whiskey sour is deliciously sweet and tart, yet it still allows the whiskey’s flavors to show. It’s a great choice for beginner whiskey drinkers, as the flavor profile isn’t quite as mature as others on the menu.
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That said, a well-made whiskey sour is a wonderful choice, especially on a hot summer day. Nailing the balance is crucial, so measure with care!
- 1 ounces bourbon whiskey
- ¾ ounce lemon juice (fresh)
- ¾ ounce simple syrup
- 1 maraschino cherry for garnish
- ½ orange wheel for garnish
A tried-and-true potion for nipping a hangover in the bud, Irish coffee combines two of the finest beverages into one powerful concoction.
There are many different variations out there, so have some fun experimenting with ingredients to find the perfect Irish coffee. Here’s a simple yet highly effective recipe to get you started.
- 1 cup of your preferred brand of freshly brewed coffee
- 1 jigger of your favorite Irish whiskey
- 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
- Whipped heavy cream to top