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12 Classic Whiskey Cocktail Recipes You Must Try

There are people who really enjoy alcohol. And we’re not talking about appreciation in a bad way. We’re talking about people who want to mix drinks, create cocktails, and even people who collect rare liquor bottles from years ago. These people usually have a place in their house where you can find their entire collection. Some like to keep it for special occasions. Others like to try new things. So today we are going to talk about one of the oldest and most revered types of alcohol – whisky. We’ve prepared 12 whiskey cocktail recipes that you absolutely must try if you’re looking to update your bar cart and impress all of your guests.

The bartender inside will enjoy making all those cocktails

Old fashioned is one of the most popular cocktails

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Old fashioned classic recipe


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


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

Source: Inspired Taste

The whiskey sour must be the second most popular whiskey cocktail

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Popular whiskey cocktails – whiskey sour recipe


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


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

Source: Beverage Punch

Every woman’s favorite drink

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Manhattan cocktail recipe


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


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

Source: Cookie and Kate

Here is yet another classic recipe

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classic Sazerac recipe


  • 2 1/2 oz rye whiskey
  • 1 sugar cube
  • 2 dashes of Peychaud bitters
  • 1 dash of Angostura bitters
  • Absinthe
  • lemon peel


  1. Crush the sugar cube with a few drops of water in an old-fashioned glass.
  2. Add a few ice cubes. Next, add the whiskey and two types of bitters. Mix well.
  3. Brush the sides of another chilled old fashioned glass with absinthe.
  4. Pour the contents of the first glass into the second and garnish with lemon zest.

Source: Esquire

Yet another favorite

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Classic Whiskey Cocktails – Irish Coffee Recipe


  • 1 teaspoon dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup whipped cream
  • 4 ounces of hot coffee
  • 1 1/2 oz Irish whiskey


  1. Whip the whipped cream until it thickens.
  2. In a hot glass, add the coffee and brown sugar and stir until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Add the whiskey and mix well.
  4. Top with a dollop of whipped cream.

Source: Jessica Gavin

Now is the time to do something simple and easy to do

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Whiskey highball cocktail recipe


  • 2 ounces of whiskey
  • 4 ounces of sparkling water
  • ice cream
  • lemon wedge


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

Source: A couple of 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 Nails Recipe



  1. Fill an old fashioned glass with ice cubes.
  2. Pour the ingredients and mix well.

Source: Spruce Eats

More classics to come

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Blood & Sand – whiskey cocktail recipe


  • 1 oz scotch blend
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • ice cream
  • 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 an orange slice.

Source: Gastronomy and wine

Now is the time to start experimenting with some recipes

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Blackberry Whiskey Smash Recipe


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


  1. In a highball glass, mash the lemon juice, sugar, mint leaves and blackberries.
  2. Add whiskey, ice and wheat beer.
  3. Garnish with skewered blackberries and a sprig of mint.

Source: Domesticate Me

The perfect Christmas cocktail

Cranberry sour whiskey recipe for Christmas

Whiskey Christmas cocktails


  • 2 ounces of cranberry juice
  • cinnamon sticks
  • 2 ounces of whiskey
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary simple syrup


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

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 of bitters
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • star anise


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

Source: A Beautiful Mess

And the time has come for our latest cocktail recipe

Orange Vanilla Whiskey Mixed Drink Recipes

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 cubes, then stir in the whisky, vanilla syrup and ginger beer.
  2. Garnish with an orange zest and a maraschino cherry.

Source: Jehan can cook

Here are the ingredients of the most classic whiskey cocktail recipes

classic whiskey sour recipe ingredients

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

Every liquor connoisseur needs a whiskey decanter in their bar cart

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They just look so sleek and classy

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And every good bartender must know at least 15 whiskey-based cocktails

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Lemon wedges make a great garnish for all whiskey mixed drinks.

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