8 Great Ideas For Whiskey Cocktail

People from cold climates, such as south American, and Irish are very known for gravitating towards a whiskey drink every so often, specially for whiskey cocktail. Whether you count yourself among those ranks or just enjoy this grain-based brown liquor, just check out our spirited collection of whiskey cocktails, from the classic Manhattan to new-twist creations like the Cranberry Cheer.

8 great ideas for Whiskey Cocktail

1. Manhattan :-

Manhattan, a cocktail that includes whiskey,  sweet vermouth and Angostura bitters, is made of whiskeys that include rye, bourbon, Tennessee whiskey and blended whiskey. Canadian whiskey which is simply called Rye in Canada is traditional choice for this whiskey cocktail. It is often served with ice in a cocktail glass and garnished with a Maraschino cherry with a stem. This is one of best cocktails made of whiskey and ranks at number one in the list of 8 great cocktail ideas for whiskey drinks.

manhattan whisky cocktail

Manhattan – Whiskey Cocktail

•    2 ounce(s) rye whiskey
•    1 ounce(s) sweet vermouth
•    2 dash(es) Angostura bitters
•    1 marasca cherry

1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add all of the ingredients and stir. Strain the drink into a martini glass or coupe glass and garnish with a marasca cherry.

Give a try to this whiskey cocktail and kill the heat.


2. The Big Texan Bourbon-and-Grapefruit Cocktail

The Big Texan Bourbon-and-Grapefruit Cocktail is made with combination of grapefruit juice, yummy bourbon, citrusy basil and simple syrup, and usually served in a chilled rocks glass with several ice cubes. Grapefruit slice and cherry are used to garnish it.

This whiskey cocktail ranks at number two in our list of 8 great cocktail ideas for whiskey drinks. The Big Texan Bourbon and Grapefruit Cocktail is a perfect accompaniment to barbecue fare, specially Texas-sized steak.

Big Texan Bourbon & Grapefruit Whiskey Cocktail

Big Texan Bourbon & Grapefruit – Whiskey Cocktail

• 2 tablespoon(s) fresh grapefruit juice
• 1 1/2 ounce(s) bourbon
• 1/2 tablespoon(s) simple syrup (see Note)
• 2 basil leaves
• Ice
• 1 grapefruit slice, for garnish
• 1 preserved cherry, for garnish

1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the grapefruit juice, bourbon, simple syrup, and basil. Fill a chilled rocks glass with ice. Add 5 ice cubes to the shaker and shake well. Strain the drink into the ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with the grapefruit slice and cherry.

Give a try to this awesome whiskey cocktail.


3. Cranberry Cheer

Canberry Cheer, a one-of-a-kind holiday-friendly whiskey cocktail, was created by Marcus Samuelsson, owner of Red Rooster restaurant in New York. Cranberry Cheer is perfect combination of cranberries, whiskey,  syrup, and lime juice and ranks at number three in our list of 8 great cocktail ideas for whiskey drinks.

Cranberry Cheer Whiskey Cocktail

Cranberry Cheer – Whiskey Cocktail

• 1 cup(s) sugar
• 2 stick(s) cinnamon
• 2 whole(s) star anise
• 3 green cardamom pods
• 1 cup(s) fresh cranberries
• 6 ounce(s) rye whiskey (such as McKenzie)
• 2 ounce(s) fresh lime juice
• Seltzer
• Lime slices, for garnish

1. In a small pot over medium heat, stir sugar in 1 cup water until dissolved to create simple syrup; reserve 1/4 cup.

2. Place spices on an 8-inch square of cheesecloth and secure with twine to create a sachet; crush spices lightly. Add sachet and cranberries to simple syrup. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and cook for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and discard sachet.

3. In a shaker, mix 4 teaspoons cranberry mixture, whiskey, lime juice, simple syrup, and ice. Pour into 4 glasses with ice. Top each with a splash of seltzer; garnish with lime.

Why don’t you try this one-of-a-kind holiday-friendly whiskey cocktail?


4. Sazerac Cocktail

The Roosevelt’s Sazerac Bar is credited as the birthplace of the first mixed drink of Sazerac with its signature cocktail and holds all undeniable bragging rights of this wonderful drink. The Sazerac is a balanced mixture of rye whiskey,simple syrup, Herbsaint liqueur and bitters.

This whiskey cocktail is the best way to keep you warm all winter long as it is quite potent and enjoyed by locals as well as tourists. The thing which makes it special among all whiskey cocktails that Sazerac cocktail can be enjoyed whole year-round.

Sazerac Whiskey Cocktail

Sazerac – Whiskey Cocktail

• 1 1/2 ounce(s) Sazerac rye whiskey
• 4 dash(es) Peychaud’s bitters
• 1/2 ounce(s) simple syrup
• 2 Herbsaint liqueur
• Lemon peel, for garnish

1. Fill one rocks glass with ice and set aside to chill.

2. In a second rocks glass mix 1 1/2 ounces of Sazerac rye whiskey with four dashes of Peychaud’s bitters and 1/2 ounce of simple syrup. Fill the glass with ice, stir and stir until mixed and well chilled.

3. Dump the ice from the first glass and spray two pumps of Herbsaint liqueur from an atomizer into the glass, swirl to coat and dump the excess Herbsaint. Strain the contents of the second glass into the chilled, Herbsaint coated glass and rim the glass with a lemon peel. Do not put the peel in the cocktail, drape it on the side of the glass.

We bet you can’t miss this one-of-a-kind whiskey cocktail if you are in love with cocktails.


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5. The Life Preserver: Esky’s Hot Spot

As you know that Finley Peter Dunne observed whiskey doesn’t sustain life, but, when it is taken hot with wather, a lump iv sugar, a piece iv lemon peel, and just th’ dustin’ iv a nutmeg-grater, it makes life sustainable.

Back in Dunne’s day, there was no Esky; this hand-warmer would’ve traveled under the name of Hot Toddy or the marvelously odd Irish Whiskey Skin. Hand-warmer Esky’s Hot Spot was also known as the classic Hot Toddy or the marvelously odd Irish Whiskey Skin. This life preserver whiskey cocktail peaks at fifth position in our list of 8 great cocktail ideas for whiskey drinks.

The Life Preserver: Esky's Hot Spot Whiskey Cocktail

The Life Preserver: Esky’s Hot Spot – Whiskey Cocktail

• 2 ounce(s) Irish whiskey
• 1 sugar cube
• 1 lemon peel
• 4 ounce(s) water, boiling
• Nutmeg , for garnish (optional)

1. Combine the whiskey, sugar cube, and lemon peel in a stout mug, then add boiling water and stir. Dust with nutmeg, if you like.

Tips & Techniques
You can make this with Scotch, too, although it tends to be lighter in body than the more honeyed Irish stuff, and its smokiness works against the soothing nature of the drink (for that reason, we prefer Power’s or Jameson’s among the Irish whiskeys to the Bushmill’s, which has some residual peatiness).

You can’t be lazy to miss this classic life preserver whiskey cocktail, Can you?


6. The Emerald

Toast the Emerald Isle with the Emerald, a combination of whiskey, orange bitters, and vermouth. It is considered good if you use Irish whiskey to make this wonderful drink. It ranks at number six in the list of 8 great cocktail ideas for whiskey drinks.

Emerald Whiskey Cocktail

Emerald – Whiskey Cocktail

• 2 ounce(s) whisk(e)y
• 1 ounce(s) Italian vermouth
• 1 dash(es) orange bitters

1. Stir all ingredients well with cracked ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. We recommend using Irish whiskey.


7. The Brainstorm

The herbal pungency of Benedictine points up the smoky smoothness of the whiskey, the dryness of the vermouth balances the sweetness of the Benedictine, and the orange peel adds a hint of sunshine. The Brainstorm makes an especially fine after-dinner drink.

If you’re sipping ‘The Brainstorm’ after dinner, build it on the rocks  so it will stay cold for a longer time. Just pour the ingredients into an Old-Fashioned glass, add a couple ice cubes, and give it a stir. Even better, turn it into a so-called “mist” by shaking everything together and pouring the mixture over a glass packed with crushed ice; serve with two short straws. It is one of best whiskey cocktails.

Brain Storm Whiskey Cocktail

Brainstorm – Whiskey Cocktail

• 2 ounce(s) Irish whiskey
• 1/2 tablespoon(s) French vermouth
• 1/2 tablespoon(s) Benedictine
• Orange peel, for garnish

1. Shake the whiskey, vermouth, and Bénédictine well with cracked ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with twist of orange peel.


8. Irish Coffee

Irish coffee is made with Irish whiskey, hot coffee, and brown sugar. This whiskey cocktail  is stirred and topped with the thick layer of cream. The coffee is drunk through the cream. It is ranking at number eight in the list of 8 great ideas for whiskey cocktails.

The original recipe explicitly uses cream that has not been whipped, although drinks made with whipped cream are often sold as “Irish coffee”.

Irish Coffee Whiskey Cocktail

Irish Coffee – Whiskey Cocktail

• 2 ounce(s) Irish whiskey
• 5 ounce(s) coffee (up to 6 ounces)
• 2 teaspoon(s) sugar
• Heavy cream, lightly whipped

1. Pour the whiskey, coffee, and sugar into a stemmed, heated glass mug. Stir, then top off with a thick layer of lightly whipped heavy cream.

Tips & Techniques
If too lazy or inebriated or depressed to bother whipping the heavy cream, just pour an ounce or two in over the back of a spoon. In either case, don’t stir it in, and really don’t drizzle crème de menthe over the top.

 Hope these 8 ideas for a nice whiskey cocktail will work for you.