5 Most Popular Classic Whiskey Cocktails

Whiskey Classic Cocktails


How do I know they are these are the 5 Most Popular Whiskey Cocktails? I posted a poll on both my Youtube channel and on Reddit and received over 2,000 votes. It was pretty clear that the Old Fashioned was the most popular by a long shot receiving a large number of votes as seen in the poll results below. Here are the 5 most popular classics and their recipes (method for each cocktail included within the video and recipes below).


Best Whiskey Cocktails

Note: I omitted the Penicillin from the video as A) I uploaded the Penicillin recipe very recently and B) I limited the list to classic whiskey cocktails and the Penicillin is a modern classic. 


Old Fashioned

The ‘modern’ version of the old fashioned was thought to be created back in the 1880s at the Pendennis Club when a patron asked for a drink in the Old Fashioned way. The bartender created a bittered sling but served it over ice and with a twist of orange, therefore creating the old fashioned.

  • 60mL Bourbon / Rye Whiskey (2 oz)
  • 2 Dashes of Angostura
  • Sugar Cube
  • Orange Twist


Amaretto Sour Cocktail Recipe

The whiskey sour was first printed on a menu back in 1856 and was originally served over crushed ice. It wasn’t until the 1890s that the egg white was incorporated.

  • 60mL Bourbon Whiskey (2 oz)
  • 22.5mL Fresh Lemon Juice (¾ oz)
  • 22.5mL Simple Syrup (1:1) (¾ oz)
  • Egg White
  • Dash of Angostura


Classic Manhattan Cocktail Recipe

The back story of the Manhattan is a little hazy but we are led to believe that it was created at New York’s Manhattan Club back in the 1880s.

  • 60mL Rye Whiskey (2 oz)
  • 30mL Sweet Vermouth (1 oz)
  • 2 Dashes of Angostura
  • Maraschino Cherry


The Sazerac is believed to be created in New Orleans in 1850 by the creator of Peychaud’s Bitters which is still used within the drink to this day. The original recipe called for cognac but there was a shortage on grapes 15 years on and the drink was then made using rye whiskey.

  • 60mL Rye Whiskey (2 oz)
  • 2 Dashes of Peychauds Bitters
  • 1 Sugar Cube
  • Absinthe Rinse


The Irish Coffee was first made in the 1940s by an Irish bartender for Americans. He slipped in a nip of whiskey into each coffee and when they questioned “is this Brazilian coffee” he exclaimed “no, it’s Irish Coffee” and the name stuck.

  • 45mL Irish Coffee (1½ oz)
  • 2 Tsp of Brown Sugar
  • Hot Coffee
  • Pouring Cream

What is your favourite whiskey cocktail? Comment below…

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