5 classic whisky cocktails you need to celebrate whisky
Gone are the days when Whisky was strictly served neat or on the rocks. Whisky cocktails are making a comeback on menus across the world and it’s time to get involved! World-class bartender and Whisky guru Ali Reynolds reveals his favorite Scotch serves and discusses why this is one trend you need to try.
Why whisky cocktails?
Believe it or not, the recent rise of the Whisky cocktail isn’t a new phenomenon. Whisky cocktails have been around for well over a century and were particularly popular in the 1930s before Gin and Vodka took over. These serves are experiencing a welcome revival at the moment, with exciting twists on classics like the Old-Fashioned and the Whisky Sour popping up on menus in some of the world’s best bars.
Whisky is an extremely varied spirit and has lots of different flavors for you to experiment with when creating new serves. Whisky cocktails are also a great way to refresh your menu, showcase your skills and make your venue stand out. These serves can be tailored exactly to your customers’ tastes, providing a great way to introduce first-time Whisky drinkers to the category—or even surprise lifelong Whisky lovers.
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Five sensational scotch serves
Here are five of my favorite classic Whisky cocktails, each with a different style and flavor, so you’re bound to find one to suit every customer!
MORNING GLORY FIZZ
This is a great example of a delicate Scotch drink. Fresh citrus and floral flavors are all perfectly balanced together in a tall drink that is topped with soda.
- 2 oz. JOHNNIE WALKER Black Label
- .25 oz. lemon juice
- .25 oz. lime juice
- .5 oz. simple syrup
- .75 oz. egg white
- 1 dash Absinthe
Shake all ingredients without ice.
Shake with ice and strain.
Top with ice-cold soda.
Garnish with lemon zest.
Created at the Waldorf Astoria, where the Empire State Building now sits, this cocktail is essentially a Manhattan with Scotch replacing bourbon. I certainly can’t argue with that!
60ml JOHNNIE WALKER BLACK LABEL SCOTCH WHISKY
30ml Cocchi americano
2 Dashes peychaud bitters
Stir over cubed ice
Strain into a chilled martini glass
18.9 grams of alcohol*(according to mls of the serve)
This cocktail combines two great Whisk(e)y nations—Scotland and Ireland—and with the addition of sweet almond and fresh lemon flavors this is the perfect serve to offer customers who are looking for something different.
- 1 oz. JOHNNIE WALKER Black Label
- 1 oz. ROE AND CO Irish Whiskey
- .5 oz. orgeat
- .75 oz. lemon juice
Shake all the ingredients and strain over ice.
Garnish with a lemon twist.
BLOOD AND SAND
When it comes to classic Scotch cocktails, the Blood and Sand is at the top of the list. Its history is somewhat blurry, but it’s generally accepted that the name was inspired by the movie Blood and Sand.
- .75 oz. CLYNELISH 14 Year Old Scotch Whisky
- .75 oz. orange juice
- .75 oz. Vermouth
- .75 oz. Cherry Liqueur
Shake all ingredients over ice.
Fine strain into a chilled Martini glass.
Garnish with orange and lemon zests.
Scotch Highball – (Mizuwari)
Evidence that Scotch is the perfect drink of choice for a warm summer’s day—or any day for that matter! Concocted in Japan, the Mizuwari serve comes from the words mizu (water) and wari (divide). Great Scotch over clear cut ice and chilled soda water with a simple lemon twist is my favorite Whisky highball to offer customers.
- 2 oz. TALISKER 25 Year Old Scotch Whisky
- Ice-cold, sparkling water on the side
Pour Scotch over clear block ice in a highball glass.
Zest lemon over the top.
Serve with stirrer and ice cold sparkling water.
(*One standard drink contains 0.6 fluid ounces of alcohol)