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 11 whiskey cocktails now.
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.
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.
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.