16 whisky cocktails
From a classic old fashioned to a sultry manhattan, impress your guests with these delicious whisky cocktails
Our collection of classic whisky cocktails features old fashioneds, manhattans and mint juleps as well as other whiskey-based cocktails including a bourbon and apple fizz, pineapple whisky sour and boozy Irish coffee.
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15 whisky cocktail recipes
In a whisky sour, the lemon juice is (almost) as vital as the bourbon. A generous, foamy top is what you're aiming for with this cocktail recipe.
Classic whisky highball
Scotch whisky and sparkling water combine to make this winning whisky highball.
Mix Irish whiskey (or a blended scotch) with coffee, brown sugar, double cream and nutmeg in this Irish coffee drink, great as a dinner party cocktail or incorporated into desserts.
Vieux carré cocktail
Impress guests at your next drinks party with a vieux carré, a complex, layered whisky cocktail that fans of manhattans, old fashioneds and sazeracs will love.
Classic mint julep
An easy three-ingredient drink, a mint julep is the perfect whisky cocktail for summer. Make sure you use crushed ice for this recipe as it dilutes more quickly, which is essential for the final taste of the cocktail
Bourbon and apple fizz
Apple and whiskey make a great pairing in this innovative cocktail, mixed with Angostura bitters for an extra hit.
Old fashioned cocktail
A seriously sophisticated cocktail, the original old fashioned calls for just four ingredients. It's a mature and super-classy option.
Mulled old fashioned
Stir whisky with a homemade syrup infused with cinnamon, orange and cloves for a festive, subtly spiced twist on a classic.
A seriously punchy whisky cocktail perfect for slow sipping during the winter months.
Live like a trendy New Yorker with our classic Manhattan recipe. It's best served in a coupe glass, with an illuminous cocktail cherry to garnish.
PX sherry manhattan cocktail
Pedro ximénez sherry is the key to this clever twist on a classic whisky cocktail, best sipped on a winter's evening.
We've given the 70s whisky Godfather cocktail a festive spin that makes an ideal dessert drink.
Pineapple whisky sour
Like a whisky sour, but with the added wonder of pineapple juice. Adding a little fruit makes this whisky cocktail light and refreshing.
Mint julep cocktail with peach
Make a batch of minted bourbon and keep in the fridge for instant cocktails, and remember to jazz this recipe up with fresh peach.
Cosy up by the fire and make this campfire cocktail recipe with bourbon and marshmallows for a warming drink.
Kentucky Royale bourbon cocktail
This classic recipe mixes bourbon with Chambord, the delicious raspberry liqueur. Ginger beer ties it all together and a raspberry garnish finishes it off nicely.
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