Everyone knows real men drink single malt whiskey. William Faulkner once said, “There is no such thing as bad whiskey. Some whiskeys just happen to be better than others.” Whether you prefer Chivas Regal or Johnnie Walker Red, you can take that delicious whiskey and make one mean mixed drink. (The word “cocktail” just doesn’t sound masculine enough.) So if you’re not tough enough to handle a straight shot of Jack Daniels whiskey or you just want some variety, try some of these recipes.
Whiskey Sour – It doesn’t get anymore simple or classic as this drink. Mix 3 parts whiskey, 2 parts fresh lemon juice, and 1 part Gomme syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice. Garnish with a maraschino cherry or an orange slice.
Manhattan – Another classic drink that cannot be passed up. It happens to be one of the oldest cocktails and it was one of the first cocktails to use vermouth as a modifier. There are several variations but the traditional recipe is 2 ounces of rye whiskey, 1/2 ounce sweet vermouth, and 2-3 dashes of bitters. Mix the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and stir well. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry. To make a dry Manhattan, add a dash of dry vermouth and garnish with a lemon twist. A perfect Manhattan will use equal parts of sweet and dry vermouth.
Mint Julep – Want a taste of the South? A Mint Julep is the traditional drink of the Kentucky Derby and about 80,000 are served during the race. Put 4-5 mint sprigs and 1/2 ounce of simple syrup into a double old-fashioned glass and muddle the ingredients. Then add 2 and 1/2 ounces of bourbon and fill with crushed ice. Stir well and garnish with a mint sprig.
Rusty Nail – This mixed drink might not sound appealing but it makes for one great scotch drink. You can vary up this recipe by trying different single malt scotch brands. It’s very simple to make. Just pour 1 and 1/2 ounces of your favorite scotch and 3/4 ounces of Drambuie into an old-fashioned glass with ice. Stir well and garnish with a lemon twist. You can add less Drambuie to decrease the sweetness of the drink.
Rob Roy – You might have heard your grandfather order this drink. It’s not something you hear people ordering everyday. However, if you enjoyed the Manhattan and like Scotch whiskey, then you’ll have no problem sipping on this one. Pour 1 and 1/2 ounces of Scotch, ¼ ounce of sweet vermouth, and bitters into a mixing glass. Stir well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.
John Collins – Related to Tom Collins, but this one prefers bourbon. Pour 1 and 1/2 ounces of bourbon, 1 ounce lemon juice, and 1/2 ounce sugar syrup into a Collins glass with ice. Stir thoroughly and top with club soda. Garnish it with a cherry and orange slice. You can also replace the lemon juice and syrup with sour mix if you prefer.
Variety is the spice of life so try one of these delicious cocktails. It won’t make you any less manly as long as there is fine tasting whiskey in it!