12 Classic whiskey cocktails recipes you absolutely have to try

Von John Griffith / December 02 2021

There are people who really appreciate alcohol. And we are not talking about appreciation in a bad way. We are talking about people who are interested in mixing drinks, creating cocktails and even people who collect rare bottle of alcohol from years ago. Those people usually have a place in their home where you can find their entire collection. Some like to save it for special occasions. Others like to try new things. So, today we are going to talk about one of the oldest, most revered types of alcohol – the whiskey. We have prepared 12 whiskey cocktails recipes you absolutely have to try if you are looking to update your bar cart and impress all of your guests.

The bartender within is going to enjoy the preparation of all of these cocktails

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Old fashioned is one of the most popular cocktails out there

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Classic old fashioned recipe


  • 1 tsp simple syrup
  • 3 dashes bitters
  • 2 oz rye whiskey
  • 1 piece of orange peel
  • 1 maraschino cherry


  1. Stir the bitters, whiskey and simple syrup in a glass.
  2. Add an ice cube and stir to chill.
  3. Garnish with the cherry and orange peel.

Source: Inspired Taste

Whiskey sour has got to be the second most popular whiskey cocktail

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Popular whiskey cocktails – whiskey sour recipe


  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 3/4 oz lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz simple syrup
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 spray bitters
  • lemon peel
  • brandied cherry


  1. Mix the egg and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add the simple syrup and bourbon, add 5 ice cubes and shake vigurously.
  3. Double strain over ice into a glass, let sit for a minute until foamy on top and spray with bitters.
  4. Garnish with the cherry and lemon peel.

Source: Punch Drink

Every woman’s favorite drink

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Manhattan cocktail recipe


  • 2 oz rye whiskey
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes bitters
  • 1 maraschino cherry
  • ice


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the bitters, whiskey and vermouth. Stir for about 30 seconds.
  2. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with the cherry.

Source: Cookie and Kate

Here’s yet another classic recipe

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Classic Sazerac recipe


  • 2 1/2 oz rye whiskey
  • 1 sugar cube
  • 2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • absinthe
  • lemon peel


  1. Muddle the sugar cube with a few drops of water in and old fashioned glass.
  2. Add a few ice cubes. Then, add the whiskey and two types of bitters. Stir well.
  3. Coat the sides of another, chilled old fashioned glass with absinthe.
  4. Strain the contents of the first glass into the second and garnish with the lemon peel.

Source: Esquire

Yet another favorite

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Classic whiskey cocktails – Irish coffee recipe


  • 1 tsp dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream
  • 4 oz hot coffee
  • 1 1/2 oz Irish whiskey


  1. Whisk the whipping cream until it thickens.
  2. To a warmed glass add the coffee and brown sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Add the whiskey and stir well.
  4. Top with a spoonful of the whipping cream.

Source: Jessica Gavin

Now it is time for something simple and easy to make

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Highball whiskey cocktails recipe


  • 2 oz whiskey
  • 4 oz soda water
  • ice
  • lemon wedge


  1. Fill a tall glass with ice and pour in the whiskey and soda water. Stir well.
  2. Squeeze the lemon wedge.

Source: A Couple Cooks

And here is a helpful video on how to make the 5 easiest whiskey cocktails

Another very simple, yet classic cocktail recipe

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Rusty nail recipe


  • 1 1/2 oz scotch whiskey
  • 3/4 oz Drambuie


  1. Fill an old fashioned glass with ice.
  2. Pour in the ingredients and stir well.

Source: The Spruce Eats

More classics coming your way

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Blood & Sand – whiskey cocktails recipe


  • 1 oz blended scotch
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • ice
  • 1 oz cherry liqueur
  • 1 oz fresh orange juice
  • orange wheel


  1. Mix the scotch, vermouth, liqueur and orange juice in a cocktail shaker, filled with ice.
  2. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with and orange wheel.

Source: Food & Wine

Now it is time to start experimenting with a few recipes

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Blackberry whiskey smash recipe


  • 1/4 cup fresh blackberries
  • 2 tsp raw sugar
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 6 fresh min leaves
  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 2 oz wheat bear
  • blackberries
  • mint sprig


  1. In a highball glass muddle the lemon juice, sugar, mint leaves and blackberries.
  2. Add the whiskey, along with ice and wheat beer.
  3. Garnish with blackberries on a skewer and a mint sprig.

Source: Domesticate Me

The perfect Christmas cocktail

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Christmas whiskey cocktails


  • 2 oz cranberry juice
  • cinnamon sticks
  • 2 oz whiskey
  • 1 tbsp Rosemary Simple Syrup


  1. Break the cinnamon stick in half and add to a cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake along with the whiskey, cranberry juice and simple syrup.
  3. Pour into a glass and garnish with cranberries and rosemary sprig.

Source: The College Housewife

A sweet cocktail recipe

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Vanilla bean whiskey cocktail


  • 2 oz vanilla bean infused whiskey
  • 1/2 oz Dr. McCillicuddy’s Intense Raw Vanilla
  • 2 dashes bitters
  • 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • star anise


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the vanilla liquer, whiskey, lemon juice and bitters.
  2. Add the star anise and shake vigorously.
  3. Pour into and old fashioned glass and garnish with star anise and a lemon wedge.

Source: A Beautiful Mess

And the time has come for our final cocktail recipe

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Fruity whiskey cocktails


  • 1 1/2 oz Irish whiskey
  • 1/2 oz vanilla syrup
  • ginger beer
  • orange peel
  • maraschino cherry


  1. In an old fashioned glass add ice, then stir in the whiskey, vanilla syrup and ginger beer.
  2. Garnish with an orange peel and maraschino cherry.

Source: Jehan Can Cook

Here are the ingredients for the most classic whiskey cocktail recipes

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And here is an incredibly informative video on the different types of whiskey and how to recognise them

Any alcohol connosieur needs a whiskey decanter in their bar cart

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They just look so elegant and classy

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And every good bartender needs to know at least 15 cocktails, containing whiskey

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Lemon wedges make for a great garnish to any whiskey mixed drinks

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