It's our favorite time of year! The time of year when we pull out the whiskey and make all of the whiskey drinks! Can I tell you a secret, whiskey cocktails are my favorite! The darker, smokier, and generally (as my daughter would say) more woodsy... the better!
Some of you might not like your whiskey cocktails deep and dark, like me. I've included some whiskey cocktail recipes for you. I'm going for the whiskey sours, old-fashioned's, and Irish mule's. So good!
My favorite Whiskeys and Bourbons:
- J. Carver --> we live next door to the great great grandson (give or take a great) and I can genuinely say this is great stuff! Made in MN, too!
- Willett Pot Still Reserve --> my favorite of all time. This is for drinking neat. So good but oh so pricey. I usually only get a shot of this at my fave whiskey bar.
- Bulleit Rye --> for cocktails this is a good and budget-friendly option easily available.
- Dickels Sour Mash --> another one great for drinking neat or for treating yourself to a great cocktail and fairly budget-friendly.
I'm ALWAYS looking for new one's to try so if you love a particular brand of whiskey or bourbon, let me know so I can give it a try too!
So here's our list of the best whiskey drinks.
Fresh Peach Ginger Bourbon Fizz by NellieBellie
A delicious large batch cocktail featuring bourbon, a fresh peach syrup, fresh lemon juice, and topped with bourbon. Easy to make in advance and serve at a party!
Bourbon Apple Cider Sangria by Alice Seuffert for NellieBellie
Bourbon-soaked apples and pears combine with sparkling wine and apple cider for Bourbon Apple Cider Sangria.
Whiskey Sour by Real Housemoms
Let's start with a classic. If you like whiskey, whiskey sours are the way to go. This is a basic recipe to help.
Irish Mule Cocktail by Sugar & Soul
If you like Moscow Mules, you might enjoy Irish Mules. They're a delightful mix of Irish whiskey, ginger beer, and lime.
Orange Spice Old Fashioned by Real Housemoms
This is a great twist on an old fashioned. It adds orange, orange bitters, and some cinnamon and nutmeg. It's a warm twist for cold weather!
Pomegranate Sidecar Cocktail by Miss in the Kitchen
This drink is bourbon, orange liqueur, pomegranate juice, and lemon juice. Not only does it look pretty, but it's great!
Mango Habanero Whiskey Sour by Sidewalk Shoes
This drink is an interesting take on the classic whiskey sour. It utilizes mango habanero whiskey and cuts the heat with simple syrup and lime juice. If you enjoy whiskey sours, we recommend trying this version!
Manhattan Drink by Real Housemoms
Another classic, made with whiskey, sweet vermouth, and Angostura bitters.
Spiced Whiskey Cider by Savory Experiments
This cocktail combines rye whiskey and apple cider to make a delightful, tummy warming drink that's perfect for winter.
Bacon Bourbon Apple Jello Shots by Bread Booze Bacon
How fun are these? These are what you drink when you've grown out of normal jello shots. These will be so much fun for your next party.
Smoked Rosemary and Blackberry Whiskey Sour by Mighty Mrs
This cocktail might ask a little more from you than your typical whiskey sour, but we're sure it will be worth it. It adds smoked rosemary, which is a tasty change from your average whiskey sour. It also means you'll need a culinary torch, or matches, or something similar.
Whiskey Smash by Real Housemoms
This is another simple, classic recipe. It adds mint, and is refreshing for any whiskey lover.
Bourbon Flip by Bread Booze Bacon
If you're a fan of eggnog, you might enjoy this drink. Although it has no eggnog in it, it does have egg whites and nutmeg.
Spicy Bacon Bourbon Soda by Tomageddon
Have you ever had bacon and bourbon? It's a great pairing. If you've never tried it you can make this cocktail to see if you like it. If you have tried it already you probably already love it, so make this cocktail.
Cherry Whiskey Smash by Cooking with Curls
If you love both cherry and whiskey, this is the perfect cocktail for you. It's easy to drink and great for people who might want to cover the taste of the whiskey a little bit.
Jameson and Ginger by Cooking with Curls
This is an Irish drink which is light and refreshing. It is Jameson, lime, and ginger ale.
Cherry Bourbon Smash by NellieBellie
This drink tastes a little bit like adult's candy. It's cherries, bourbon, simple syrup, and seltzer. It's simple to make and oh so delicious.
Bourbon Peach Tea by Call me PMc
Doesn't this sound so refreshing on a hot summer day? It's made with peach simple syrup and of course, bourbon.
Mint Irish Iced Coffee Cocktail by Home Cooking Memories
If you're on the fence about whiskey, or if you enjoy coffee drinks, this is the cocktail you need. It will be easy to drink, and there's coffee!
Old Fashioned Cocktail - Wisconsin Style by Blackberry Babe
The classic old fashioned gets a little twist by the addition of grenadine and simple syrup. If the normal old fashioned is a little bit too strong for you, you may enjoy this version which is slightly toned down.
The Dirty Irishman by NellieBellie
This drink is coffee, Irish cream, and whiskey. It is so very easy to drink, and so very delicious.
Strawberry Basil Bourbon Smash by Fake Ginger
Strawberry and basil might be one of the best classic combinations. A cocktail with strawberry, basil, and bourbon? Yes please!
Georgia on my Mind Peach Whiskey Spritzer by This Mama Cooks
This drink is made with peach whiskey and peach bitters, and sparkling water. It's a great whiskey cocktail for a warm summer night.
3-ingredient Whiskey Bourbon Margarita by Home Cooking Memories
If you like margaritas but don't like tequila, this would be the perfect cocktail for you!
Caramel Bourbon Milkshake by Call Me PMc
It's a caramel bourbon milkshake. Do we need to explain to you why this drink will be great?
Easy Sidecar Cocktail by Miss in the Kitchen
It's a simple, refreshing drink, perfect for your next get together! If you like bourbon, orange, and lemon you'll love this drink!
Grapefruit Ginger Bourbon Sour by Fake Ginger
This delightfully refreshing drink is exactly what you need this summer, on aggressively warm days. It's just the pick me up you need.
Bourbon Amaretto Cocktail by Spicy Southern Kitchen
This is a great cocktail for barbecues. It's a bourbon cocktail with the added tastes of cherry and almond.
Irish Coffee Recipe by Baking Beauty
This is a simple and sweet drink, perfect for winter. This cocktail is made with coffee, Irish cream, whiskey, and brown sugar.
Georgia Fruit Stand Cocktail by This Mama Cooks
Nothing is more refreshing in the summer than watermelon. But a cocktail with watermelon AND peach? Sign us up!
Grapefruit Irish Mule Recipe by Salt and Lavender
This puts a little twist on the classic Irish mule, and is great if you're looking for a bit of variety.
Whiskey Pom Cocktail by NellieBellie
Pomegranate juice is what gives this drink its beautiful, vivid color. It's whiskey, pomegranate, lemon, and Cointreau. It's definitely a perfect color for the winter, but will be delicious and refreshing at any time.
Holiday Cocktails, Mocktails, & festive drinks to try:
- Bucket List of Holiday Cocktails
- Sex on a Snowbank Cocktail
- Cranberry Margarita (with mocktail version)
- Cranberry Moscow Mule (Moscow Unicorn)
- Rosemary Honey Moscow Mule
- Bourbon Cherry Smash Cocktail
- Whiskey Pom Cocktail
- Cranberry Whiskey Sour
- Root Beer and Rum Cocktail
- Hard Cider Hot Toddy
- Bailey's S’mores Dessert Shots