Whiskey is presently the most popular spirit in the American market, so it is a clear favourite of alcohol lovers. Many people often take their whiskey neat or on the rocks but are open to cocktails involving vodkas, rums, and tequilas. However, whiskey is pretty versatile, so there are numerous opportunities to enjoy its nuances through excellent cocktails. Here are ten of the best whiskey cocktail drinks you can enjoy.

Whiskey Sour

The Whiskey Sour is perhaps the most classic whiskey cocktail and also one of the easiest to make. It is typically made with bourbon whiskey, simple syrup, and lemon juice. Some drinkers choose to include a dash of egg white to their Sour (Boston Sour), while others enjoy it with a few spoons of floating red wine (New York Sour).

Manhattan Cocktail

The Manhattan Cocktail is an iconic blend of rye whiskey, bitters, and sweet vermouth. You can make your Manhattan Cocktail with Canadian whisky, bourbon, or any other style. This classic cocktail is an excellent recipe to use when sampling a whiskey brand that is new to you.

Old Fashioned

The old-fashioned cocktail contains a splash of water, some sugar, bitters, whiskey, an orange slice, and a cherry for garnish. Any strong whiskey like bourbon, rye, or Tennessee is perfect for making an old-fashioned cocktail. People love how well this drink’s flavours are balanced, so it is no surprise that it remains in style to date.


Whiskey drinkers have always been fascinated by the Pickleback since it was popularized in Brooklyn. This modern sensation is a simple blend of Irish whiskey and pickle juice. The pickleback is easy to drink and surprisingly tasty, although it sounds like an odd combination.


The Sazerac is a whiskey cocktail masterpiece originating from New Orleans, Louisiana. It is made with lemon, syrup, herbal liqueur, and bitters, treating drinkers to different flavours that are well-balanced. Many whiskey drinkers love the blend of citrus and herbal flavours with bourbon or warm rye.

Whiskey Cobbler

The Whiskey Cobbler is a recipe that goes back to the 1800s. It is a simple drink formula of sweetened base alcohol adorned with seasonal fruit. You can add club soda if you wish or enjoy it as it is; either way, this classic cocktail remains a fantastic drink.

Boulevardier Cocktail

Many whiskey drinkers consider the Boulevardier as the best before-dinner whiskey cocktail. It is a stimulating blend of Campari, bourbon, and sweet vermouth. You can add the darker spirit to the background for a great depth of flavour and offer both drinks to delight drinkers who prefer either liquor.

Whiskey Highball

The classic Whiskey Highball is a refreshing two-ingredient cocktail that originated at the dawn of the 20th century. It remains a favourite to date, likely because it is easy to make. You need just soda, ice, and whiskey to make your Highball, and you can enjoy it anytime you need a bubbly, refreshing drink during summer.  

Mint Julep

The Mint Julep is a rich blend of sugar, water over ice, fresh mint, and bourbon. It is quite similar to a Mojito but comes with a more elegant punch. The Mint Julep is a fan favourite at the Kentucky Derby.

Rusty Nail

The rusty nail is whisky served with a whisky-based liquor. This blend of Scotch whisky and Drambuie served on the rocks is simple and hard to ruin. The rusty nail is a slow-sipping drink that is best enjoyed after dinner.