Whisky cocktails are hot, here are eight that we like.
Midnight in Manhattan
1 ¾ oz. Rittenhouse Rye
¼ oz. Amaro
¾ oz. Sweet vermouth
Two splashes Black walnut bitters
Stir all ingredients in a large mason jar with plenty of cubes. Garnish with lit orange zest over finished cocktail and a brandied cherry.
Savvas Punsalan, head bartender at Peppervine in Charlotte, NC, created this recipe.
1 ½ oz. Legent bourbon
½ oz. Ginger liqueur
¾ oz. Fresh lemon juice
½ oz. Simple syrup
2 dashes Rhubarb bitters
1 Dash Aromatic bitters
Muddle strawberry in a shaking tin. Add all remaining ingredients and ice. Shake well and strain over ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a slice of lemon.
Barlow Gilmore, @theweekendmixologist, created this recipe.
1 ½ oz. Uncle Nearest 1884 small batch whiskey
1 tsp. Raspberry preserves
½ oz. Simple syrup
½ oz. Fresh lemon juice
2 dashes Regan’s orange bitters
Combine ingredients and shake. Strain into cocktail glass.
Uncle Nearest master blender Victoria Eady Butler and brand ambassador Speedy Krantz created this recipe.
1 ½ oz. Angels Envy bourbon
¾ oz. Apricot or peach liqueur from Marie Brizard
¾ oz. Agave syrup (1:1)
1 oz. Lemon juice
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1-2 oz. Club soda
Combine ingredients (except soda) and shake. Strain into a cinnamon-and-sugar-rimmed tall glass and top with club soda. Garnish with a dried apricot or dried peach.
The mixologists at BALEENkitchen in the Portofino Hotel & Marina in Redondo Beach, CA, created this recipe to honor the property’s history as the finish line for the infamous cross-country race.
1 oz. Mr. Black coffee liqueur
1 oz. Bourbon
¼ oz. Simple syrup (1:1)
6-8 Mint leaves
Add liqueur syrup, and mint into a julep cup, or any metal or copper cup, muddle lightly to express mint oils. Add bourbon and lots of crushed or shaved ice, garnish with mint sprigs and a straw.
Mixologist Stephen Kurpinsky created this recipe for Mr. Black.
1 oz. High West American Prairie bourbon
¾ oz. Cognac
½ oz. Yellow Chartreuse
½ oz. Fino sherry
Add all ingredients to a mixing glass and stir with cube ice until chilled. Strain with a julep strainer into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with an orange twist wrapped around brandied cherries.
The mixologists at High West created this recipe.
New Riff on the Ohio Cocktail
1 ½ oz. New Riff Kentucky straight rye whiskey
¾ oz. Bigallet china china amaro
½ oz. Cocchi sweet vermouth
½ oz. Dry Curaçao
2 oz. Kombucha (unflavored)
Stir all ingredients except kombucha in a mixing glass filled with ice. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice (or over an ice ball) and top with kombucha.
Katie Tobin, bar manager at New Riff’s The Aquifer tasting bar, created this recipe.
1 ½ oz. Charbay R5 hop flavored whiskey
¾ oz. Aperol
¾ oz. Carpano Antica vermouth
Splash of Cara Cara orange juice
In a large rocks glass over a large ice cube, add ingredients and stir gently to combine and lightly chill; express the oils from a large piece of orange peel over the top of the drink, wiping the oils on the rim of the glass before dropping it into the drink.
Chef David Kinch and bar manager Jason Strich of Manresa in Los Gatos, CA, created this recipe.