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.
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.
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.
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.