The world of whisky is something extremely unique and unbelievably deep due to the fact that this is an old drink and something that we can mix with a lot of other beverages to create a fun and interesting flavor. Thanks to its unique taste, the notion of the best whiskey drinks has been constantly expanding with new things. This doesn’t mean that whisky isn’t good by itself; however, it can be made even better when mixed with other drinks, be those alcoholic or non-alcoholic. That said, the list of great whisky cocktails is expanding as well. Keep in mind though that whisky is a delicate drink and should not be mixed with everything. There are recipes that have been tried by millions and liked by everyone who values the right whisky cocktail experience.
Best whiskey cocktails generally combine the drinks that are known as whiskey go-to’s. People who are whiskey enthusiasts should always try these classic whiskey cocktails to keep their palate and their heart happy. After all, sometimes a tiny bit of change is a good thing. In this article, we will discuss the eight best whisky cocktails; the classic whisky cocktails that every man and woman should know and taste.
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The Old-Fashioned cocktail is the simplest way to spruce up whisky with small touches. Old-Fashioned is made with an orange slice, sugar, a splash of soda and bitters. It’s perfect for every occasion. This simple whisky cocktail is an excellent and very classical way of drinking this rich-tasting beverage. Old-Fashioned is one of those classic whiskey cocktails that also inspired many other old-school cocktails with added alcohols. So, those looking to taste the best whisky cocktails without prior experience should definitely start with Old-Fashioned since it is one of the oldest and most favored ones out there.
2. Manhattan Cocktail
Manhattan Cocktail is one of the most famous whisky cocktails, with rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters included in it. It’s no secret that the Manhattan Cocktail is a true icon among the whiskey drinks and there’s hardly a connoisseur of drinks with whiskey who hasn’t already tried the Manhattan. For some people, Manhattan Cocktail is the gin to a martini, inseparable and very famous. Those interested in trying new whisky drinks definitely can’t go wrong with this one.
3. John Collins
John Collins is not special to the whisky world as there’s the entire Collins family of cocktails with different alcohols to try out. However, since we are talking about amazing whisky cocktails, John Collins is one of the finest whiskey drinks that simply has to be on this list. Adding club soda to the whiskey sour creates the world-famous John Collins. As it’s not that hard to make, it has become one of the go-to drinks with whiskey for many people. After all, John Collins is rather refreshing and a wonderful happy hour drink that comes without the overly heavy whiskey feeling.
4. Vieux Carre
Vieux Carre is one of the divine complex recipes of the best whisky drinks. The mentioned cocktails are rather common and well-known, but Vieux Carre is a different type of whisky cocktail that may as well be the underground choice among the drinks with whiskey. Made with cognac, sweet vermouth, two different styles of bitters, rye whiskey and Benedictine, Vieux Carrerye is extremely complex, and hard to love because of its specific flavor. This cocktail is originally from New Orleans and is known as a legendary New Orleans cocktail. When in the mood for something different with a significant punch, Vieux Carre is the way to go.
Highball is a rather simple whisky cocktail that makes the drinking time very enjoyable and refreshing. It can be served with all types of whiskeys, so it’s really difficult to miss the spot with this one. This is a two-ingredient cocktail: a combination of the whisky itself and ginger ale. Ginger ale is one of the best drinks to pair with whiskey. It’s also possible to add a club soda to boost the refreshing feel of the cocktail. Highball is definitely one of the whiskey cocktails staples.
6. Fancy Whiskey Cocktail
Kind of an unbelievable yet amazing cocktail is Fancy Whiskey Cocktail. As it’s rather clear from its name, this one is not an easy cocktail to make, and some people might even feel a bit unsure about the list of the ingredients. Namely, Fancy Whiskey Cocktail is made with orange liqueur, bitters and sugar. These may not sound as appealing in theory, but in action, they create one of the most delightful whisky cocktails. After all, there’s a reason why Fancy Whiskey Cocktail has been many people’s favorite for over a century across the globe.
Sazerac is another whisky cocktail that includes alcohol aside from the actual whiskey in its mix. There aren’t many classic whisky cocktails that have alcohol in them because whisky itself is already strong. But some of the alcoholic beverages are good whiskey pairings. Sazerac has sugar, bitter, and anise, liqueur-like absinthe. Sazerac tastes the best with rye whiskey so that the spicy rye can accentuate other ingredients and bring out a truly awesome flavor. Maybe not so much a happy hour drink but definitely a top-quality personal choice, Sazerac may as well charm its way through other cocktails with its hardened spirit.
8. Irish Coffee
Now for something completely different! Avid coffee drinkers who enjoy the rich taste of whiskey can effectively combine their two favorite beverages into the so-called Irish Coffee. This cocktail is especially rewarding during the colder winter nights after a nice meal. The actual process of making this cocktail is far from complex; all we need to do is mix our coffee with Irish whiskey, add some brown sugar, and a touch of whipped cream. Voila! There’s nothing quite like a glass of Irish Coffee to spice up the romantic or cozy nights by the fireplace.
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