Tag Archives: Whiskey

ginger rogers

1 oz bourbon
1 oz ginger liqueur
1 oz lemon juice
4 dashes orange bitters
4 dashes cardamom bitters
2 sugar cubes

muddle the sugar cubes and bitters. combine in a shaker with ice. shake until cold.

black manhattan

by Todd Smith of Bourbon & Branch via Imbibe

2 oz. rye whiskey
1 oz. averna
1 dash angostura bitters
1 dash orange bitters

fig and whistle

2 oz rye whiskey
1/2 oz fig jam (heaping teaspoon)
1/2 oz honey
1 oz lemon juice
dash of cinnamon

heat the jam and honey until they are liquid. stir in whiskey, lemon, and cinnamon. shake over ice, and strain through mesh into glass.

whiskey sidecar

The Sidecar is one of the best cocktails ever conceived. This version replaces the brandy with whiskey.

2 oz whiskey
1 oz triple sec
1 oz lemon juice

combine in shaker over ice, strain into cocktail glass.

{bourbon is preferred, but scotch is a nice variant.}

new york sour

A variant of the whiskey sour. And a nice way to use up that leftover wine!

2 oz rye whiskey
1 oz lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup

combine in shaker over ice, strain into an old fashioned glass filled with ice.

pour 1/2 oz shiraz over back of spoon to float on top.

bertoux

Basically, this is a whiskey sour, but smoother.

2 oz rye whiskey
1 oz triple sec
1 oz lemon juice

combine in shaker over ice, strain into cocktail glass.

scottish guard

2 oz scotch whiskey
¾ lemon juice
¾ orange juice
2 tsp grenadine

combine in shaker over ice, strain into cocktail glass.
garnish with maraschino cherry and orange slice.

modern fashion

A classic example of a simplified cocktail. A quick pour of bourbon, a splash of luxardo, drop in a few ice cubes, and you’re ready to relax. This is a fresh, simple take on the old fashioned from The Back Door at Roxy’s.

2 oz bourbon or whiskey
¼ oz luxardo maraschino
orange peel
cherry

Combine in shaker over ice, and strain into cocktail glass. Spritz orange peel over glass. Garnish with cherry.

godfather

The epitome of a simplified drink. Two ingredients, combined in glass. No thought required. Go easy on the amaretto, or you’ll have cough syrup.

2 oz whiskey
splash of amaretto

Combine over ice in an old fashioned glass.

For the godmother, substitute vodka for the whiskey.

sazerac

I first tried the Sazerac at a packed New Orleans bar in the Lower Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle called Toulouse Petit. The bartender spent a while slowly building the drink, and the result was unexpected. You can achieve 90% of the effect with much less effort. Just go easy on the absinthe.

1 ½ oz rye whiskey
1 tsp sugar
3 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
¼ oz absinthe or herbsaint

By tradition: Pack an old fashioned glass with ice. In second glass, dissolve the sugar in rye and bitters. Discard the ice, and coat the glass with absinthe; discard the excess. Pour the whiskey mixture into the chilled glass.

Or, dissolve the sugar in the whiskey and bitters, add a couple of ice cubes, a few drops of absinthe, and call it good.

fallen guru

Inspired by a friend’s brush with a cultish guru.

2 oz bourbon or whiskey
2 oz chai with milk

Combine over ice in an old fashioned glass.

Recommendation:
1 oz Morning Glory Chai (or other spicy and not sweet chai)
1 oz vanilla soy milk

old fashioned

My slightly fruitier (I would say, improved) take on the old fashioned.

1½ oz bourbon or whiskey
1 tsp sugar
4 drops angostura bitters
slice of orange
2 maraschino cherries

In an old fashioned glass, muddle the sugar, orange slice, and one cherry. Add bourbon and ice. Stir, and garnish with a cherry.

fancy-free

A sweeter view of the old fashioned. Similar to The Modern.

2 oz bourbon or whiskey
¼ oz luxardo maraschino
1 dash orange bitters
1 dash angostura bitters
orange peel
cherry

Combine in shaker over ice, and strain into cocktail glass. Spritz orange peel over glass. Garnish with cherry.