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.
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.
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.