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A Delicious Assortment of Whiskey Cocktail Recipes

Updated on February 25, 2010

People are scared of whiskey. They think it will put hair on your chest or only biker dudes drink it, but I wanted to share some fun whiskey cocktails that everyone can try - even if you think you don't like whiskey. Most whiskey purists would probably make fun of me and say that the only way to drink whiskey is neat or on the rocks, but I love to experiment with different flavors and liquors in cocktails. Choose one a signature drink for an Irish themed party or sample a few different types of cocktails just for fun. Some of these are drinks that have been around for centuries and some are modern, fun twists - just see what flavors you really like and start experimenting based on a couple of these recipes.

Southern Suicide

This is a fun and easy cocktail to make with things that most people will have in their liquor cabinets and/or fridges. The peach liqueur works well with the whiskey, and all the ingredients make this an easy-sipping cocktail that sounds like a delicious treat for a swing on the front porch.

3/4 oz Jack Daniel's® Tennessee whiskey
3/4 oz Southern Comfort® peach liqueur
1/2 oz orange juice
1/4 oz 7-Up® soda
1/4 oz grenadine syrup

Mix ingredients on the rocks.

Dixie Dew

This is a Southern drink that is simple, but hearty. The Crème de Menthe tempers the strength of the bourbon slightly, but this just might put a little hair on your chest! Just kidding. This is smooth and rich – a great wintry cocktail.

2 oz Bourbon
1/2 tsp Triple Sec
1/2 tsp Creme de Menthe

Shake all the ingredients in a shaker with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.


It is said that the Manhattan was invented at the Manhattan Club in New York in the 1870s – there are a variety of stories about who invented it and exactly when, but this cocktail has been around for over a century! Made popular by the Rat Pack and TV shows like Sex and the City, the Manhattan can come in a variety of forms – this recipe is a classic.

2 oz rye whiskey

1/2 oz sweet vermouth

2-3 dashes of bitters

Cocktail cherry

Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice cubes. Stir well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.


This drink is one of the oldest known cocktail recipes and it originated in New Orleans, Louisiana, prior to the Civil War. The Peychaud’s bitters used in this traditional recipe were created in the 1830s and the actual cocktail made its debut in 1859!

2 oz rye whiskey

1/4 oz simple syrup

2 dashes of Peychaud’s bitters

1 tsp absinthe

Lemon peel

Coat the inside of the glass with a film of absinthe. Stir the rest of the ingredients together in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into the absinthe coated glass. Garnish with lemon peel and serve.

Irish Car Bomb

This drink, invented in the 1970s, and refers to violence and terrorism in Northern Ireland. Despite the controversial name, the Irish car bomb is a popular staple in bars across the world. Be sure to drink it quickly once the Bailey’s is dropped in or else it will curdle.

1/2 pint (8 oz) Guinness stout

1 oz Jamison Irish whiskey

1 oz Bailey’s Irish cream

Pour Guinness into pint glass. Pour Jamison into shot glass and then without mixing pour Bailey’s into the shot glass. When ready to drink drop the shot glass into the pint, and drink it fast.


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      Michael Shane 7 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      I like the Manhattans but will have to try some of these others...Great Hub! These will go good with "Whiskey River" song by Willie Nelson....