A new generation is embracing whiskey and the advent of mixology is taking whiskey cocktails to a new level. If you’re planning a party, why not take advantage of whiskey’s resurgence in popularity and serve one of these delicious whiskey drinks your guests will love?
The Manhattan cocktail is a classic recipe that everyone should master. This cocktail is traditionally made with rye whiskey but bourbon or Canadian whiskey can also be used. This dates back to a shortage of quality rye whiskey in the 1900s that led people to use Canadian whiskey instead. Then, the popularity of bourbon in the later part of the century led bourbon becoming a popular substitute as well. To make a Manhattan, simply combine two parts rye or bourbon with one part sweet vermouth and a dash of bitters. Stir with ice and pour into a chilled glass. Garnish with cherries and watch your guests be impressed with your whiskey cocktails!
A Whiskey Sour is a versatile drink that even those who don’t regularly prefer whiskey are sure to love. It’s also quite easy to make! Simply combine 2 ounces of bourbon, 3/4 ounce of fresh lemon juice, and 3/4 ounce of simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until very cold, about twenty seconds. Then strain the mixture into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with an orange slice and cherry if you like then serve up these whiskey drinks at your next party!
Like it’s sibling the Tom Collins (which is made with gin) the John Collins is one of the most refreshing and easy to drink whiskey cocktails. It’s made very similarly to the Whiskey Sour with citrus and simple syrup. The John Collins, however, adds club soda to the mix. To create this cocktail pour 1 1/2 ounces whiskey, 1-ounce lemon juice, and 1/2 ounce simple syrup over ice in a Collins glass. Stir well and top off with club soda. Garnish with a lemon slice and cherry.