When warm weather approaches, many imbibers switch from sipping whiskey to an icy concoction. I too enjoy a cooling beverage on a hot day, but often keep my beloved whiskey as a base. To start Memorial Day Weekend off with a bang i’d like to share my favorite whiskey cocktails on ice! NEW YORK SOUR I have to admit, I never thought of mixing red wine with whiskey, but hey why not! Liquor.com contributor Jacques Bezuidenhout shared this cooling sweet and sour tipple.
- 2 oz Rye whiskey or Bourbon
- .75 oz Simple syrup (one part sugar, one part water)
- 1 oz Fresh lemon juice
- 1 Egg white (optional)
- .5 oz Red wine
Add all the ingredients except the wine to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake well and strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Carefully pour the wine over the back of a spoon so it floats on top of the drink. (recipe from Liquor.com)
PENICILLIN For those who cannot get enough of the smokiness of an Islay Scotch, The Penicillin is the way to go. A spirit forward cocktail balanced with gooey honey and citrus and topped off with your favorite Scottish smoke.
- 2 ounces blended Scotch whisky (such as Grant’s)
- 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
- 3/4 ounce honey syrup
- 3 slices fresh ginger
- 1/4 ounce Islay single malt Scotch (such as Laphroaig)
Muddle fresh ginger in the bottom of a cocktail shaker until it is well mashed. Add blended Scotch, lemon juice, and honey syrup to the shaker. Fill the shaker with ice and shake quickly until chilled. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass and pour the Islay Scotch over the back of a bar spoon so that it floats atop the drink. MONKEY JAM SOUR Last but not least is my personal favorite of the moment. Mixing this with Monkey Shoulder is a MUST but it will not disappoint!
- 1.5 ounces Monkey Shoulder
- .2 ounces sugar syrup
- 2 tsp Jam (of your choice – any and all work!)
- .7 ounces fresh lemon juice
- Soda water (optional)
- Dash orange bitters
Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Add fresh ice and shake quickly until chilled. Strain into an ice filled glass. Top with soda water if you choose! I would love to hear what your favorite whiskey cocktails are and add to my ever growing recipe book. Cheers and Happy Memorial Day!