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Welcome to the Whiskey Cocktail Recipe Guide

Here you will find the world’s most popular and easy to make whiskey cocktails


INTERESTING FACT: Whiskey cocktail recipes generally recommend a lowball glass. Go to our Cocktail Glass Guide for more on cocktail glasses.

“Whisky” (without the “e”) comes from Scotland or Canada. Almost all other “whiskeys” come from elsewhere. We use the two interchangeable, but each recipe gives an indication which whiskey is preferred. Where it does not, any whiskey can be used. Then again, any whiskey can be used at any time – as always we recommend you experiment with flavours.

Whisky is rich in flavour and taste. The classic Cocktail Manhattan uses whisky as its base ingredient.

With so many whiskeys available, on the market, one cannot be expected to carry nearly a representative collection in your home or commercial bar. Cocktail Mixing Master recommends a fairly priced blended whisky, like Bell’s or J&B, for cocktail mixing. Also, keep a bottle of boubon whiskey like Jack Daniel's.


TIP: Check out our Cocktail Mixing Guide for an explanation of the terms used on this page.

Here are the whisky cocktail recipes carefully selected by Cocktail Mixing Master:

Cocktail Manhattan

COCKTAIL MANHATTAN*

A classic pre-dinner drink. Sometimes referred to as a “Manhattan Dry”.

Ingredients:
Ice cubes
2 parts whiskey (Canadian or bourbon preferred)
1 part dry vermouth
4 dashes Angostura bitters

Glass:Martini

Preparation:Stir the ingredients and strain into the glass.

Garnish:Cocktail cherry.

Variant: serve on ice in a low ball glass. Split the part dry vermouth into 0.5 parts dry and sweet vermouth each to create a “Manhattan Perfect”.


COMFORTABLE SCREW

This is a variant of the “Slow Comfortable Screw” (see our Vodka Cocktail Recipe Guide ), where the vodka and gin is not added.

Ingredients:
Ice cubes
1 part Southern Comfort
Orange juice

Glass:Lowball

Preparation:Shake the ingredients with and strain into the glass.

Garnish: Banana slice. This brings out the fruity aroma of the Southern Comfort.

Southern Comfort is an orange and peach flavoured whiskey from the USA. Also a very versatile mixed drinks ingredient.


NEW YORK COCKTAIL

Ingredients:
Ice cubes ice
2 parts whiskey (Canadian preferred)
1 part lime juice
0.5 parts sugar syrup or a teaspoon of fine sugar

Glass:Low ball

Preparation:Shake the ingredients and strain into the ice-filled glass.

Garnish:Usually none


Old Fashioned Cocktail

OLD FASHIONED COCKTAIL*

Great old classic. The sugar goes well with the whisky.

Ingredients:
Ice cubes
2 parts bourbon
Cube of sugar or a 0.25 part sugar syrup
2 dashed Angostura bitters
Soda water

Glass:Lowball

Preparation:Stir the bourbon and bitters with a few ice cubes and the sugar. Add just enough soda water to dissolve the sugar. Add more ice if required.

Garnish: Orange slice and/or lemon twist and cocktail cherry.

Vary the bourbon with Scotch whiskey to make a “Scotch Old Fashioned”.


HAIR OF THE DOG

There is a belief that you will be cured by “the hair of the dog that bit you”. It’s often used in relation to hangovers i.e. take more alcohol to sooth a hangover. This drink is indeed a good cure for hangovers as far as the “hair of the dog” is good for you. See our Hangover Cures Guide for more.

Ingredients:
Ice cubes
2 parts whisky (Scotch preferred)
2 parts cream or full cream milk
3 teaspoons honey

Glass:Martini

Preparation:Shake the ingredients and strain into the glass.


WHISKEY SOUR*

A popular pre-dinner drink.

Ingredients:
Ice cubes
4 parts whiskey (bourbon preferred)
3 parts lemon juice
1.5 parts sugar syrup
1 dash egg white (optional)

Glass:Lowball

Preparation:Shake the ingredients with and strain into the glass.

Garnish: Orange slice and cocktail cherry.


THREE RIVERS

This is an international drink invented in Canada. It’s original French name is “Trois Rivieres”.

Ingredients:
Ice cubes
2 parts whiskey (Canadian preferred)
1 part Dubonnet (vermouth also works)
1 part triple sec

Glass:Lowball

Preparation:Shake the ingredients and strain into the glass.

Garnish: Orange slice or serve ungarnished.


ROB ROY*

Professional bartenders will lead you to believe that you cannot make this cocktail with something else than real Scotch whiskey. But, then, you know better than that.

Ingredients:
Ice cubes
2 parts whiskey (Scotch preferred)
2 parts sweet vermouth (you can also try red vermouth)
2 dashed Angostura bitters

Glass:Lowball

Preparation:Stir the ingredients in the glass.

Garnish: Twist of orange.

A perfect drink for St. Andrew’s Day (30 November).


LEPRECHAUN

We recommend you make this one strong.

Ingredients:
Ice cubes
2 or 3 parts whiskey (Irish preferred)
Tonic water

Glass:Highball

Preparation:Pour the whiskey over ice in the glass and top up with tonic water.

Garnish: Lemon peel.


GOD FATHER*

A popular after dinner drink.

Ingredients:
Ice cubes
1 part whisky
1 part Amaretto
A teaspoon of sugar syrup

Glass:Lowball

Preparation:Pour the ingredients into the ice-filled glass and stir gently.

Garnish:Serve ungarnished

Replace the whisky with vodka to create a “God Mother”.


SILENT THIRD

A sour sharp whisky cocktail.

Ingredients:
Ice cubes
2 parts whisky
2 parts triple sec
lemon juice

Glass:Martini

Preparation:Shake the ingredients and stain into the glass.

Garnish:Serve ungarnished or with a slice of orange



Check in frequently as we update the and expand the cocktail recipes often.

*Cocktails marked with an * are official International Bartenders Association (IBA) cocktails. In some cases the recipes here do not correspond exactly with that of the IBA.


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