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7 Whiskey Cocktails You Should Try

Looking for a way to make your whiskey more interesting? Try making it into a cocktail. A lot of people often use vodkas, rums, and tequilas in making cocktails, but not many know that whiskey cocktails could be really magical. And why not? Whiskey comes in different variations, which gives you a wide range of choices from which you can decide your most preferred whiskey cocktail. In case you are new to the idea of making cocktails with whiskey or need more recipes to expand your already existing list, here are some interesting options you should try.

Interesting Whiskey Cocktail Recipes You Should Try

If you are throwing a party or just looking to have some fun by yourself, these whiskey cocktails may be all you need to spice things up.

1. Irish Mule

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Irish mule is an easy way to introduce whiskey to the party or to just have fun by yourself. It is a summer drink that can be served during happy hours, at dinner parties, late-night drinks, guys’ or girls’ nights, and cocktail hour.

If you have ever heard of the family of cocktails called Bucks, the mule is one of them. Bucks are drinks made with citrus juice, ginger beer or ale, and liquor. Just like you have the Moscow mule which is a buck made with vodka, also, the Irish mule is a buck made with Whiskey.


  • ¼ cup of Irish whiskey
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice
  • ½ cup of ginger beer
  • Ice, lime wedge, and fresh mint for serving


  • Pour all the ingredients: Irish whiskey, lime juice, and ginger beer into a serving glass, preferably a copper mug.
  • Add ice and garnish with a slice of lime. Serve at once.

2. Manhattan Cocktail

Manhattan cocktail

This is one really old cocktail, and it dates back to the 1870s. with only three major ingredients, it leaves you with a long-lasting experience to always remember. It is a true classic cocktail made with rye or bourbon whiskey, and all its ingredients are well-defined and each expresses its unique taste in the mixture.

One interesting property of Manhattan is that it can be made into different variants, depending on personal preference. The different variations of Manhattan include Brandy, Bourbon, Black, Brooklyn, Rob Roy, Martinez, etc.


  • 4 tablespoons of bourbon or rye whiskey
  • 3 dashes of Angostura or orange bitters
  • 2 tablespoons of sweet red vermouth
  • Any cocktail cherry such as luxardo cherry (for garnishing)


  • Pour all the ingredients: whiskey, bitters, and vermouth into a cocktail mixing glass or any available glass, and mix properly with about a handful of ice.
  • Strain the mixture into a cocktail glass, garnish with the cherry, and serve.

3. Paper Plain Cocktail

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If you need a modern cocktail, then try the paper plain cocktail. Although it is not a classic drink, you can almost not tell. It gives you a bitter, sweet, and tangy taste all at once so that you can enjoy a perfect contrast. This drink is made from very few ingredients.


  • 2 tablespoons of bourbon whiskey
  • 2 tablespoons of Aperol
  • 2 tablespoons of Italian amaro
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
  • Lemon peel (for garnishing)


  • Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker.
  • Add ice to the mixture and shake until it becomes cold
  • Pour into a cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon peel if you like

4. Irish Coffee

Irish coffee

This is another modern cocktail that was invented in Ireland in the 1950s. for people who love to take their buzz with coffee, you should try this. Add whipped cream to give you the combination of bitter coffee, frothy whipped cream, and buttery whisky taste.


  • 12 tablespoons of hot coffee
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1½ ounces of Irish whiskey
  • Sweetened or vegan whipped cream (depending on the individual’s choice)


  • Make your coffee the usual way
  • Prepare homemade whipped cream, and ensure that it is perfectly whipped
  • Add coffee, sugar, and whiskey to a glass or Irish coffee mug and stir thoroughly till sugar dissolves (remember to leave about an inch for the cream)
  • Using the back of a spoon, make the whipped cream float on top of the drink

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5. Brooklyn Cocktail

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More modern cocktails! The Brooklyn cocktail was invented in 1908 and it is a spin of Manhattan. This drink uses rye whiskey. So, if rye is your favourite, you want to try out the sophisticated taste of this cocktail. It is also one of the best whiskey cocktails that exist.


  • 4 tablespoons of rye whiskey
  • 2 tablespoons of dry vermouth
  • ½ tablespoon of maraschino liqueur
  • ½ tablespoon of herbal citrusy amaro
  • Cherry or lemon twist (for garnishing)


  • Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and add ice. Shake thoroughly until cold
  • Pour mixture into a glass and garnish as desired.

6. Blood and Sand Cocktail

Blood and sand cocktail

This cocktail which is named after a 1922 movie titled ‘Blood and Sand’ was first written about in 1930. The almost irresistible drink is made with scotch, and it is one of the few classic whiskey cocktails made with the brand.


  • 2 tablespoons of blended scotch whiskey
  • 2 tablespoons of cherry liqueur or cherry brandy
  • 1 tablespoon of sweet vermouth
  • 1 tablespoon of blood orange juice
  • Orange twist (for garnishing)


  • Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and add ice. Shake the mixture until cold
  • Pour into a cocktail glass and garnish with an orange twist if desired

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7. Whiskey Smash

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Whiskey smash is not picky when it comes to whiskeys. This means that you can make it using any of your preferred brands. Not only is it classic, but it is also refreshing and a perfect choice for a party or just any fun activity. Also, it is one of the best whiskey cocktails you can try.


4 tablespoons of whiskey (any type)
¼ lemon, sliced into two wedges
2 tablespoons of simple or maple syrup
5 large mint leaves
Soda water and crushed ice (for serving)


  • Put the mint leaves and lemon wedges in a cocktail shaker and muddle 4 or 5 times to extract the flavour
  • Add other ingredients and ice, and shake until the mixture becomes cold
  • Pour into a glass and serve with crushed ice. Add soda water if you like

This list contains different interesting whiskey cocktails that you should try and get the best out of your whiskey. No matter the brand of drink you prefer, there is an option for you. Spice up your party with a variety of classic or none classic cocktails, depending on your preference.

Let us know which of the whiskey cocktails you love best by dropping a comment in the comment section below.

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