Making cocktails with whiskey at home is a great way to enjoy sharing a drink with family or friends or just to unwind after a long day. It’s good to drink just on the rocks but there are a lot of cocktail recipes that call for whiskey, from the tried and true classics to something new and different. With so many types and brands of whiskey on store shelves, it should be no problem at all to whip up a few of these whiskey cocktails, whether you’re sharing or keeping them all for yourself.
Top Cocktails with Whiskey
If you’re new to drinking whiskey or want to impress someone with some classic cocktails, there are some drinks you should definitely have in your repertoire. Knowing how to make each of them enables you to serve drinks for just about any occasion.
This drink makes good use of Irish whiskey, which comes in all price points. This drink is a mixture of your Irish whiskey of choice, hot coffee and sugar and is topped with a pile of whipped cream. Typically, you drink the coffee through the cream, which helps cool it and adds flavour as you sip. An Irish coffee is traditionally served as an after-dinner drink and is great paired with dessert.
Jack and Coke
Though you can mix most types of whiskey with Coke, this classic cocktail is made with Jack Daniels and Coca Cola. It consists of one ounce of Jack Daniels, poured over ice in a highball glass and topped with Coke. It can be enjoyed with or without a straw and is a great drink for beginner mixologists and a no-brainer for ordering at bars to get a taste of the right ratio of whiskey to Coke.
If you’re looking for something strong, this is the cocktail for you. It’s a forgotten one, but is one of the top cocktails with whiskey at home that you should know how to make. Combine an ounce of bourbon and an ounce of coffee washed rum with a ½-ounce of grain whiskey. Then add some black sugar syrup and a dash of angostura. Serve the drink stirred in a double old-fashioned glass with a twist of orange.
A highball can be made with bourbon, but many people prefer it made with whiskey. This is an easy cocktail to whip up for friends at a party and is a classic that many people haven’t tried. Start by pouring an ounce of your favourite whiskey over ice in a highball glass. Top the whiskey with club soda and stir. If the drink tastes too strong, add a bit more club soda until it reaches the dilution you prefer.
The Golden Dram
If you’ve never heard of this cocktail, it’s likely because it’s not too popular anymore however, it’s one of those classics that should have a comeback and you can help by serving this drink for a special occasion or celebration. Start by placing a sugar cube in a champagne flute and soaking with a few drops of bitters. Pour in a shot of whiskey and then top with Prosecco. This is an ideal cocktail for serving as a pre-dinner drink.
This drink was named after 60s Bowmore scotch, but you can use any kind of scotch whiskey that you like best, though Bowmore makes it more authentic. Start by filling a cocktail mixer with ice. Then pour in 1 ¼-ounce of whiskey, a ½-ounce of vermouth, 2 teaspoons Jagermeister liquor, 1 teaspoon Benedictine liqueur and 1 teaspoon mango liqueur. Stir the mixture very well and pour into a chilled cocktail glass garnished with a twist of grapefruit peel.
If your liquor cabinet is lacking in whiskey options, making these whiskey cocktails is an easy way to see its importance in your collection. In no time at all you’ll gain an affinity of whiskey that you can share with your guests or you might just love it too much to want to share.