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10 Whiskey Cocktails to Make at Home Now

New York Sour. Image: Tim Nusog

Bourbon, rye, scotch, Japanese, Irish—the world of whiskey is a wide one, with each distinct variation bringing something new to the table and to your cocktail. Whether you prefer it subdued with fruit or as a smoky and spirit-forward star, there’s a whiskey drink for you. Try one of these 10 whiskey cocktails now.

  • Godfather

    Tim Nusog

    We’re going to make you a cocktail you can’t refuse. This classic 1970s-era drink is traditionally made with equal parts blended scotch or bourbon and almond liqueur, but this version dials back the sweetness by using two ounces of whiskey and only a quarter ounce of amaretto.

  • Sir Hayden’s Smash

    Basil Hayden’s bourbon gets a springy upgrade in this sweet and sour smash. Muddle blackberries and mint with simple syrup in a cocktail shaker, then add the bourbon, Amaro CioCiaro and lemon juice. Shake and serve over crushed ice in a wine glass.

  • Green Tea Highball

    Tim Nusog

    Take teatime to the other side of the world, and get your buzz on while you’re at it. Japan’s two most famous beverages, whisky and green tea, make the perfect pair. Mix Japanese whisky with cooled green tea in a Collins glass, then top with soda water. Garnish with a maple leaf candy for a bonus hit of light sweetness.

  • Duck Fat Sour

    Duck-fat-infused dry orange curaçao is well worth the effort when it’s used in this cocktail. Shake rye whiskey, curaçao, lemon juice, simple syrup and an egg white until frothy, then pour into an absinthe-rinsed cocktail glass. Garnish with cranberry bitters and cinnamon.

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  • Crimson King

    Step up your normal Boulevardier with dark cherries and bitter coffee liqueur. Rye whiskey, Campari liqueur and Punt e Mes vermouth are the perfect base for Heering cherry liqueur and St. George NOLA coffee liqueur. When mixed together, the ingredients create a cocktail that’s deeply alluring and perfectly complex.

  • Old Oscar Tea

    Full-bodied bourbon stars in this refreshing tipple. Stir it together with ice, homemade roasted barley ginger tea, fino sherry, Yellow Chartreuse, sorghum syrup and Bittercube Jamaican #1 bitters until chilled. Strain and serve over fresh ice.

  • Scofflaw

    While the citizens of the U.S. were suffering through Prohibition, Parisians were busy inventing cocktails like this sweet-and-sour, spirit-forward tipple. Bourbon or rye whiskey are the ideal base for dry vermouth, lemon juice, grenadine and orange bitters.

  • Big Red

    Tim Nusog

    Who would’ve thought scotch, Budweiser and ginger beer would taste so good together? To build this tasty tall boy, simply mix equal parts of the three with ice and stir. What you have is a smoky, bubbly and malty surprise that’s great to sip on while watching the game.

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  • Bourbon Old Fashioned

    Bourbon Old Fashioned. Tim Nusog

    Perhaps the most famous whiskey cocktail, the Old Fashioned is anything but old news. This bourbon variation from cocktail legend Dale DeGroff is a little lighter than the original but just as tasty. Muddle bitters with sugar, an orange wheel, maraschino cherries and club soda, then top with bourbon and crushed ice.

  • New York Sour

    New York Sour. Tim Nusog

    What do you get when you take a classic Whiskey Sour and top it with red wine? The stunningly pretty New York Sour. Make your base with rye whiskey or bourbon, simple syrup and lemon juice. Shake and strain, then top with a float of red wine.