12 Best Homemade Whiskey Cocktails

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Below you will find easy recipes for homemade whiskey cocktails, which you can enjoy(and brag) with friends and family or just by yourself (not recommended).

But first..


How did we came up with making cocktails, really?


Cocktails were born at the end of the 18th century, mainly in England and the United States. They were very successful in the 1920s during the prohibition in the United States, because adding another drink made it possible to hide the bad taste of the contraband alcohol available at the time.

These mixed drinks can be made with or without alcohol and are divided into two main categories, the “long drinks” (tall drinks) of 120 to 250 ml, mainly served for aperitifs and the “short drinks” of 70 to 100ml consumed for aperitifs or digestives.

The cocktails can be prepared with various spirits such as whisky, rum, gin or vodka. Here are some timeless homemade whiskey cocktails recipes for making cocktails with different types of whiskies.

Note: Sometimes we use cl (centiliters) instead of ml (milliliters) in cocktail preparation and 1 cl = 10 ml, so keep that in mind when you see the cl measure somewhere.

Also, a dash equals about 10 drops if you are using milliliter-dropper and about 1/5 of a teaspoon.


12 Best Homemade Whiskey Cocktails

Irish Whiskey Cocktails:

1. Whiskey in the jar


  • 120 ml whiskey Bushmills
  • 3 to 4 ripe peaches (or concentrated peach juice)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoons of powdered sugar (or 4 tablespoons of peach syrup)
  • mint leaves
  • ice cube

Preparation :

1 / Wash the peaches and then wipe them thoroughly with a clean, dry cloth.

2 / peel the peaches. Remove their core.

3 / put the cut peaches, the powdered sugar, the whiskey, the unsweetened condensed milk, the ice cubes and some mint leaves in a blender. Mix for 1 to 2 minutes.

4 / cool in the refrigerator before pouring into large glasses or jars.

5 / Add a few more ice cubes just before serving.

2. The Ginger Ale Whiskey Cocktail

Cocktail made with Teeling Whiskey and Ginger Ale, a sure value in Ireland.

Ingredients :

  • 45 ml of Teeling Whiskey Small Batch
  • 200 ml of Ginger Ale Franklin & Sons
  • 15 ml lemon juice

For decoration: one lemon

Preparation :

1/ using a blender cocktail, pour 45 ml of Teeling whiskey.

2 / then add 15 ml of lemon juice and 200 ml of Franklin & Sons Ginger Ale.

3 / Mix with a cocktail mixer.

4 / for decoration, add a few lemon slices.

4. The Dubliner

This cocktail is adapted from the original recipe of Gary & Mardee Regan (cocktail experts) created in 1999 in New York.

Ingredients :

  • 60 ml Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • 15 ml Grand Marnier
  • 15 ml red Vermouth
  • 2 drops of orange bitters (or Angostura)

Preparation :

1/ Mix all ingredients with ice.

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2 / filter through a cocktail glass.

3/ Optional : decorate with cherries.

4/ If you don’t have Grand Marnier, substitute with orange liqueur.

4. The Irish Gold

Irish Gold cocktail whiskey

This cocktail is not just for big occasions like St. Patrick’s day, it can also be an aperitif for any occasion. The Irish Gold combines irish whiskey with orange, peach and ginger beer (ginger ale). The result is a fruity and refreshing whisky drink.

You can also easily make your own homemade orange oil by following this recipe.

Ingredients :

  • 60 ml of whiskey Paddy
  • 15 ml of Peach Schnapps
  • 1 splash of orange juice
  • 15 ml ginger beer Franklin & Sons

Preparation :

1/ Put the whiskey, schnapps and orange juice into a glass with ice.

2/ Add the ginger beer.

3/ Garnish the glass with a slice of lime.

5. Ginger D. E. W

Although they are very different, the ginger beer and the Irish whiskey Tullamore DEW have something in common. Indeed, their colors are similar, each has its own scent and a pronounced aroma. The spicy ginger blends perfectly with the light spicy side of the whiskey.

Ingredients :

  • 50 ml Tullamore 14 years
  • 2 portions of ginger beer

Preparation :

1 / put 50 ml of Tullamore in a glass with ice.

2/ Add 2 cups of ginger beer.

3 / decorate with a slice of lemon.

6. Elevenses

Elevences means “the eleven” in English and by extension 11:00 h. This cocktail was created by Jane Maher, Tullamore D. E. W. brand ambassador for a “late morning break” and is consumed with tea and jam.

Ingredients :

  • 60 ml whiskey Tullamore
  • 2 tablespoons raspberry jam
  • 20 ml lemon juice
  • 50 ml Irish breakfast tea

Preparation :

1 / put all ingredients in a glass with ice.

2 / Shake strongly with ice in a” Collins glass ” (high and narrow).

3 / decorate with a slice of lemon.

Scottish homemade whiskey cocktails:

7. Wapplesky.

As its name suggests, it’s apple whiskey. The words “apple ” and” whisky ” combined form Wapplesky.

Ingredients :

  • 50 ml scotch whisky
  • 25 ml apple juice
  • 15 ml honey syrup
  • 2 dashes of Angostura Orange Bitters

Preparation :

1 / make the “Wapplesky” recipe with a shaker.

2 / beat the ingredients with ice cubes and pour into the glass filled with ice cubes.

3 / serve in an old fashioned glass.

8. Rob Roy

This cocktail pays tribute to the Scottish hero, Robert Roy MacGregor, nicknamed Rob Roy. It was prepared for the first time in the bar of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York during the premiere of an operetta recounting Rob Roy’s life.


  • 50 ml Scotch Ballantine’s
  • 15 ml of white vermouth (or white martini)
  • 4 dashes by Angostura bitters


1 / Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice.

2 / stir with a spoon and pour into the glass, filtering through the ice.

3 / serve in a martini glass.

4 / decoration: a brandy cherry at the bottom of the glass.

Japanese Whiskey Cocktail:

9. Perfect Nikka Manhattan

This cocktail won the “Best Cocktail” Award at the Cocktail Spirits exhibition in Paris in 2013.


  • 60 ml whiskey Nikka Coffey Grain
  • 15 ml dry vermouth
  • 15 ml red vermouth
  • 1 dash of Angostura bitters
  • Ice


1 / Add the ingredients to a mixing glass with ice.

2 / stir and pour into a cup or glass.

3 / Squeeze a zest of lemon or orange and garnish with a cocktail cherry.


The taste should be very refreshing, so drink it while its still cold.

American Homemade Whiskey Cocktails:

10. Lynchburg Lemonade

It’s a tribute to the historic Jack Daniel’s distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee. This cocktail is often served in a “Mason Jar”, this famous glass jar serving as a can jar at the base, imagined by John Landis Mason in 1858.

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Ingredients :

  • 40 ml of Jack Daniel’s whiskey
  • 20 ml triple sec
  • 10 ml of fresh lemon juice
  • 10 ml of cane sugar syrup
  • Lemonade


1 / make the recipe of the “Lynchburg Lemonade” directly in the glass.

2/ Pour the ingredients into the glass containing ice and fill with lemonade.

3 / Stir slightly before consuming.

4 / serve in a tumbler type glass

11. Whisky Sour

Whiskey Sour cocktail glass on table
Whiskey Sour

Whiskey Sour was invented in 1766. At the time, it was served hot, but the advent of refrigerators and freezers in 1850 changed the recipe and the way it was consumed. This cocktail had its moment of Fame at the cinema with Marilyn Monroe in the film “7 years of reflection”.


  • 50 ml of bourbon whiskey
  • 1 lemon
  • 20 ml of sugar cane syrup

Preparation :

1/ Make The “Whisky Sour” recipe with a shaker.

2 / press the juice of a lemon, pour into the shaker with the whisky and cane sugar. Hit with a few ice cubes and pour in the glass.

3 / serve in Old fashioned glass.

4 / Optional: for consistency, pour a few drops of egg white into the shaker before striking vigorously.

12. Old Fashioned

The “Old Fashioned” cocktail was invented at the Pendennis Club in Louisville, Kentucky in 1884. It was developed by bartender James E. Pepper, a member of the Club and one of the owners of the bourbon brand “Pepper”. He loved this cocktail so much that, throughout his travels, he asked the various bartenders to make it for him. The recipe went around the world and quickly became a must. During prohibition (1920 to 1933), in order to escape the controls, some bartenders crushed the sugar and the bitter with a twist of lemon, and added a little sparkling water and two cherries to the maraschino to cover the taste of the alcohol and the bitter.

Ingredients :

  • 6 cl rye whiskey)
  • 1 dash of Angostura bitters
  • 1 sugar cube

Preparation :

1/ make this recipe directly in the glass.

2 / put the sugar in the glass, sprinkle with the Angostura, a drop of whisky then crush it and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Finally, add ice and whisky.

3 / serve in Old fashioned glass.

4/ Decoration : add a large orange peel.

Best 12 Homemade whiskey Cocktail recipes
The Ginger Ale Whiskey Cocktail. Cocktail made with Teeling Whiskey and Ginger Ale, a sure value in Ireland.
  • 45 ml of Teeling Whiskey Small Batch
  • 200 ml of Ginger Ale Franklin & Sons
  • 15 ml lemon juice
  • For decoration: one lemon
  1. / using a blender cocktail, pour 45 ml of Teeling whiskey .
  2. / then add 15 ml of lemon juice and 200 ml of Franklin & Sons Ginger Ale.
  3. / Mix with a cocktail mixer.
  4. / for decoration, add a few lemon slices.

Enjoy responsibly!

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