In many cocktails, whiskey is a complex ingredient. Depending on what type of whiskey is chosen and what it is paired with, it can be used in a delicious variety of popular drinks.

Since there are so many types of whiskey cocktails out there, they can match different taste preferences and pair well in several situations. Learning how to make a variety of whiskey concoctions is a useful skill. In this post, we’ll go over the seven whiskey cocktails everyone bartender or party host should know.

Classic Whiskey Cocktails


Rob Roy

The STORY behind the Rob Roy (which is a variation of the Manhattan) is that it was first mixed in New York City’s Waldorf Astoria around 1890. It was created to highlight an operetta hosted at the hotel centering on a Scottish folk hero named Rob Roy MacGregor. To create a ROB ROY, you’ll need scotch, Angostura bitters, and sweet vermouth.

Scotch Sour

Classic and simple, the Scotch Sour is a variation of the Whiskey Sour made with simple syrup or sugar, lemon juice, and (of course) Scotch. This traditional recipe also has plenty of MODERN ITERATIONS, such as adding a touch of egg white or a flavored brandy with a fruit garnish.


Whiskey Sour

This DRINK was not officially recorded until the 1860s but was a staple enjoyed by sailors in the British Navy. Just like the Scotch Sour, the Whiskey Sour is a very simple drink that traditionally features three ingredients: bourbon, simple syrup, and citrus juice.

Old Fashion

This whiskey drink has earned its name by being one of the first cocktails ever created. The Old Fashioned is another whiskey drink that can be put together by following a very simple RECIPE: bourbon, simple syrup, and Angostura bitters.

Mint Julep

When mint juleps were first created, they were meant to be digestive aids, not cocktails. Now, this cocktail is a very popular drink choice for attendees of the annual Kentucky Derby. You can easily mix up a MINT JULEP for yourself by combining bourbon, simple syrup, and mint leaves.


Knowing how to make these seven classic whiskey cocktails can be useful when planning a memorable party or get-together, showcasing a new product in your distillery, or simply for the love of the spirit.

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