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.
The most famous whiskey based cocktails are the old fashioned, and the Manhattan which are now entire families of cocktails, but there are dozens of others to try.
Below is a compilation of our favorite scotch-based, bourbon-based, and rye-based cocktails.
This drink comes from a bar in Lithuania, by way of /u/seanloreaux2 on Reddit. The original calls for 2 oz Read more
So I realize now as I'm typing this that I misspelled the cocktail name on our latest Instagram post as Read more
The Rusty Nail's signature ingredient is Drambuie, a scotch based liquor, sweetened with heather honey, and infused with herbs and Read more
We decided to start with the Old Pal as a template and started by subbing a blend of Laphroaig and Read more
Tasty summery cocktail featuring peated whiskey, rum, banana liqueur, and Sherry. Read more
It's Negroni week 2019 in San Francisco! A veritable Christmas for lovers of the best cocktail out there in which Read more
We named this the louboutin cocktail because we recently visited Saison - the 3-starred Michelin restaurant best known for having Read more
For Sherry Week, we are doing a Perfect Rob Roy with PX Sherry. Read more
I've experimented with infusing a few spirits, but I find it plays incredibly well with high-proof American Applejack and with Read more
Pineapple goes surprisingly well with peaty scotch. This is exemplified in the super-tropical Ardbeg Drum special release whisky. Peated scotch Read more
One day, while talking to my Jiu Jitsu coach (Kurt Osiander) about one of our shared favorite past-times: alcohol, he Read more
We made a lot of ginger syrup, as described in our previous post on the spicy ginger daiquiri. A lot. Read more
One thing I sometimes fantasize about is doing the Julie & Julia version of cocktails. To be honest, I have Read more
Was thinking the other day: what's the point in having so many awesome amari if I don't make more drinks Read more