Celebrate Whisky Month with These Whisky Cocktails

Celebrate Whisky Month with These Whisky Cocktails

Posted by LGE Editor

For Whisky Month in May we have chosen some popular whisky cocktails and also a couple of our distillery favbourie served on and off the rocks! The whisky in the cocktail recipes below are a suggestion and can be swapped for a brand of your choice.  

Enjoy Scotland's national tipple, it is a personal choice and there is no right or wrong way to enjoy the whisky.  Some of the experts may say you should not add a mixer , water or ice to a single malt as it distorts the flavours and notes in the drink. We have tried a few malts and

Whisky Sour 

lemon colour drink in a glass and cocktail shaker

Ingredients

  • 50ml Whisky 
  • 35ml Fresh lemon/lime juice
  • Fresh egg white
  • 15ml 2:1 sugar syrup
  • 2-3 Dashes Angostura bitters 
  • Ice
  • 1 Cherry and orange / lemon slice

Method: 

Combine the whisky, freshly squeezed lemon and lime juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice, cover, and shake for about 20-30 seconds. Pour the cocktail mix through a strainer over ice into a short glass. Garnish with orange or lemon slice and cherry.

Equipment:  Shaker | Strainer | Short glass

 

The Manhattan

The Manhattan was the most famous cocktail in the world just after it was invented in New York City’s Manhattan Club in the 1880s. 

red liquid in cocktail glass with cherry garnish on work top

Ingredients: 

  • 50ml Whisky (your choice)  
  • 25ml Sweet vermouth 
  • 2-3 Dashes Angostura bitter 
  • 1 Dash orange bitter 
  • Cherry and or lime slice to garnish

 

Method: 

Add whisky, sweet vermouth and both bitters to a cocktail shaker with ice, and stir until well-chilled. Pour through a strain into a cocktail class and garnish with a cherry and slice of lime. 

Equipment:  Shaker | Strainer | Cocktail Glass

 

Old Fashioned 

This cocktail is traditionally served in an old fashioned glass, which predated the cocktail and was invented in Luisville Kentucky.

Ingredients:

  • 60ml Whisky
  • 1-2 Dashes Angostura bitters
  • 2 tsp sugar syrup or 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • Splash of water and soda water if required
  • Orange slice and cherry for garnish 


 Method: 

If using granulated sugar add 1 teaspoon of water, then stir until the sugar dissolves. or use a splash (1 tsp) of simple syrup instead and then mix  it with the bitters before adding ice and whisky. Pour over ice and garnish with a cherry and slice of orange. Adding a splash of soda water is optional. 

Equipment:  Shaker | Strainer | Short Glass

 

Cold Mint Julep

Whisky cocktail served over crushed ice and topped with fresh mint. 

Ingredients: 

  • 60ml Whisky
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 8-10 Mint leaves (adjust to taste)
  • Sparkling water

Method:

Muddle the mint leaves, sugar, and splash of water in a glass tumbler or julep cup. Add the whisky, sparkling water, and fill glass with crushed ice and stir. Garnish with fresh mint.

Equipment:  High Ball Glass | Jigger | Spoon 

 

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