The Algonquin Cocktail recipe features rye, dry vermouth and pineapple juice.

The Algonquin is a very old classic that dates back to at least the 1930s. It features rye bourbon with dry vermouth and pineapple juice, which makes for a sweet, easy-going, slightly tropical cocktail. If you find this one is a little too mellow, as I do, you can wake it up with a dash of … [Read more...]

The Boulevardier

The Boulevardier drink recipe with whiskey, Campari and sweet vermouth.

If you've rejected the Negroni in the past because you don't like gin, you might want to try The Boulevardier. It uses whiskey instead of gin, and the flavor difference is surprising, even with the other ingredients being the same. I like a good Negroni, made with a gin that's strong enough … [Read more...]

Fox River Cocktail

Fox River Cocktail Recipe: bourbon, brown creme de cacao, Angostura bitters

The Fox River Cocktail is bourbon based - specifically, it's based on two ounces of bourbon and not a lot else. This should tell you two things about the drink. First, the flavor of the bourbon is going to have a lot to say about the flavor of the drink. It's worth stepping up to a "better" … [Read more...]

Frisco Sour

Frisco Sour drink recipe with rye or bourbon, Benedictine, lemon and lime.

The Frisco Sour is an old classic. The usual recipe for a sour is your main ingredient + lemon + simple syrup or sugar. But this drink uses Benedictine for sweetening. Benedictine is technically a brandy, but it has a flavor that's hard to convey in words. It's sweet - too sweet for many … [Read more...]

Irish Coffee

Irish Coffee drink recipe with Irish whiskey, hot coffee, Irish cream and whipped cream.

The Irish Coffee is a classic cocktail featuring coffee and Irish whiskey. There are three variations on it, one with just Irish whiskey and coffee. If you prefer it sweeter, go with the optional Irish cream or sugar. (The Irish cream gets my vote.) This is a quintessential after dinner … [Read more...]

The Opium Cocktail

Opium Cocktail drink recipe from Calle Dao - Bourbon, Tamarind Syrup, Ruby Red, Lemon, Poppy Seed Tincture

The Opium is a bourbon-based cocktail created by Joy Daniel at Calle Dao, a Cuban-Chinese fusion restaurant that recently opened in New York City. It blends the bourbon with fresh-squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice, tamarind syrup, lemon juice and poppy seed for a surprisingly refreshing … [Read more...]

Washington Apple Cocktail

Washington Apple Cocktail recipe: Crown Royal, Sour Apple Pucker, cranberry juice

The Washington Apple Cocktail tastes a bit like a boozy apple. A healthy dose of whiskey combines with Sour Apple Pucker schnapps and cranberry juice. The taste is tart with underlying sweetness. This drink looks cool, too - if you pour it as instructed, the bright green Sour Apple Pucker … [Read more...]

Midori Sour

Midori Sour drink recipe - Midori, Whiskey, Lemon, Sprite

The Midori Sour is based loosely on the classic Whiskey Sour. It features Midori blended with whiskey, lemon juice and Sprite. The melon flavor hits your taste buds first, with lemon following closely behind. Remember not to waste good single malt whiskey on a cocktail - Jack Daniel's or … [Read more...]

Kevin’s Special Blend

Kevin's Special Blend drink recipe - Rye Whiskey, Iced Tea Mix, Cold Water

Kevin's Special Blend is a drink best served cold. That makes it perfect for whipping up as a pitcher you can enjoy a glass at a time. This recipe blends iced tea mix with water and rye whiskey, so basically, you're making iced tea on the fly. Which means another option is to mix rye whiskey with … [Read more...]

Fuzzy Blue Gobbler

Fuzzy Blue Gobbler drink recipe - Peach Schnapps, Maui Blue, Wild Turkey

The Fuzzy Blue Gobbler features Maui Blue, a schnapps with an orange flavor. If you don't have it on hand, you can substitute Blue Curacao. It's a strong little shot, all alcohol and no mixers. This drink is peach meets orange meets whiskey. That makes for a fruity combination that's got some … [Read more...]

Shotgun Cocktail

Shotgun Cocktail recipe - Jim Beam, Jack Daniels, Wild Turkey

The Shotgun Cocktail is straight alcohol with no mixers, like many other shots before it. This one is simply three types of whiskey in one glass. This drink is a nice choice for when you want a palatable shot of whiskey at a reasonable price, especially if you're looking to chug it. It's a … [Read more...]

John Collins cocktail

John Collins cocktail recipe - Bourbon, Lemon, Sugar, Club Soda

The John Collins cocktail makes fantastic use of not-so-special bourbon whiskey. It turns out by adding some lemon juice, a little sugar and some carbonation, you can turn it into a very tasty cocktail. This is an ideal drink for cooling down on a hot day, especially one spent out of doors. … [Read more...]