Whisky: Types and popular cocktails

The English, Sots, Canadians and other commonwealth countries spell this drink as ‘WHISKY’. The Americans and the Irish spell the spirit as ‘WHISKY’. Yes, you guessed right! Today our topic of discussion is ‘Whisky’.

Whisky is  a spirit obtained by the distillation of a fermented mash of grain( barley, maize or rice or all together) and is aged in wood. There are approximately 200 brands of whiskies available and they vary in taste with distillers. There is no similarities in taste between Scotch, Irish, Canadian or American whiskies.

Whisky: Types and popular cocktails made from it:

Scotch Whisky

Scotch whisky is a distinctive product of Scotland. It is believed that Christian missionary monks made the first whisky still around the sixteenth century AD in Duffotown Islay and Mull of Kintyre regions of the Scottish Highlands. They started making whisky at home, which was the origin of many household brands names we today.

Scotch requires a blend of two types of whiskies. The first is Scotch malt whisky, which gives body and character, blended with Scotch grain whisky, which gives lightness. This blending was invented in 1860s and perfected over the ages.

Scotch Whisky Service:

  • Scotch whisky is best appreciated when drunk neat on the rocks. The ice gently melts to make the drink more potable. This applies especially to malt whiskies. Such presentations are the best in short whisky glasses or the old-fashioned glass.
  • A popular way of drinking Scotch whisky is with a mixer of soda or water. The guest may be asked if they prefer to drink it with ice or not. This may be served in short or tall whisky glasses as per the guest preference.

Popular cocktails:

Rob Roy:  A drink created by a bartender at the Waldorf Hotel in New York in 1894.

Steps to prepare it:

  • 30 ml Scotch whisky
  • 30 ml Vermouth
  • A dash of Angostura bitters

All the ingredients are mixed in a mixing glass with ice. Stir and strain the mixture into chilled cocktail glass.

Whisky Mac:

Steps to prepare:

  • 30 ml Scotch whisky
  • 30 ml ginger

It is to be shaken. It is not served chilled.

Rusty Nail:

Steps to prepare:

  • 30 ml Scotch whisky
  • 15 ml Drambuie
  • Garnish –cherry

Mix whisky and Drambuie in a mixing glass with ice and strain into an old-fashioned glass. Garnish with a cherry.

Bourbon Whisky

The Bourbon whisky is produced in North America. Most Bourbon are straight whiskies, which means that they are obtained from a continuous process of distillation from a mash of corn, maize, rye, unblended or aged in charred oak barrels for at least two years.

Bourbon Whisky Services:

  • Like scotch people like to drink it neat on the rocks.
  • A social variation is to serve it with a lemon fizzy drink, soda, coke or dry ginger ale.

Popular cocktails:

Whisky Sour:

Steps to prepare:

  • 11/2 oz. straight bourbon whisky
  • 2 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 oz. simple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon egg white or equivalent amount of pasteurised egg blend
  • Orange slice
  • Maraschino cherry

Combine ingredients, except for the orange slice and maraschino cherry, in an ice-filled mixing glass an shake until well blended. Strain into an ice-filled Anchor Hocking 10 oz. Excellency Footed High Ball glass. Garish with an orange and maraschino cherry pinwheel.

Old Fashioned:

Steps to prepare:

  • 30 ml bourbon whisky
  • 1 teaspoon superfine sugar
  • 2 dashes bitters
  • Slices of orange maraschino cherry, stem removed water

In the bottom of a 9.5 oz .rocks glass, muddle sugar, bitters, orange slice, cherry and a spash of water. Fill glass with ice, add bourbon and stir.

Canadian Whisky

The principle grain used in Canadian whisky is corn with a mix of maize, wheat, rye and barley malt. It is lighter in body and more delicate in flavour than Bourbon. Canadian whiskies are blends of whiskies or grain neutral spirits.

Service of Canadian whisky:

  • Canadian whisky is treated just like Bourbon. It is popular with lemonade particularly.

Popular cocktails:


Steps to prepare it:

  • 21/2 oz. straight rye whisky
  • 1 oz. Italian sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes angostura bitters
  • Maraschino cherry

In an ice-filled Anchor Hocking 10.5 oz. caprice rocks glass, add ingredients and stir. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

So basically cocktails made of Whiskies are really very delicious and classy to taste. It highlights the culture. In this article we tried to cover the most popular brands of Whisky and some related cocktails made from it.

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