RANKED: The 10 Best Whiskey Cocktails

The 10 Best Whiskey Cocktails

RANKED: The 10 Best Whiskey Cocktails

10. Hot Toddy

“Hot cocktails are whiskey business!”

Ingredients:
  • 25ml whiskey
  • 100ml boiling water
  • 1/2 tbsp honey
  • Cinnamon stick, lemon, cloves

A winter warmer often used to combat colds and touches of flu, the Hot Toddy is a cockle roasting delight perfect for the colder months.

Taste: 5/10

Instagrammability Rating: 4/10


9. Sazerac

“Knock knock, it’s Sazerac o’clock!”

Ingredients:
  • Absinthe (to rinse the glass)
  • 50ml rye whiskey
  • 2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 tsp sugar cube
  • Lemon peel
  • Ice

Allegedly the Sazerac is the oldest American cocktail and whilst we’re not sure on the specifics, it has certainly stood the test of time.

Taste: 5/10

Instagrammability Rating: 5/10


8. John Collins

“Always preferred John to Tom!”

Ingredients:
  • 50ml bourbon
  • 25ml lemon juice
  • 25ml sugar syrup
  • 125ml soda water
  • Slice of orange, lemon and a cherry garnish
  • Ice

Gin’s out, Whiskey’s in! The John Collins is a superb twist on the classic Tom Collins but just a little bit cooler and a little bit more refined!

Taste: 7/10

Instagrammability Rating: 3/10


7. Irish Coffee

“Everything’s better when you make it Irish!”

Ingredients:
  • 50ml whiskey
  • 150ml coffee
  • 2 tbsp double cream
  • 1 tsp sugar

The curtain drop at the end of a refined dinner party, the Irish Coffee is a sublime way to end any evening!

Taste: 6/10

Instagrammability Rating: 5/10


6. Whiskey Sour

“When life gives you lemons… make a Whiskey Sour!”

Ingredients:
  • 50ml bourbon
  • 35ml lemon juice
  • 10ml sugar syrup
  • Dash of angostura bitters
  • ½ egg white
  • Orange slice and a maraschino cherry
  • Ice

A great drink if you prefer something sour to all things sweet – the Whiskey Sour will certainly put a zing in your step.

Taste: 8/10

Instagrammability Rating: 5/10


5. Manhattan

“Hats off to cocktails!”

Ingredients:
  • 50ml bourbon
  • 10ml sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 maraschino cherry
  • Ice

Invented in New York’s Manhattan Club, this drink encapsulates this chic, trendy, sophisticated city perfectly.

Taste: 7/10

Instagrammability Rating: 7/10


4. Boulevardier

“Bour-illiant.”

Ingredients:
  • 25ml bourbon
  • 25ml vermouth
  • 25ml Campari
  • Orange slice

Another twist on a gin cocktail, the Negroni has been elevated to new levels of brilliant by switching out the gin and firing in some bourbon.

Taste: 7/10

Instagrammability Rating: 7/10


3. Kentucky Mule

“Eat, Sleep, Cocktail, Repeat.”

Ingredients:
  • 50ml bourbon
  • 200ml Ginger Beer
  • Dash of Lime Juice
  • Dash of Ginger Bitters
  • Crushed Ice
  • Mint Sprig
  • Lime Wedge

A Moscow Mule with a Kentucky kick, a bourbon ginger beer combo with lime and mint – what’s not to love?!

Taste: 7/10

Instagrammability Rating: 8/10


2. Old Fashioned

“I’m an Old Fashioned guy/girl!”

Ingredients:
  • 50ml bourbon
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Orange peel
  • Ice

A simple, straightforward classic, but less is more and this old fashioned cocktail still reigns supreme.

Taste: 8/10

Instagrammability Rating: 7/10


1. Mint Julep

“I don’t need any encourage mint!”

Ingredients:
  • 65ml bourbon
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 4 mint sprigs (leaves only)
  • Ice

A refreshing concoction often served in any number of weird and wonderful vessels, the Mint Julep is a perfect summertime cocktail.

Taste: 9/10

Instagrammability Rating: 10/10


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