With the renaissance in the cocktail world in recent years, we see that whiskey cocktails have become increasingly popular. However, we witness that many whiskey companies take steps to adapt to this trend. We see that many whiskey brands, including Scottish and Japanese brands, frequently use cocktail images in their communications and emphasize the use of whiskey in cocktails.

Some brands also share cocktail recipes that can be made with their new products. The emphasis has been on cocktails in many tasting and brand events in recent years, including world-famous whiskey festivals.

In this article, I will share with you different cocktail recipes that you can make with whiskey, especially classic cocktails.

You can make minor changes in each of the recipes I share according to your own tastes. Let me state that each cocktail has original recipes as well as different interpretations. The best thing is to try and fail and discover what suits your palate best.

old fashioned

I can say that it is the first cocktail that comes to mind when I think of whiskey cocktail. This cocktail, which is estimated to have emerged in the early 1800s, is the first published cocktail book. Although it entered our lives as a gin cocktail in the Jerry Thomas Bartenders Guide, whiskey replaced the gin in the recipe in the following years.


  • 6 cl Rye or Bourbon whiskey
  • 1 cube of sugar
  • Angostura bitters
  • Water and preferably a single large piece of ice


  1. Put a sugar cube in the classic tumbler whiskey glass.
  2. After dripping 2 dash Angostura bitters on the sugar, pour a teaspoon of water and wet it and mash it with a muddler.
  3. After adding 6 cl of whiskey, add a large single ice and garnish with an orange peel.

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Whiskey Sour

A classic whiskey cocktail with a sweet-sour character dating back to the 1800s. To make Whiskey Sour, which is a bit more difficult to prepare than Old Fashioned, you need equipment such as Shaker and strainer at hand.


  • 5 cl Bourbon whiskey
  • 3 cl lemon juice
  • 2 cl sugar syrup
  • 1 egg white
  • Angostura bitters (Optional)
  • Ice


  1. Put all the ingredients in the shaker filled with plenty of ice.
  2. Shake as vigorously as possible for about 20-30 seconds.
  3. With a Hawthorne strainer (or a similarly functioning strainer), pour slowly from the shaker into your Tumbler type glass with ice in it.
  4. Garnish with lemon or orange peel.

If you wish, you can drop 2-3 drops of Angostura bitter on the foam.

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A classic rumored to have originated at the Manhattan Club in New York in the late 1800s. It is an easy cocktail, but difficult to prepare correctly.


  • 5 cl Rye whiskey (can also be a Bourbon with a high rye content)
  • 2 cl Sweet red Vermouth
  • Angostura Bitter
  • Orange or Cherry


  1. It is important to cool your glass before you start cocktail making. If possible, put your glass in the freezer 5-10 minutes before you start making your cocktail.
  2. Put the Whiskey, Vermouth and Bitter ingredients together with plenty of ice in the specified amounts in the Mixing glass (Mixing jug) and mix with a Stirrer (or any mixing stick) for about 30 seconds.
  3. With the help of a strainer, separate the ice and pour your drink from the pitcher into the ice-cold glass you have cooled.
  4. Garnish with an orange slice or cherry as you wish.

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Rob Roy

A classic rumored to have been discovered by a bartender at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Manhattan, New York, in 1894. Rob Roy is quite similar to Manhattan in terms of content and appearance. The biggest difference is that Manhattan uses Rye whiskey, while Rob Roy uses Scotch whiskey.


  • 4.5 cl Scotch Whiskey (Usually Blend is used)
  • 3 cl sweet vermouth
  • Angostura bitters
  • maraschino cherry


  1. The coldness of the glass is important here, as in the Manhattan production. It is enough to put the glass in the freezer 5-10 minutes before you start making your cocktail.
  2. Put the Scotch Whiskey, Vermouth and Bitter ingredients together with plenty of ice in the specified amounts in the Mixing glass (Mixing jug) and mix with a Stirrer (or any mixing stick) for about 30 seconds.
  3. With the help of a strainer, separate the ice and pour your drink from the pitcher into the glass you have cooled in the freezer.

It's not easy to find, but Rob Roy is traditionally garnished with Maraschino cherries.

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Highball Cocktail

As with any cocktail, there are many rumors about when, where and how Highball originated. But among those rumors, it's the story that's been most talked about when Highball originated in Boston in the late 1800s when EJ Ratcliffe, a famous British actor, ordered his whiskey at the bar with soda and ice.

Leaving aside the rumors, the most important thing we need to know with Highball is that this cocktail is very practical to prepare and very open to creativity.


  • 5cl whiskey
  • lots of ice
  • Soda


  1. Fill your tall Highball goblet to the brim with ice.
  2. Add 5 cl of whiskey and soda until the glass is full. This much!

As I mentioned in the description section, Highball is a cocktail open to personal preferences. You can add whatever you want to the base tariff I have given. For example, you can add cherry, peach or hibiscus syrup, use different juices or add different bitters.

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John Collins

John Collins is a refreshing cocktail that is easy to prepare, requires few ingredients and is characterized by sour flavors. We can briefly call John Collins the tall version of Whiskey Sour. When you make this cocktail with gin, not whiskey, you get Tom Collins.


  • 4.5 cl of Bourbon
  • 3 cl freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1.5 cl Sugar syrup
  • 6 cl of soda


  1. Pour whiskey, lemon juice and sugar syrup into your ice-filled Highball glass and top off with soda.
  2. Mix gently with a pipette or stir bar.
  3. Finally, you can garnish with an orange or lemon slice.

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Mint Julep

Mint Julep is a Bourbon cocktail that is said to have originated in one of the southern states of America in the late 1700s, and its name is particularly associated with the Kentucky Derby.


  • 6 cl Bourbon whiskey
  • 5-6 pieces of mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar or 1.5 cl sugar syrup
  • crushed ice


  1. Put 1 teaspoon of powdered sugar and 2 teaspoons of water and 5-6 mint leaves in your glass and crush them lightly with a mortar. The aim here is to bring out the oils and aromas.
  2. After filling the glass with crushed ice, add 6 cl of whiskey and mix.
  3. Finally, garnish with mint leaves.

One of the most distinctive features of Mint Julep is the glass in which it is served. This cocktail is traditionally served in silver or copper glasses as you can see in the shot below.

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Irish Coffee

On a cold and stormy winter evening in 1943, Joe Sheridan, chef at a restaurant in the Irish town of Foynes, both warmed up and stopped the grumbling of the passengers of a plane that had to return to Foynes shortly after take-off due to bad weather conditions. For this purpose, he puts some whiskey in their coffee and prepared the first Irish Coffee cocktail.


    • 4cl Irish whiskey
    • 8 cl Espresso or strong filter coffee
    • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
    • Cream


  1. Put 8 cl of your coffee in your glass, add 1 teaspoon of brown sugar to it and mix until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Add 4 cl of Irish whiskey and mix again.
  3. Using the back of a spoon, slowly pour the cream into the glass. Cream is the most important part of this cocktail in terms of both appearance and taste.
  4. Finally, garnish your glass with vanilla, cinnamon and grated nutmeg.

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Hot Toddy

It wouldn't be right to call Hot Toddy a whiskey cocktail, as it is a "healing" drink known for being good for colds. It is quite simple to make and very relaxing to drink. Ideal for sipping with light music under a blanket at home in cold winter months.


  • 5-6 cl Whiskey
  • Hot water
  • Honey
  • Lemon
  • Cinnamon and cloves


  1. Put 1 teaspoon of honey (sugar can be used instead of honey) and 5 cl of whiskey in a coffee or tea mug and add hot water.
  2. After mixing well, add 1-2 lemon slices, cinnamon and 3-4 cloves and mix once more.

It is possible to make Hot Toddy with spirits such as Rum and Brandy, but I prefer whiskey the most. As an alternative to whiskey, you can also choose flavored whiskey liqueurs such as Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey or Apple.

Lynchburg Lemonade

Lynchburg Lemonade, identified with the Jack Daniel's brandA very refreshing summer cocktail with a horse-sour character. When we look at the ingredients, we cannot say that it is a cocktail that you can make at home at any time, but if you have the ingredients at hand, it is quite easy to prepare.


  • 4cl Jack Daniel's
  • 2 cl Sweet & Sour mix
  • 2 cl Orange Liqueur (Cointreau)
  • Soda


  1. Put all the ingredients except soda into your glass filled with plenty of ice.
  2. Then add soda until the glass is full and mix with a stir stick or a straw.
  3. Finally, garnish with a lemon/lime slice.

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Mellow Espresso 

As a whiskey & coffee lover, cocktails with these two have always intrigued me. However, cocktails where coffee and whiskey are used together are generally too sweet for my taste, and I can't taste both ingredients at a satisfactory level.

I've recently discovered a cocktail recipe that fits my taste buds, Mellow Espresso. At the center of the original recipe of Mellow Espresso, which is very similar in appearance to the Espresso Martini Jack Daniel's Gentlemen Jack is located. An aromatic and enjoyable cocktail with intense flavors.


  • 4 cl Whiskey
  • 1.5 cl vanilla syrup
  • 4cl Espresso
  • 1,5 cl Coffee Cream Liqueur (Optional)


  1. After your shaker is filled with plenty of ice, add all the ingredients in order.
  2. Shake vigorously for about 20 seconds. Strain your drink through the shaker with the Hawthorne strainer (or a similarly functioning strainer) and pour slowly into a stemmed goblet.
  3. If you wish, you can decorate your drink with a few coffee beans so that they remain above the foam.

The results will be much better if you achieve harmony in the character of the coffee bean and whiskey you use. Instead of espresso, you can also use a slow-brewed, intense Cold Brew. 

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2 Responses

  1. ergul

    Are there any cocktails you can recommend, especially for those who have a high stomach sensitivity to heavy flavors and alcohol? There are some fresh, fruity cocktails that can be made with Chivas.

    • whiskey

      For this, the best thing would be to tailor any cocktail for you. For example, Whiskey sour is a sweet-sour fresh cocktail. It can also be nice with Chivas. You can get a very soft taste by reducing the whiskey ratio a little more.


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