While whisky is mostly had with water, soda or straight up with ice, the spirit also lends itself to great cocktails. Here are seven classic whisky cocktails that have stood the test of time.
Scotch whisky was first introduced to India in the 19th Century, with the first distillery set up in Kasauli in the late 1820s. Over the years, the way we drink it has evolved beyond having it straight up, or with water and/or soda. Whisky cocktails are not just a fad – they are carefully crafted recipes perfected over time. We present seven best whisky cocktails that you should try at home.
In the 1860s, the addition of whiskey in a cocktail was widely accepted, and it led to the christened of this drink. Although there are various versions of the Old Fashioned, scotch is the premium choice of whiskey to make this cocktail. All you need to do is – in a rock glass – add sugar, a few dashes of angostura bitters and dissolve the mixture in a little warm water. Throw in a few ice cubes and a small amount whiskey all over it. Stir well, top up the glass with more ice and add the rest of the whiskey. An orange peel or some orange zest can be added too.
You could add - Signature Whiskey to prepare the classic Old Fashioned cocktail.
Manhattan is perhaps the most popular whiskey cocktail. The origin story goes way back to the Manhattan area in the 1870’s. Another story, which is regarded as fiction, is that it was made at a venue called the Manhattan Club for a popular event, and hence the name picked up. The drink is as easy to make as the name is. In a cocktail shaker, one needs to add ice along with whiskey, sweet vermouth and angostura bitters. Shake well and strain into the glass. Add a few cherries to top it off.
You could add - Antiquity Blue Whiskey for that perfect taste.
The first time the world heard of Whiskey Sour was again in the 19th century. It is quite simple to make – a small amount of whiskey, fresh lime juice, simple syrup (part sugar and part water), should be mixed in a shaker filled with ice. Strain into a rock glass with ice and top it off with a lemon wedge. There is an additional option to add a dash of egg white, which is another variant called Boston Sour.
DIY video to make Whiskey Sour
Rob Roy is a cocktail mixed very similarly to the Manhattan, but exclusively with Scotch. The drink was curated in the operetta, Rob Roy. Mixed first in 1894, the Rob Roy only requires you to add ice to a mixing glass, pour scotch, sweet vermouth and angostura bitters. Stir it well and serve.
As the name suggests, Mint Julep is dominated by the flavour of mint. Hailing from the southern regions of the USA, it is believed that the invention of this cocktail goes back to the 18th Century. The recipe varies according to the taste buds of the consumer. One can either muddle sour mix or sugar syrup with mint. Furthermore add Black Dog Scotch, lime and crushed ice.
The origin story of this cocktail goes back to the 1940s when travellers on a Pan Am flying boat were given coffee mixed with whiskey at the airport by Chef Joe Sheridan. When asked if they were served Brazilian Coffee, the chef just replied, “Irish Coffee”. To recreate this at home, add warm water to a cup and pour piping hot coffee over it. Add brown sugar and stir till it dissolves. Once your coffee is ready, blend in the whiskey and top it with whipped cream.
The date of origin of this cocktail goes back to the 19th century. It is believed that the name came from the fact that the cocktail was originally made with Sazerac cognac, while simultaneously, rye whiskey was used and was widely accepted back then. The ingredients that go in the cocktail are absinthe, which is used to rinse the glass, one cube of sugar that is muddled with bitters (angostura and peychaud) and lastly, rye whiskey with ice. Stir well, strain into the absinthe rinsed glass, and your cocktail is ready to serve.
DIY video to make Sazerac cocktail