5 Drinks That Whisky Lovers Need To Try At Least Once
The 'Loretto Sour' will change your life.
Friends, let's be real for just a minute: there's nothing on this earth like sitting back, relaxing, and enjoying a nice, smooth whisky.
If you've ever slowly sipped on a glass of quality whisky, then you know exactly what I'm talking about. Everything about whisky - from the complex and aromatic flavour, to the satisfying tingle - is basically perfect.
And whisky-based cocktails are no different. Using different whiskies in your cocktail will impact the flavour, creating drinks that are smooth, tasty and all-around amazing! Thankfully, drinks like the Old Fashioned are basically staples in every bar; but even if you're a HUGE whisky lover, there are only so many Manhattans you can drink before it becomes kind of boring.
Curated by master mixologist and whisky specialist Matt Jones, these unique and tasty cocktails are basically tailor-made for whisky lovers, so you just know they're sure to please the palate of any and every whisky lover. Plus, these recipes use only the finest whiskies - so if you want to make these at home (and you KNOW you will!), you know exactly what you need to do.
A tasty and seriously unique drink featuring Bowmore 12 Single® Malt Scotch, cardamom, and tea, this deliciously flavourful drink is the perfect cocktail to make to impress friends, family, and yourself, with your own wondrous mixology skills.
- 1.5oz Bowmore 12 Single Malt Scotch
- 1.5oz chamomile and mint tea (chilled)
- 1oz Elderflower Liqueur
- 2 cardamom seeds
- Muddle cardamom seeds in a mixing glass
- Add in other ingredients and shake with ice
- Strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice
- Garnish with an edible pink flower
The Loretto Sour uses Maker's Mark® wheated bourbon, which is softer, lighter, and smoother than most other bourbons - plus has notes of vanilla, caramel, toffee and woody oak - bitter juices (like lemon and orange) and wine to create basically a symphony of flavours in your mouth. Plus the flamed orange zest garnish adds an extra little flare of awesome!
- 1oz Makers Mark Bourbon
- 0.5oz Maraschino Liqueur
- 0.75oz orange juice
- 0.5oz lemon juice
- 0.5oz red wine (merlot preferred)
- Shake all ingredients except red wine with ice
- Fine strain into a chilled cocktail glass
- Layer red wine on top
- Flamed orange zest garnish
If you know anything about cognac, then you know it's meant to be seriously enjoyed. And this simple cocktail is the perfect platform to highlight the even, smooth taste of its star ingredient: a dash of Courvoisier VS® Cognac, brought to life by the Ginger Snap's soft vanilla and ginger flavours.
- 1oz Courvoisier VS Cognac
- 0.5oz Galliano Vanilla
- Fever Tree Ginger Beer
- Build in a rocks glass filled with ice
- Mint sprig garnish
Knob Creek® Old Fashioned
Ah, the Old Fashioned. This staple in any whisky lover's drink repertoire, and it calls for a high proof bourbon - which is why Knob Creek is seriously recommended. This bourbon is aged in maximum-char barrels, pulling every bit of natural sweetness from the oak, which gives it those awesome vanilla and caramel notes. The Old Fashioned really lets all of Knob Creek's full flavours shine, and adds in hints of orange and sweetness from the simple syrup.
- 2oz Knob Creek Bourbon
- Half orange wheel
- 0.5oz simple syrup (1:1 ratio)
- 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
- Muddle orange, simple syrup and bitters in a rocks glass
- Fill with ice and pour in Knob Creek
- Stir for 30 seconds and top with fresh ice
- Orange zest garnish
Auchentoshan® and Ale
One of the best things about Auchentoshan Single Malt Scotch Whisky is that it's triple distilled, meaning that its fruit and citrus flavours are more easily released. Auchentoshan tends to pair well with ales, and the simple Auchentoshan And Ale is a cocktail that's both easy to make, and a HUGE hit with anyone who knows their whiskies!
- 1.5oz Auchentoshan 3 Wood Single Malt Scotch
- 1oz grapefruit juice
- 0.5oz lemon juice
- 0.75oz simple syrup (1:1 ratio)
- Ale of choice
- Shake all but ale with ice and strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice
- Top with ale and quick stir to combine all ingredients
- Lemon zest garnish
Straight-up, pretty much ALL of these drinks are more than worth a sip. Although these cocktails are basically works of art (that also happen to be pretty simple to make at home, or order at a bar!), the one thing they have in common? They're specially made so that you can TASTE the whisky!
And, protip? When you use whiskies as delicious as these, it doesn't matter if you love whisky or not. Sure, whisky lovers are in for a treat - but even those heathens who are lukewarm to our favourite liquor can't help but fall in love!