If you aren’t familiar with whiskey, making whiskey cocktails can seem confusing. First and foremost, it’s important to know when to use each variety. There is of course, classic whiskey, Irish Whiskey and then we have rye, scotch and bourbon, which are types of whiskey.
No need to worry though! I’m going to make it easy for you, because I’m sharing 45 of the best whiskey cocktail recipes. This slideshow includes well-known cocktails such as the Mint Julep, Hot Toddy, Old Fashioned and a few modern twists, including Lynchburg Lemonades, Bourbon Smash recipes and even a whiskey slushie!
Fun fact: Whiskey was first invented as a medicine!
What Whiskey Should I Use For Cocktails?
Bourbon tends to be the favorite, especially when it comes to Mint Juleps and Old Fashioned Cocktails. The reason for this is bourbon is much smoother than traditional whiskey.
Why Is Whiskey So Popular Right Now?
Many people say the surge in popularity of whiskey is due to the craft movement. Craft beer and craft cocktails are a hot commodity and whiskey cocktails are nestled right in there.
Whiskey has become so trendy in fact, there is even a Downton Abbey-inspired whiskey cocktail!
How To Make Cocktails With Whiskey At Home
It is fairly simple to mix up whiskey cocktails at home. Most recipes require simply adding ingredients to a glass. The only equipment required for most is a cocktail shaker. And unique ice cubes are also very trendy at the moment…everything from large ice cube spheres and squares, to stainless steel whiskey stones. Of course, those ice cubes are optional, but very attractive.
What Cocktails Can Be Made With Irish Cream and Whiskey?
Coffee cocktails are the first that come to mind. The original Irish Coffee was made with coffee, a shot of whiskey and whipped cream. The version we see around these days made with an Irish Cream Liqueur is just a modern spin.
If you don’t want to be stuck shaking cocktails all night for guests, perhaps think about setting up a do it yourself Whiskey Collins bar or Whiskey Sour Station. Simply put all ingredients (you can find a few recipes in the slideshow) out in decorative containers and you’ve got a festive cocktail station for any occasion!
Best Whiskey Cocktail Recipes
Which easy whiskey cocktail do you think you will try first? Will it be a classic recipe like Mint Julep, Whiskey Fizz or Old Fashioned? Or maybe you want a more modern cocktail like a Peanut Butter Manhattan or a Blackberry Bourbon Smash? Which ever whiskey recipe you choose, you can bet it will be delicious!
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The Godfather Cocktail
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Hot Whiskey And Honey Toddy
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Peanut Butter & Jelly Old Fashioned
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Whiskey Sunset Cocktail
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Frozen Whiskey Slushies
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Quick Cinnamon-Cider Whiskey Boulevardier
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Fruit Stand Watermelon Cocktail
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Vegan Irish Cream Whiskey
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Strawberry Rhubarb Whiskey Sour
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Smokey Old Fashioned
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Raspberry Moscow Mule
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Pear Whiskey Smash
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PB & J Cocktail
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Peanut Butter Manhattan
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Low-Carb Old Fashioned
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Lemon & Rosemary Bourbon Sour
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Jameson and Ginger
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Spiced Irish Coffee
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The Golden Hour Bourbon Cocktail
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Fireball Whiskey Cocktail
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Fireball Caramel Apple Floats
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Duck Fart Shots
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Tasty Caramel Apple Cider With Bourbon Cocktail
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Bourbon Iced Tea
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Blue Whiskey Cocktail
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Blueberry Whiskey Cocktail
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Blueberry Bourbon Smash
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Blood Orange Whiskey Sour
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Blackberry Bourbon Smash
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Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade
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Berry Mint Julep
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Apple Cider Whiskey Mule
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Apple & Orange Bourbon Sour
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Peanut Butter Cup Cocktail
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Ginger Whiskey Smash
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Peach Whiskey Cocktail
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