Category Archives: Whiskey Cocktails

Whiskey cocktails take in cocktail and drink recipes that include bourbon, scotch and whiskies of all varieties.

Bourbon Alexander

Bourbon Alexander variation is soft on the palate with warming notes. It's even more delicious blended with vanilla ice cream.

Bourbon Alexander – Also terrific blended with vanilla ice cream!

The Brandy Alexander is a classic dessert cocktail. It’s creamy and delicious; pure liquid indulgence. This popular classic has inspired many delicious flavored variations using a wide range of base spirits. This Bourbon Alexander is one such creative endeavor. The Bourbon Alexander gives the classic recipe a little more adventurous kick with bourbon and black cherry notes. The bourbon variation is soft on the palate with warming notes that tease the senses.

The warming notes in this version play nicely with cooler temperatures. It’s awesome as is, but… I happen to think ice cream and cooler temperatures work nicely together, too. If you’re feeling adventurous, add two scoops of vanilla ice cream to the ingredients list below. Place it all in a blender and whirl away. Pour it in a tall glass. Top with whipped cream, of course! Sprinkle nutmeg and a little shaved chocolate over the top if you dare. Double the recipe if you’re in a sharing kind of mood.

Bourbon Alexander Drink Recipe

Bourbon Alexander – recipe adapted from the Brandy Alexander classic cocktail, Cheri Loughlin

3/4 ounce Jim Beam Bourbon

3/4 ounce Red Stag by Jim Beam Black Cherry

1/2 ounce Dark Crème de Cacao

1 ounce Half & Half

Grated Nutmeg Garnish

Place liquids in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until well chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with grated nutmeg over the top of the drink.

September is National Bourbon Heritage Month. Enjoy more bourbon and whiskey based drinks during the month of September and all year long in the Whiskey Cocktails category.

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Boulevardier

Boulevardier 1-1/2 ounce Bourbon 1 ounce Campari 1 ounce Sweet Vermouth Lemon or Orange Twist – according to preference

Boulevardier Classic Cocktail

It’s no secret the Negroni Campari cocktail in its many variations is one of my favorite cocktails. The Boulevardier is the whiskey-based cousin of the Negroni. It is also the stepping stone cocktail of the Left Hand Cocktail that includes chocolate bitters. Yum!

The Boulevardier is said to date back to the 1920s making this a classic cocktail. This is an easy three ingredient drink to make. It can be served cocktail style or on the rocks. The Boulevardier drink tastes wonderful with spicier style bourbons with cinnamon notes. Spice weaves nicely with the bitter sweet flavor of Campari.

Boulevardier Classic Cocktail Recipe

Boulevardier

1-1/2 ounce Bourbon

1 ounce Campari

1 ounce Sweet Vermouth

Lemon or Orange Twist – according to preference

Place liquids in a mixing glass with ice. Stir until well chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass or into a rocks glass over a large cube of ice. Garnish with a lemon twist or orange twist. My personal preference is an orange twist.

Photo shows a Boulevardier mixed by bartender Chris Engles, Omaha, Nebraska.

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The Journey Cocktail

The Journey is full and lush with nutty sweetness and subtle chocolate notes.

The Journey is full and lush with nutty sweetness and subtle chocolate notes.

The simplicity and style of The Journey cocktail follows along the line of classic cocktails while using spirits with a solid history. This recipe specifically highlights the lush flavors found within The Macallan Single Malt Whisky.

The Journey is full and lush with nutty sweetness and subtle chocolate notes. The Macallan remains flavorful in the underlying character of this cocktail.

The Journey Cocktail Recipe

The Journey - The Macallan 12, Heering Cherry Liqueur, Taylor Fladgate Tawny Porto 10 Year, Grand Marnier, Fee Brothers Peach Bitters, Orange Zest Twist

The Journey – The Macallan 12, Heering Cherry Liqueur, Taylor Fladgate Tawny Porto 10 Year, Grand Marnier, Fee Brothers Peach Bitters, Orange Zest Twist

The Journey – recipe by Cheri Loughlin

1-1/2 ounces The Macallan 12

1/2 ounce Heering Cherry Liqueur

1/2 ounce Taylor Fladgate Tawny Porto 10 Year

1/4 ounce Grand Marnier

1 Dash Fee Brothers Peach Bitters

Orange Zest Twist

Combine liquids in a mixing glass with ice. Stir until well chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Zest a fresh orange twist over the cocktail and drop twist into the drink.

The Journey cocktail was commissioned by representatives of The Macallan in 2011 for the Masters of Photography campaign. This recipe has also been featured on The Macallan website and Whiskey Israel. Find more recipes created by Cheri Loughlin for The Macallan on this site.

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Single Malt Scotch Cocktail: Cameron’s Kick

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Single Malt Scotch 042In the world of single malt scotches, you’re more likely to see an old fashioned glass with glistening scotch resting neatly or nestled snuggly within a few chilly rocks than served in a chilled martini glass cocktail style. But in the world of mixed drinks, scotch cocktails are seeing an increase in popularity. There are diehard scotch enthusiasts who believe the spirit shouldn’t be tainted with more than a bit or air, water or possibly a cube of ice. But adventurous consumers demand more. They’ve tasted and sampled the scotch. Now they want to explore and experiment with scotch cocktails.

Cameron’s Kick Scotch Cocktail

Like so many classic cocktails, Cameron’s Kick can be found with numerous recipe variations. I prefer this particular recipe with a Speyside single malt scotch for deeper, richer flavor. The one I used means “Valley of the Deer” in case you’re curious. I also cut the Orgeat syrup to 1/2 ounce for a little less sweet. Orange bitters are a nice addition. Garnish is not called for in the original recipe, but I think this scotch cocktail lends itself rather nicely to a thin orange peel twisted over the top to glean the essential oils and then discarded.

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1-1/2 ounce Scotch

1-1/2 ounce Irish Whiskey

3/4 ounce Fresh Lemon Juice

3/4 ounce Orgeat (Almond) Syrup

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled martini glass.

Wine Chateau carries a large selection of quality Scotch for your enjoyment including Single Malt Scotch. The scotch meaning “Valley of the Deer” that I used is in there too! Psst…It’s in a green bottle.

The Cocktail Data Base lists the Cameron’s Kick Cocktail with 1 ounce Scotch, 1/2 ounce Irish Whiskey, 3/4 ounce Lemon Juice and 2 dashes Orange Bitters. There’s no almond syrup, so this recipe might come across a wee bit pungent.

Many other writers, such as Jake Lahne of Smile Politely, use the recipe of 1 ounce each Scotch and Irish Whiskey and 1/2 ounce each Lemon Juice and Orgeat Syrup. Like others, Jake calls for blended scotch rather than single malt scotch. Single malt verses blended is all a matter of preference. Bill’s comment over at Cocktails at the Cove regarding the way the lemon juice disguises the taste of the scotch and whiskey is the reason I prefer a heartier single malt scotch for this particular drink.

It’s a Scotch cocktail after all. I want to taste the scotch!

Post sponsored by Wine Chateau. All commentary and opinions are my own.

Cheri Loughlin Beverage Consultant & Photography Services

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Auchentoshan Classic Scotch Cocktail

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Many believe using a single malt Scotch in a mixed drink is a crime. Using a single malt can add a rich, through-the-line taste and aroma that can’t be beat. The following recipe shows just how great using a single malt can be. Plus, it’s the perfect way to introduce Scotch to the less initiated. – media materials

David Clelland, International Whisky Specialist, introduces Auchentoshan Classic in the video below. He also demonstrates the Glasgow Kiss.

Glasgow Kiss – created by Fat Radish Restaurant, NYC

1-1/2 ounce Auchentoshan ClassicAuchentoshan Single Malt Scotch Whisky Classic 013 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

1/2 Fresh Pear

1 teaspoon Pear Jam

5 Cardamom Pods

1/2 ounce Orange Curacao

1/2 ounce Lime Juice

1/2 ounce Simple Syrup

Triple Pear Fan Garnish

Muddle cardamom pods and fresh pear in bottom of cocktail shaker. Add remaining liquid ingredients with ice. Shake to blend. Double strain into an old fashioned glass over crushed ice. Garnish with triple fan garnish.

Wine Chateau carries many of the Auchentoshan expressions including the Auchentoshan Classic. Their site includes basic tasting notes, like the ones below provided by the brand, and lengthy technical notes concerning the process and the distillery.

Auchentoshan Single Malt Scotch Whisky Classic 008 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

Triple distilled and matured solely in American bourbon casks. The result: a Lowland Single Malt Whisky with the sweet aromas of vanilla and coconut; along with the signature smooth, delicate, Auchentoshan taste. – media materials

Offical Auchentoshan Brand Tasting Notes

Color: Pale Gold

Aroma: Rich vanilla and coconut, hint of green apple and a tang of citrus zest

Taste: Sweet vanilla cream, fresh green apple skin and a little mint

Finish: Fresh, floral zestiness

80 Proof / 40% alcohol – $35 to $45 price range depending upon where you buy

Post sponsored by Wine Chateau. – Tasting notes and recipe courtesy representatives of Campari America and Auchentoshan. Auchentoshan on Facebook

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