Oh-so-easy classic whisky cocktails
If straight spirits aren’t your thing, there are many whisky cocktail recipes where its punch and structure adds depth of flavour.
Check out these tried-and-true classics!
First up: the most classic whisky cocktail of them all. The Whiskey Sour! It’s balanced and sweet tart, with the spicy whisky against the acidity of lemon and the sweetness of simple syrup. Use maple syrup to add a nuanced flavour or stick with the traditional simple syrup.
- 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) whisky
- 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) fresh lemon juice
- ¾ ounce (1½ tablespoons) pure maple syrup (or simple syrup)
- Orange peel and a cocktail cherry for garnish
- Ice for serving
- Add the whisky, lemon juice, and syrup to a cocktail shaker. Fill with a handful of ice and shake until very cold.
- Strain the drink into a lowball or Old Fashioned glass. Serve with ice, an orange peel and a cocktail cherry.
Here’s a refreshing whisky cocktail: the Whisky Highball! This two-ingredient cocktail originated around the turn of the 20th century and it’s still popular to this day. Why? It’s so easy to make: no cocktail shakers or fancy ingredients required! It’s an intriguing way to enjoy the flavours in a sip of whisky. This drink has two variations: one straight classic for whisky lovers, and one as a more balanced drink. Serve it anytime you need a bubbly refresher.
- Whisky (even Japanese whisky!)
- Soda water (or ginger ale or ginger beer)
- Lemon, for garnish
Mix them together, and you’ve got a bubbly, refreshing mixed drink starring your favourite whiskey.
The Godfather cocktail is a simple Scotch and amaretto drink that’s full of flavour! It pairs nutty sweetness with a spicy whisky finish. The hint of amaretto gives the Scotch a unique intrigue that makes it more palatable than drinking straight up. For a non-Scotch lover, it’s the perfect intro-to-Scotch cocktail.
The history around the drink is a little mysterious: no one knows who invented it. But it became popular in the 1970s when cocktails were strong and sweet (and often included amaretto). It’s believed to be named after the Godfather movie with Marlon Brando, which came out in 1972. Marlon Brando’s character often drank Scotch in the movie, the Godfather name could be referencing the addition of the Italian liqueur.
- Scotch whisky
- Mix the Scotch and amaretto in a mixing glass.
- Add ice.
- Garnish with a lemon peel if you like.
To make these oh-so-easy and yummy cocktails, you first need whisky!
From now until 16 September 2022, buy a bottle of any whisky at AE Club and get two bottles of Acqua Panna still mineral water (50cl) absolutely free!