The 10 Most Popular
Whiskey Cocktails

‘Whisky won’t solve your problems. Then again, neither will milk…”

As classy as it is to order a ‘scotch on the rocks,” sometimes a spirit over ice just doesn’t cut it. THat’s why we’ve compiled our list of popular whiskey drinks for you to be inspired by,

These days classic whiskey cocktails have been given a few twists. For example, some people spruce up their drinks by growing weed from these Amnesia feminized seeds and adding it.. More on that later.

Now we’re going to show you how diverse whiskey can be?

Why Put Whiskey into a Cocktail?

Whiskey is a spirit that exudes class, style, and sophistication. It’s a top-shelf drink that, while easily drunk straight, lends itself exceptionally well to cocktails.

Don’t forget this spirit comes in a wide range, including bourbon, rye, and scotch. With this much versatility, the choice is endless. But for now, here is our list of whiskey cocktails you must try this year.

10 Whiskey Cocktails that are So Hot Right Now

From elegant classics to a few modern twists on some firm favorites, there’s something here for everyone.

Classic Highball

This cocktail is as simple as they come. Two oz. of whiskey and 4–6 oz. of club soda or, better yet, ginger ale.

The secret to the best Classic Highball is using top-shelf whiskey. Don’t scrimp here; nothing less than scotch whiskey aged 12 years will suffice.

Why is it called a “highball”? Well, the true story remains a secret; however, historians believe that the bartenders of the 1890s referred to whiskey drinks as “balls.” They were then served in “high” glasses

The Old Fashioned

Since the 1800s, the Old Fashioned is still one of the most popular whiskey drinks ever. Rumor has it this is the oldest known cocktail recipe in the world.

Described as simple, sweet, savory, and smoky, it’s whiskey, a sugar cube, and a couple of dashes of Angostura bitters.

Mint Julep

The Mint Julep is one of the most famous cocktails in history. Originally used medicinally to treat stomach viruses, it became recreational in 1938.

It became the official drink of the Kentucky Derby in 1983. The Mint Julep has been featured in classic literature from Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.

Bourbon is the spirit of choice here; mix it with sugar, water, crushed ice, and of course, muddled mint. Refreshing on a hot summer’s day, and you can still treat your stomach issues with it.

The New Yorker

Remember the Whiskey Sour? The New Yorker is an elevated version. The inclusion of grenadine and sugar removes the tartness of the original.

Use rye whiskey and lime juice. You can’t go wrong with the addition of lemon or orange twists.

Brown Derby

For a flavor explosion, don’t look any further than the Brown Derby. Those who prefer their drinks a little sweeter will love this popular whiskey cocktail.

It begins with whiskey and grapefruit and the secret ingredient: maple syrup! If that all sounds a little sugar-heavy, replace the syrup with honey. But go on, why give the original a try?

John Collins

Not to be confused with its cousin, the Tom Collins (made with gin), this twist on the original works best with bourbon.

Simple syrup, lemon juice, and club soda are all that you need. Add a maraschino cherry for a touch of elegance.

New York Sour

What happens when you mix whiskey with red wine? You get a New York Sour. Originally invented in Chicago, the Big Apple stole it and made it their own.

The flavors complement each other much more than you’d first think. The tart, spicy, and sweet taste of the classy Whiskey Sour is complemented by the fruity acidity of the red wine.


That’s right! We said it out loud. Take this classic to an all-new high by replacing the rum with whiskey.  To really spice it up, look for a brand of whiskey that’s been aged in old rum barrels; they do exist!

Hot Toddy

No list of whiskey drinks would be complete without the Hot Toddy. Not as fattening as hot cocoa; this one really warms you up on those cold nights.

It’s so simple to make, whiskey, honey, lemon, and hot water. Mix and enjoy. For that extra touch, add a cinnamon stick.

Irish Coffee

Sometimes, your morning needs that extra kick-start; adding whiskey to your favorite coffee takes it to the next level.

This drink works best with really strong coffee. Use one shot of whiskey per cup and top it with whipped cream for that extra touch of extravagance. For those who prefer it cold, add ice to a tall glass and pour the mixture over it.

Have You Ever Considered..?

Are you looking for a way to add something extra to your next whiskey cocktail? Consider putting some cannabis in it. It’s a very simple process.

First, decarboxylate your weed (a fancy way of saying: bake the buds at 240°F for 45 minutes) to activate those cannabinoids. Next, mix the cooled nugs with your whiskey of choice; rye works well, and leave to sit for 48 hours.

For the final step, strain the liquid through a cheesecloth, and there you have it: cannabis-infused whiskey. Add that to your next cocktail and enjoy the new experience.

Now that you’re up-to-date on the most popular whiskey cocktails, what one will you try next?

Kyle Kushman is an American writer, educator, activist and award-winning cannabis cultivator and breeder specializing in veganic cultivation.

He is a representative of Homegrown Cannabis CO company, has been a contributor for over 20 years, and has taught courses in advanced horticulture at Oaksterdam University in Oakland, California and across the United States. Kushman also hosts a cannabis podcast called “The Grow Show with Kyle Kushman”.


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