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11 Great Whiskey Cocktails to Try Now

Commander in Chief. Image: Brent Herrig

Drinking whiskey used to be about picking up a bottle of your favorite brand and pouring a glass over the rocks. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but with today’s cocktail culture in full swing, you’re doing yourself a disservice if you don’t at least try to mix a drink a home. From fruity and sweet to smoky and spirit-forward, these 11 whiskey drinks are ready to turn you into a cocktail lover today.

  • Rocky Manhattan

    This fresh take on a timeless Manhattan uses two kinds of whiskey for an extra punch. Regular whiskey and a hint of peach whiskey are fruity and flavorful, and a few dashes of The Dead Rabbit Orinoco bitters rounds it all out. Garnish with an orange peel.

  • Hot Toddy

    Tim Nusog

    Warm up from the inside with the grandfather of hot cocktails. Used to ward off colds, the classic combination of lemon, sugar, spices and whiskey is delicious whether or not you need the extra boost of vitamin C.

  • Cry Baby

    If you’ve never had a turmeric cocktail before, you’re missing out. Bitters infused with the spice give an earthy flair to Irish whiskey, bourbon, calvados and Bénédictine in this recipe. The spirit-forward drink only needs a lemon twist to reach perfection.

  • Safe Kicker

    Winner of the Gentleman Jack competition, this drink puts the Tennessee whiskey to good use. Apricot preserves add a hint of sweetness, lemon and cara cara orange juices bring a zesty citrus punch, and sherry and whiskey-barrel-aged bitters bring a well-rounded whiff of smoke to balance everything out.

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  • Isaiah Rynders

    Tim Nusog

    This savory spin on a Dark ’n Stormy is an unexpected take on whiskey that will definitely impress everyone you serve it to. The spirit gets mixed with Cardamaro, fresh lime juice, ginger syrup and The Dead Rabbit Orinoco bitters, then the whole thing is brought to a new level with tamarind chutney and a splash of vanilla soda.

  • White Summer Sazerac

    Steven Freihon

    The classic New Orleans cocktail gets a summery update with this variation. Moonshine and rye make up the whiskey base, which is bolstered with a little bit of brandy and Italicus aperitivo. Simple syrup, fennel bitters, celery bitters, celery salt and absinthe provide the finishing touches along with an edible flower garnish.

  • Big Red

    Tim Nusog

    A shot and a beer get a whole new meaning with this easygoing tipple. Equal parts scotch, ginger beer and Budweiser mix together for a refreshing highball that’s equally smoky, snappy and sippable.

  • Tallulah

    This drink was inspired by the Southern tradition of adding peanuts to a can of Coke. And much like the tradition, it’s important to not knock this cocktail until you’ve try it. The mix of whiskey, peanut orgeat and Coca-Cola is boozy, salty and sweet all at once.

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  • Old Pal

    Tim Nusog

    This three-ingredient sipper is basically a lighter version of a Boulevardier, so it’s ideal for when you want something spirit-forward but not too strong. The mix of rye whiskey, dry vermouth and Campari is brilliantly orange and perfect for after-dinner drinking.

  • Jewel Mine

    Max Zagor

    This drink proves that whiskey has a sweet side, too. When paired with pomegranate liqueur, The Dead Rabbit Orinoco bitters and tonic water, whiskey takes on a sweet-tart flavor that has just a hint of smoke to break through the fruitiness.

  • Commander in Chief

    Commander in Chief. Brent Herrig

    This is one leader that everyone can support. Two kinds of Irish whiskey, two kinds of brandy (one of them apricot) and verjus blanc make for a very boozy cocktail that’s tamed with passion fruit syrup and a few dashes of bitters.