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Not all whiskies are equal, especially when it comes to cocktails. Which one's your preferred whisky for that delicious cocktail?

While the snobbers keep on snobbing, it is not a good idea to mix such an excellent, superior drink with anything. As per me, it is nothing but a cheap thrill. I think it’s more of personal preference - whether to have it neat or in as cocktail. Though my all-time favourite remains Jack and Coke, there’s still an extensive list that one must sip of. But one common thing you’ll surely notice about all these cocktails is Blended. We have such a huge variety of whiskeys like Single Malt, Bourbon, Tennessee, Rye, etc. Still, why stick to Blended? The reason is quite simple. It is because blended whiskey is made by blending different types of whiskeys. Thus, when you mix such whiskey with any other drink, you can surely make the drink tastier.

Few “experts” also refrain from mixing high-end whiskey while making your cocktail. While one should try to stay away from the cheapest whiskeys, you can use middle-ground spirits for your cocktails, thus Blended.

It is commonly discussed among the pseudo-whisky-intellectuals that adding whisky to a cocktail is pure sacrilege. These pseudo-whisky-intellectuals are those people who have no idea behind some of the best cocktails getting their distinct flavor only because of the whisky added. True that some whiskies do not stand a chance and are thus not cocktail friendly but here are some brands that are used commonly in cocktails. Rob Roy, a famous Manhattan Cocktail commonly uses Johnny Walker Black label or Chivas Regal as its poison.

Agreed, a Single malt cannot be held on its own in a cocktail or with a cherry, but then if you have heard of Sweet Solera, Glenfiddich is the most commonly used whisky in the cocktail. Ballantine’s also holds its ground when the mixologists or bartenders as I like to call them, make the Whisky Sour.

Green Gimlets generally use scotch and JW Red Label, Grant’s among others. There’s a huge list of whisky based cocktails. You just need to know which whisky to pour in which cocktail is all.

There are many blends of whiskeys available in the market but the best whiskey specifically to make cocktails is not one in particular but anything mixed with Gin!  Gin is my favorite! Moving on, whiskey drinkers who know best always order a Sazerac at the bar. The addition of bitters, absinthe, sugar, and water smoothes out the bite of the liquor, without skyrocketing the calorie number.

The second most preferred blend has to be is scotch. Scotch whiskey has the reputation of being hard to mix, but I prefer scotch for my drinks more than often. Scotch is a hard ingredient to mix with, yes I agree! Most cocktails that call for Scotch call for a good blend. So if your scotch is good, the cocktail will ultimately be good too!

Different whiskies, what makes them different is the types, diversity of taste, origin, ingredients, production etc.

Its various types are scotch, Irish, Single malt , Blend, Bourbon and Rye. Malt whisky is one of the best and are mostly produced in Scotland. It is made from malted barley. Grain whisky is not made from malted barley, it contains any type of grain. Blended whisky contains any mixture of different whiskies. Single pot still whisky is made from Ireland, it may contain grain, unmalted barley. Bourbon whisky is produced in US. Rye whisky is mainly produced in the US, and still today in Canada. corn whisky also made from US but its 100% corn. Everyone finds taste of these differently and choice is always personal but blended whiskies and bourbon are sold the most. Most judicious way to know the differences is experiencing it.

Whiskies by their nature do not like mixing with other drinks, and this is why there are fewer
whisky cocktails in bars around the world compared to other more commonly used liquors
such as gin or vodka.
One would like to use the best liquor for cocktails to taste the best and single malts just do
not agree to this treatment. This is why top blended scotch whiskies are used in the making
of cocktails. Some of the more common cocktail-friendly whiskies are Red, Black and Blue
Label by Johnny Walker, Chivas Regal 18, 96 Dewar’s 18, The Famous Grouse and the
likes.

In my opinion, the best whisky ever to make a good glass of impeccable cocktail is Rye. Period. Many might disagree, and that’s quite alright; to each their own.

My reason to choose rye over any other, especially blended scotch, is mostly because the original recipes of some of the worlds most popular cocktails lists rye as their main ingredient. Don’t believe me, try out some of these recipes and you’ll know what I mean.

  • Whiskey smash

No less than a refreshing minty lemonade made better with the addition of rye whiskey; this cocktail is finished with crushed ice for a maximum chill!

  • Boulevardier

Negroni’s moody fraternal twin— Boulevardier, is a mixture of rye whiskey, sweet vermouth and Campari.

  • Sazerac

This legendary cocktail combines rye whiskey, Peychaud’s bitters and an absinthe rinse.

  • Vieux Carre

Straight from New Orleans, this rye cocktail has both a herb-like flavor and a sweet spiced one.

  • Sea Captain’s Special

Probably the

  • Suburban

Dating all the way back to 1875, this one’s a classic too. Usually served up in a traditional cocktail glass, it blends rye whiskey with dark rum and port, and is finished off with a dash of Angostura bitters.

Whiskey is mostly consumed " on the rocks" or with water so that you get the original flavors and taste of the drink. Whether it is the American Bourbon or the good old Single Malt, just pour a bit of the amber liquid in the glass and we savor our drink! However, there are whiskeys which blend extremely well with other alcoholic drinks or juices which make them quite popular amongst cocktails lovers. These varieties allow people to get creative with their whiskey and discover some new and intriguing tastes and flavors of your favourite whiskey.

If you are a cocktail lover, then you should try blending other liquids with Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, Johnnie Walker, Glenlivet, and Chivas Regal. Some Irish whiskeys also blend well to give you great cocktail explosions that can totally blow your mind away, in more ways than one!

I will give you the names of some very famous cocktails that can be made using Irish whiskey which are classy yet refreshing.
 Blarney Stone
 The Copywriter
 Buena Vista Fizz
 The Weeski
 Whiskey Sour
 The Emerald

What are you waiting for? Go find the recipes and get experimenting!

 

•    Johnnie Walker - A little heavier drink on itself, allows the bartender to play around with sweet based cocktails to maintain the alcohol by volume.

•    Jim Beam - One of the affordable bourbon with smooth notes. As much as it goes well on the rocks, some like to experiment with cocktails given its taste.

•    Jack Daniels - A notch up when compared to most of the other whiskeys with its flavour. Coke-friendly and something that can be had all-night long.

•    100 Pipers – While the above three drinks maybe savoured all over the world, 100 Pipers remains a favourite in India. 100 Pipers can be used in most of the common whiskey-based cocktails.

Whiskey is supposed to be had with water or sometimes with nothing so that you get the

original flavor and taste of the drink. Whether it is the American Bourbon or the good old

Single Malt Scotch, just pour us a bit of the amber liquid in the glass and we are happy kids!

However, there are whiskeys which blend extremely well with other alcoholic drinks or juices

which makes them in high demand for cocktails. These varieties allow people to get creative

with their whiskey and discover some new and intriguing tastes and flavours of your favourite

whiskey.

If you are a lover of cocktails, then you should try blending other liquids with with Jack

Daniels, Jim Beam, Johnnie Walker, Glenlivet, and Chivas Regal,

Some Irish whiskeys also blend well to give you great cocktail explosions that can totally blow

your mind away, in more ways than one! :P I will give you the names of some very famous

cocktails that can be made using Irish whiskey that are classy yet refreshing.

 Blarney Stone

 The Copywriter

 Buena Vista Fizz

 The Weeski

 EVR's Whiskey Sour

 The Emerald

What are you waiting for? Go find the recipes and get to work!

In my opinion, the best whisky ever to make a good glass of impeccable cocktail is Rye.

Period. Many might disagree, and that’s quite alright; to each their own.

My reason to choose rye over any other, especially blended scotch, is mostly because

the original recipes of some of the worlds most popular cocktails lists rye as their main

ingredient. Don’t believe me, try out some of these recipes and you’ll know what I mean.

 Whiskey smash

No less than a refreshing minty lemonade made better with the addition of rye

whiskey; this cocktail is finished with crushed ice for a maximum chill!

 Boulevardier

Negroni’s moody fraternal twin— Boulevardier, is a mixture of rye whiskey,

sweet vermouth and Campari.

 Sazerac

This legendary cocktail combines rye whiskey, Peychaud’s bitters and an

absinthe rinse.

 Vieux Carre

Straight from New Orleans, this rye cocktail has both a herb-like flavor and a

sweet spiced one.

 Sea Captain’s Special

Probably the first cocktail dedicated to rye whiskey. With a bitter-sour taste

that comes from a mix of bitters, pastis, and champagne, the flavor is hard to

miss.

 Suburban

Dating all the way back to 1875, this one’s a classic too. Usually served up in

a traditional cocktail glass, it blends rye whiskey with dark rum and port, and

is finished off with a dash of Angostura bitters.

Both Single Malts and blends have a nasty reputation for not being cocktail friendly due to their

peaty/smoky/salty character. As such whisky is the guy who does not want to mix with anything but

water but that’s also something whisky is made in, so it’s no surprise.

However, there are those who kept trying, and there are those who still are trying to come up with a

new cocktail every day that employs the strengths and weaknesses of whisky.

Blood and Sand

It is one of the most common whisky cocktails that use the blood red orange juice and a splash of

Islay Single malt. It is suggested to use a bloodier colour of the juice rather than an orange one.

Whisky Sour

Kentucky Whiskey, more commonly known as bourbon, is used in the making of whisky sour.

Rob Roy

Rob Roy is basically a scotch Manhattan (another cocktail) and was invented in 1984 at the Waldorf

Hotel. It was named after the opera that opened in New York that year.

There are others such as affinity, Bobby Burns, Hot toddy, whisky punch, etc.

It is a commonly known fact that whiskies don’t hold their ground in cocktails and it really

requires a trained hand to give you a cocktail that does not destroy the flavor of the golden

liquid.

Mixologists of whisky have time and again given us famous cocktails which rely solely on

whisky for their alcohol. Sometimes the contents of these cocktails can be many, and on the

other hand a lemon, mint would do.

It does not, however, come as a shocker that the most famous whiskies in the world, which

are also famously made with utmost care, are the ones which are also the most cocktail

friendly.

To list a few cocktails that employ the rich tastes of whisky are Old fashioned, Manhattan,

Whiskey Sour, Rob Roy, Rusty Nail, Godfather, Amber Moon, Blood and Sand and many

others.

Commonly used whiskies to make these cocktails are Glenfiddich, Johnny Walker Black

Label, Johnny Walker Red Label, Ballantine’s, Grant’s, Jack Daniels among others.

 

Whisky is probably the best known of Scotland's manufactured products. The world of

whiskey is vast and continually expanding, and just as the brands continue to change,

so do the cocktails we make with them. While the list of great whiskey cocktails grows

daily, there are a few tried and tested drinks that are essential to creating a great

whiskey experience. From my point of view, the market of Cocktail and Whiskies is

going to grow all around the world. Some of the cocktails in the modern time are being

used as a fat cutter.