Whisky-based Cocktails

Whiskey Types

Although gin is commonly used as a base spirit for bright and refreshing cocktails (and admittedly easier to mix), whiskies can create some complex, spirit-forward beasts. Bourbons (typically sweet) and ryes (typically more spicy) are commonly used as bases. Scotches, particularly peat-forward Islay whiskies (think Laphroaig and Ardbeg), have been one of our personal challenges to try to incorporate into good cocktails.

Below is a compilation of our favorite scotch-based, bourbon-based, and rye-based cocktails.


Scotch Cocktails

Ichor and Glass
Blood and Sand but better. Way better.
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Black Walnut Manhattan
American classic with an Austrian twist.
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Peaty Punch
Clarified Peat Punch
Peaty twist on a clarified milk cocktail.
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Cocktail in short glass with lemon wedge ontop of blue and black checkered cloth, next to whisky bottle
Bitter Scotsman
Peaty whisky cocktail with some sweet and spice notes
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Perfect Rob Roy Sherry Cocktail
For Sherry Week, we are doing a Perfect Rob Roy with PX Sherry.
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Onomatopeata
Peaty drink with scotch and tomato.
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Cocktail next to a bottle of Lagavulin and a Hawthorne strainer
Islay Rob Roy
The classic - with a peaty Lagavulin 16 base
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Cocktail with lime wheel garnish in front of 2 passports
The Islay Word
A Laphroiag cocktail that is shockingly well-balanced
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Bourbon Cocktails

Smoother than a Horse on Skates
Bourbon-based cocktail from Nova Scotia with Lillet Blanc
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Cocktail with lemon twist and flower garnish
Yard Sale
High Octane split base cocktail of rye, bourbon, and Calvados
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Wicked Behavior Cocktail
Bourbon tiki-like cocktail
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Small glass next to small bottle ontop of table
Zemurray Cocktail
Banana and whiskey class from New Orleans
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Unicorn Hunter
A very boozy bourbon-based cocktail to drink while hunting for unicorns
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Glass topped with cranberries next to bowl of brown colored liquid
Da Vinci Punch
Falernum and IPA based fall punch.
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Exene Bourbon Cocktail
Gateway Bourbon cocktail, gets you hooked on the oaky American stuff.
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Revolver Cocktail
Straightforward 3-ingredient cocktail from Prizefighter in Emeryville
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Reddish drink in cocktail glass with red paper airplane on top of it
Paper Kamikaze
Balanced modern sour with Bourbon and Campari
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Bufula Negra Cocktail next to bottle of Russel's Reserve
Bufula Negra
Whiskey with a balsamic note
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Rye Cocktails

Twelve Mile Limit
Prohibition era cocktail with a triple base of rye, rum, and brandy.
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Red Eye Cocktail on top of glass surface with toothpick
Red Eye
Original cocktail from Jim Meehan designed for the Amex Centurion Lounge
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Cocktail with lemon twist and flower garnish
Yard Sale
High Octane split base cocktail of rye, bourbon, and Calvados
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Sfumato Cocktail
Sfumato and rye-based boozy cocktail
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Cocktail with a lime garnish on top of wooden plank
Cobra Verde
A grassy agricole diamondback variant by Thomas Waguh from Death & Co.
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Cocktail in glass with silver rim with two bottles of liquor behind
Final Ward
Last Word with Whiskey from Phil Ward
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Cocktail sitting in tray with lemon garnish
Green Hat Cocktail
Old Fashioned Variant with Green Chartreuse and Rye.
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Cocktail next to 2 bottles
Brutify’d
Benjamin Franklin inspired cocktail. Happy Independence Day!
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Old Fashioned Cocktail Picture
Old Fashioned
Classic boozy whiskey drink
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