There are two types of people, one who like whisky and the other type who like vodka, rum, gin, beer and everything else, except whisky. I belong to that second group of people. From where I stand, the world of whisky drinkers seems impenetrable. They describe their drink with a certain poetic elegance while the only two words I have for it are “aah aagh”, followed by a grimace.
Well, it’s safe to say, I am not a whisky person, but I have found a way to overcome my bias and enjoy this fantastic drink better. The solution is, a whisky-based cocktail.
Here are the best whisky cocktails to try, if you like me (think you) don’t like this brown liquor.
1. Mint Julep
Think of this as a minty slushie but with some whisky. Who doesn’t like that, right?
30ml Johnnie Walker Black Label Whisky
5-6 mint leaves
10ml sugar syrup
Pineapple slice and mint leaves, for garnish
Bruise the mint leaves in a julep glass.
Add the remaining ingredients to it followed by ice.
Stir it and garnish.
2. Press Pot Whisky Sour
Another trending whisky cocktail is the French press cocktail. This is made in a coffee maker and then left to infuse, giving you a unique flavour.
60ml Johnnie Walker Black Label Whisky
30ml lemon juice
20ml simple syrup
1 dash angostura bitters
1 orange peel
Half apple, sliced
1 rosemary sprig
Lemon twist, for garnish
Add the whisky, simple syrup, lemon juice and Angostura bitters to a shaker with ice.
Strain the mixture into a French press pot over the remaining ingredients.
Let it steep for a few minutes.
Press and pour over large ice cubes in an old-fashioned glass and garnish. Wasn't that quick?
Also Read: French Press Cocktails That Go Way Beyond Your Usual Coffee
3. Tea with Johnnie
This probiotic cocktail masks the taste of whisky with kombucha.
45ml Johnnie Walker Black Label Whisky
25ml fresh lemon juice
45 ml kombucha
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake hard.
Pour into a glass and enjoy on a hot day.
4. Rob Roy
This one is a classic whisky cocktail that’s been loved by whisky drinkers and cocktail drinkers in general.
60 ml Johnnie Walker Black Label Whisky
20 ml sweet vermouth
3 dashes angostura bitters
cherries, for garnish
Add all the ingredients into a mixing glass over ice and stir.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with speared cherries.
5. Whisky Smash
Bold, refreshing and delicious, this cocktail is a safe bet when you want to try something new.
60ml Johnnie Walker Black Label
20ml fresh lemon juice
10ml sugar syrup
2 slices fresh ginger
8 fresh mint leaves
1 sprig fresh mint for garnish
Pour the Johnnie Walker Black Label whisky, lemon juice and sugar syrup in a shaker.
Add fresh mint, ginger and ice cubes and give it a good shake.
Pour into a glass and garnish.
If you call yourself a non-whisky drinker, this is a great way to give this spirit a shot.