10 Easy Whiskey Drinks to Make at Home

updated May 25, 2023
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It’s easy to fall into the habit of making the same whiskey cocktail (I’m looking at you, whiskey sour) or to not be quite sure how to turn whiskey into a really good cocktail. I have good news for you, though: Not only is whiskey seriously versatile, but it also doesn’t take a lot of fancy footwork to make a good drink. You don’t need a lot of fancy tools, either, a good cocktail shaker is usually enough to get the job done. Whether you go for an Old-Fashioned, prefer something a little citrusy, or want something kind of fruity, here are 10 easy whiskey drinks to make at home.

Easy Whiskey Drinks

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How To Make a Classic Old-Fashioned Cocktail

Bourbon whiskey, a little sugar, and a dash of bitters, stirred up with quality ice and garnished with an orange peel — that’s all there is to it.

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Pomegranate Maple Whiskey Smash

This refreshing, citrusy cocktail is always a hit, even with the folks who claim not to be whiskey drinkers.

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How To Make a Whiskey Sour

A whiskey sour is refreshing enough to keep up with a spritz during the warm summer months, and so appropriate during the colder seasons of the year.

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The Blinker Cocktail

If you love a good Paloma and have a thing for grapefruit, it’s time to change things up and give this citrusy whiskey drink a try.

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Sparkling Sweet Tea Cocktail

Whiskey is a natural partner to tame the serious sweet of sweet tea. Add a splash of seltzer, and you’ve got yourself an ideal summertime cocktail.

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Ward Eight

This riff on a whiskey sour starts off like the classic, then mixes in orange juice, Angostura bitters, and grenadine for a hint of sweetness. It’s a cocktail that’s juicy, fresh, and totally approachable.

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The Brooklyn Cocktail

This old-school drink starts with rye whiskey, then calls for a splash of rich maraschino liqueur to balance the dry vermouth.

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The Summer Sage

This cocktail, with red plums, sage, and rye whiskey, is like a grown-up whiskey sour.

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Expat Killer

A riff on the classic expat cocktail, this drink has a robust, malty jab softened slightly with lime and ice. Here blended scotch stands in for bourbon, and chocolate bitters lend a hint of the tropics.

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Drink Recipe: The Ultimate Dessert Manhattan

This riff on a Manhattan is a post-dinnertime treat that swaps traditional vermouth for rich and chocolatey Amaro Meletti plus a splash of vanilla liqueur.

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