Cocktails have never been so popular and many people are looking for alternatives to the traditional range of mixed drinks, especially with whisky and bourbon as the main ingredient. Essentially, a great cocktail doesn’t have to be rocket science and often its just a case of experimenting with a few favourite mixers and fruit flavours until you find that perfect cocktail recipe.
A great a drink as Whisky is even the most ardent fans would admit that it’s an acquired taste and adding a little flavour can be a worthwhile endeavour if it helps to convert some of the uninitiated. The American Bourbons tend to offer more opportunity when it comes to cocktails due to their characteristic sweet and spicy flavours. Zest of orange, spices and summer fruits all mix well with Bourbons and some Scotch whisky blends.
Some popular whisky cocktail recipes:
Originated at New York’s famous Manhattan Club in 1870 in honour of presidential candidate Samuel J Tilden, the classic Manhattan was a mix of American rye whiskey, Italian Vermouth and Angostura bitters.
Add the ingredients and some ice to your cocktail shaker, give a good shake and pour into a standard Martini glass. Add a twist of orange and a couple of cherries for garnish and enjoy. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, and pour in all the ingredients. Shake them together, and then strain the mixture into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with a twist of orange and two maraschino cherries. Alternatively you can substitute the Bourbon for Scotch and add a touch of maraschino syrup to make a Rob Roy.
Perfect for cold nights or when you are feeling a little under the weather, the classic Hot Toddy is sure to pick you up.
Pre-warm a whisky glass with a little hot water, add a spoon laden with honey then pour in the other ingredients followed by as much or as little hot water as you like. Add a cinnamon stick for garnish and enjoy!
A traditional Christmas after dinner treat, an Irish coffee is always well received and easy to make.
Take a standard toddy glass and add the whiskey then the hot coffee and stir together. Add the gently whipped cream slowly over the back of a desert spoon so that it floats on top. Sip slowly and enjoy! Pour the whiskey into a toddy glass. Top up with the coffee and stir the two together. Lightly whip or shake the cream (helps it to float) before pouring it gently over the back of a spoon (the convex part) on top of the coffee/whiskey mixture.
A classic whisky cocktail, the Sour is one of the world’s most popular whisky cocktails.
Add the ingredients with some ice to your cocktail shaker; give a good shake and strain into a traditional whisky glass filled with ice. Add a maraschino cherry and a slice of orange for garnish and enjoy!