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Here are all the best whiskey cocktails! Pick from these easy classic drinks using bourbon, Scotch, Irish and rye whiskey.

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Got a great bottle of whiskey? Let’s make a cocktail! Here’s a list of the best whiskey cocktails that’s a true history lesson…so you can count your drinking as learning, too! These classic whiskey drinks span the ages: starting in 1688, through the 1800’s to the Prohibition Era and today. Sample from all the classic whiskey cocktails, and then see what modern bartenders are whipping up. The cocktail recipes in the list below include:

There are summer whiskey drinks, and cocktails more suited for fall and winter. There are easy whiskey cocktails and craft drinks with more unique ingredients. They’re sweet, sour, spicy, spirit-forward, fruity: there’s truly something for everyone, even those on the fence about this spicy spirit. Let’s get to the list: because it’s truly something special.

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Whiskey sour

Classic Whiskey Sour

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x
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This easy whiskey sour recipe is perfectly balanced and so easy to make! Garnish with an orange peel and a cocktail cherry.


  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) bourbon whiskey*
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 to 1 ounce (1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons) simple syrup or pure maple syrup
  • Garnish: Orange or lemon peel and a cocktail cherry
  • Ice, for serving


  1. Add the bourbon whiskey, lemon juice, and syrup to a cocktail shaker. Fill with a handful of ice and shake until very cold.
  2. Strain the drink into a lowball or Old Fashioned glass. Serve with ice, an orange peel and a cocktail cherry. 


*You can use any variety of whiskey, but we prefer it with the sweeter flavor of bourbon. 

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

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About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Danielle Boudreaux says:

    Besides the fact I am born and raised in New Orleans, I also speak patois and provincial french. Vieux Carre does not translate to French Quarter (though I understand why you may have assumed so from our city’s tourist website). It actually means Old Square, which refers to the French Quarter, which used to be the Spanish Quarter so the people actually living back then simply called it the Old Square to save on confusion.

    1. Leah Kellgren says:

      Thank you! I came down here to say the same thing

    2. Sonja Overhiser says:

      Thank you for pointing this out! We’ve updated the post accordingly.