Whiskey has three basic ingredients, barley, yeast and water, and is made through the process of malting, mashing, distilling, fermentation, and finally, maturation. Despite the simplicity of it’s ingredients and production process, whiskey is complex in flavor and body, produced all over the world with no two bottles ever the same. Scotch and Irish whiskey are best enjoyed as it comes, but bourbon whiskey can be used to create a variety of cocktails and mixed drinks.
This simple cocktail packs a punch. To make a whiskey stinger, add 2 oz. whiskey and 1 oz. peppermint liqueur to a cocktail shaker and shake thoroughly. Serve in a cocktail glass over ice, and garnish with a fresh sprig of mint.
This strong cocktail has a distinct “zingy” flavor. The whiskey sour is made by mixing 2 oz. whiskey with the juice of one lemon, 1/2 tsp. of confectioners sugar and ice and traditionally served in a “sour glass” with a cherry and orange wedge to garnish.
The highball is a simple, refreshing mixed drink. To make, pour 1 1/2 oz. whiskey into a highball glass filled with ice. Top with ginger ale and garnish with a lemon peel.
A strong, sweet cocktail, the all American is not for the fainthearted. To make an all American, place two ice cubes in a short glass or tumbler. Add 2 oz. bourbon whiskey, 1 oz. southern comfort and 2 oz. cola before stirring gently.
To make an old fashioned, add 1 tsp. of water and a dash of bitters to a short glass or tumbler. Add 1 tsp. sugar and stir together. Finally, add 2 oz. whiskey, several ice cubes and mix well. Garnish with an orange wedge, a cherry and a twist of lemon peel.
References and ResourcesWhiskey for Everyone: How Whiskey is Made
Cocktails Online: Whiskey Cocktails Recipes
Whiskey Wise: The Wonderful World of Whiskey