The Diamondback (Original Cocktail Lounge)
This cocktail originally developed at the Diamondback Lounge in Maryland, and was made with yellow Chartreuse. This liqueur combines over 130 herbs, plants, and flowers, so to call it complex is an understatement.
While it is more common to see the Diamondback made with green Chartreuse, which carries higher alcohol content, the yellow version is sweeter and milder. Give both versions of these underrated whiskey cocktails you should know a try to see which you like best.
1½ ounce rye whiskey
¾ ounce applejack
¾ ounce yellow Chartreuse
Shake all ingredients with ice until cold; strain over ice in a rocks glass, garnish with mint.
A hot toddy is pretty common place, especially around the holidays, but this cold version is perfect as a summer BBQ cocktail. This cocktail is one of the underrated whiskey cocktails you should know, easy to prepare, and you can enjoy before dinner or as a digestif.
2 ounces of rye whiskey
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon honey
1 ounce cold water
Shake all ingredients with ice until cold; strain over ice in a rocks glass, garnish with a cinnamon stick.
Espresso Old Fashioned
This recipe comes courtesy of the Maverick Whiskey Distillery. It’s a warm pick-me-up combining caffeine and alcohol – what can go wrong? Add it to your list of the underrated whiskey cocktails you should know.
1 ounce bourbon or rye whiskey
1 double shot espresso (about 2 ounces), room temperature
.25 ounce simple syrup
A dash of Peychaud’s bitters
1-inch slice of lemon peel
Mix in a shaker with ice. Stir and strain into a lowball glass. Garnish with a twist
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This is another older cocktail that doesn’t get ordered nearly as often as it should. Maybe because adding egg white to cocktails has gone slightly out of fashion since it first created by the bar of the same name in 1896.
Nonetheless, it is one of the underrated whiskey cocktails you should know. The recipe comes straight out of the 1917 copy of The Ideal Bartender.
1 ounce raspberry syrup
3 ounces dry gin
1.5 ounces French Vermouth
Shake well, strain into cocktail glass and serve.