We're calling all whiskey lovers and whiskey newbies, it's time to gather 'round because today is World Whiskey Day! In honor of this auspicious occasion we're mixing up some of our favorite libations and you should too.
And don't be intimidated if you're experimenting with your first bottle, with the right mixer, a whiskey cocktail can be light and sweet (or dark and sultry if thats how you want to play it).
This whiskey punch is inspired by sangria - and you should mix it up by the pitcher full. It's got a citrusy tang from orange, lemon, and lime balanced by sweet ruby red pomegranate and deep smokey whiskey. Top it off with Sprite for bubbles and pomegranate seeds for a pleasant bite.
This creative cocktails calls for freshly made grilled apple juice and cinnamon syrup to really play up the warm and smokey flavors in whiskey. It's mixed together with a dash of bitters and a healthy dose of whiskey for an adults-only play on apple cider.
Award-winning chef Jesse Schenker has cooked for the world’s best chefs, including Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Thomas Keller. At his highly acclaimed restaurant Recette, he marries classic warm flavors (sweet, spicy, dark) for a delicious take on the classic Manhattan cocktail using a cinnamon fig vermouth. The vermouth is steeped with whole cinnamon sticks and a pint of figs to create a warm, smokey flavor.
Geoffrey Zakarian's restaurant The National features a seasonal cocktail menu that offers unique twists on traditional cocktails. One is a riff on a Manhattan, playfully named the Midtown Manhattan. A modern version of the classic, it's made with Old Forester Bourbon, Carpano Antica Formula Aged Vermouth, and Angostura Orange Bitters and garnished with a Les Parisiennes Cherry in Kirsch Brandy. Perfect to kick off a sexy evening.
Yes, hot toddys are generally a winter drink but they're good to have in your cocktail repertoire should you find yourself skiing the mountains of Argentina mid-August... or you just want to turn up the heat on already hot summer days. It's a mix of breakfast tea, sweet honey, and whiskey. As much or as little as you prefer.