Like many vintage spirits, whiskey is a beverage that is commonly enjoyed straight on the rocks, as top distilleries pride themselves on creating products with quality standalone flavor. However, while this approach is more than justified, it would be almost criminal to not try your whiskey in at least a few classic mixed drink variations that have solidified themselves forever in the annals of bar lore.
I previously explored some of the best and most popular whiskey mixed drinks, but here are ere are a few more classic creations to try the next time you are out (or in).
From its name to its distinct flavor, the Lynchburg Lemonade is a testament to the longstanding tradition associated with its main ingredient: Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey (distilled in Lynchburg, Tennessee). The drink belongs to the sour family of mixed drinks and is quite simple to make: combine 1 part Jack Daniel’s, 1 part triple sec, 1 part sour mix, and 4 parts lemon-lime soda (or flavor equivalent). The result is a modest, but great-tasting beverage that is both refreshing and warming.
Classy and full of history, the Manhattan dates all the way back to the 1870s, when it was it was “invented by Dr. Iain Marshall for a banquet at the Manhattan Club, hosted by Jennie Jerome (Lady Randolph Churchill, mother of Winston), in honor of presidential candidate Samuel J. Tilden.” Since, it has become a classic whiskey cocktail recipe with several variations ranging from the Rob Roy to the Metropolitan.
A 7 and 7 is not a highly elegant cocktail or a painfully bland one; it provides a comfortable middle ground to both extremes. Perhaps this characteristic comes from its seemingly juxtaposing blend of recipe simplicity — 28ml whiskey and 260ml 7 Up with an optional lemon slice garnish — and full, satisfying flavor. Either way, the drink’s best quality is it is easy to arrange in a variety of settings — from a mini bar to a fully stocked liquor cabinet.
If you are craving a whiskey variation that is cool and refreshing, look no further than the Mint Julep. Popularized as a Kentucky Derby tradition, the drink is commonly made with bourbon and also includes sugar syrup, crushed ice, and most importantly mint leaf. The cocktail has gained a reputation for being soothing and easing, opposed to the fiery and energized taste of contemporary whiskey beverages — in fact, it was once prescribed as a remedy for stomach illness. The drink may not necessarily cure you of such ailments, but its unique flavor and gentle chill may prove to be restorative in other ways.