Whiskey is one of the finest alcoholic beverages of all time. It is almost everyone’s favorite drink. This classic drink has been around for a long time and is renowned globally. One can find different versions and types of whiskey in various countries. However, some of the prominent types of whiskey include American, Scotch, and Irish Whiskey.
Whiskey, aged in wooden casks, withholds intense flavors and aroma. Though whiskey is usually served ‘neat’ or ‘on the rocks,’ it also tastes divine with a good combination drink. Well, which one exactly? Well, there is more than one good combination of drinks that you can indulge in with whiskey. We’ve mentioned some of them in this article.
- Sweet Vermouth
Sweet vermouth may serve as one of the best mixers for whiskey, which results in classic combination drinks. The two beverages share similar characteristics like deep flavors and dominant aromas. The sweet notes of vanilla and clove from the sweet vermouth result in refreshing cocktails mixed with whiskey. Vieux Carre is one such cocktail combining rye whiskey, cognac, and sweet vermouth. So, it may be time to open a premium rye whiskey bottle and a Louis xiii cognac to make this splendid cocktail.
- Vieux Carre
Rye Whiskey – ¾ oz
Sweet Vermouth – ¾ oz
Angostura Bitters – 1 to 2 dashes
Cognac – ¾ oz
Bénédictine liqueur – ½ oz
Lemon Twist or cherry for garnish
- Firstly, add some ice cubes into a mixing glass.
- Then, add all the ingredients to it, one after the other.
- Stir the ingredients well (do not shake).
- Strain the mixture into an old-fashioned glass.
- Garnish with the cherry or a lemon twist and serve and serve.
- Lemon-Lime Soda
The tangy and citrus flavors of the lemon-lime soda gradually calm down the intense and spicy flavors of whiskey. The combination serves some of the fantastic summertime drinks you can enjoy. You can indulge in these cocktails to beat the scorching heat during the day outdoors. That said, you can also make use of this splendid combination in the winter months.
Hot Toddy is the perfect example of that. Since it’s summer already, let’s have a look at the Lynchburg Lemonade cocktail. You’ll need Tennesse Whiskey to make this one. However, you can use a full-flavored bourbon whiskey instead of Tennesse as well.
- Lynchburg Lemonade
Tennesse Whiskey – ½ oz
Lemon-lime soda – 4 oz
Triple sec – 1 oz
Lemon juice (freshly squeezed) – 1 oz
Lemon slices for the garnish
- Take a Collins glass and add some ice cubes to it.
- Then, add the whiskey, lemon juice, and triple sec.
- Top the glass with lemon-lime soda.
- Stir well and garnish with the lemon slices and enjoy.
- Ginger Ale
If you are a novice whiskey enthusiast, then you will love this combination of whiskey and ginger ale. Ginger has struck the perfect balance between being sweet and hot, similar to whiskey. The earthly aromas and peppery taste also make way for several refreshing whiskey cocktails.
The Irish buck is one such cocktail with notes of the fresh ginger ale and the sweet taste of the Irish whiskey. If you are a fan of semi-sweet and pleasant cocktails with a hint of spice, then you must try this highball glass whiskey combination. Besides, making this cocktail is extremely simple since it consists of only two ingredients.
- Irish Buck
Irish Whiskey – 1 ½ oz
Ginger Ale – 2 oz
Lime Wedge (for garnish) – 1
- Add the Irish whiskey to a highball glass.
- Then fill the glass with ice cubes.
- Pour the ginger ale into the glass.
- Garnish with the lime wedge and serve.
- Tonic Water
Usually, soda water gets the sweet spot when it comes to making whiskey cocktails. However, tonic water, with its dry and distinctive taste, also makes an exceptional whiskey mixer, especially for Irish whiskey. The cocktails are simple combinations of tonic water and many types of whiskeys but offer a punchy yet refreshing taste. Whether you fancy whiskey with a sweet taste or one with a bold and strong taste, tonic water is ideal for your taste. So, whiskey tonic can be your go-to whiskey cocktail to make or order for dinner time because of the dry aspect of tonic water and the sweet taste of Irish whiskey.
Similar to gin and tonic, even the whiskey tonic tastes splendid and is also one of the easiest cocktails to make. Let’s have a look at the recipe to make a tasty whiskey tonic.
- Whiskey Tonic
Irish Whiskey – 2 oz
Tonic Water – 4 to 6 oz
Lemon wedge – 1
- Fill a highball glass with ice.
- Pour the whiskey into the glass.
- Top the glass with tonic water while carefully stirring.
- Once stirred, garnish with a lemon wedge and serve.
Those were some of the best mixers that go well with whiskey. You can make plenty of whiskey cocktails or simple drinks using them. Apart from the ones mentioned above, coke, apple cider, maple syrup are also some of the best combination drinks that go well with whiskey.
All in all, it boils down to an individual’s preference, method, and the type of whiskey used in the cocktails. Even a simple drink like jack and coke (a combination of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey and coke) tastes excellent when made right with appropriate quantities.