When it comes to mixing whiskey, simple is best. Drink it neat or on the rocks, but it’s always good to have a few great whiskey recipes up your sleeve as well.
Whether you’re looking to mix mint juleps in summer or settle in for the night with a warming winter tipple, there’s no need to empty your drinks cabinet. Keep it simple, and let the whiskey do the talking.
“Generally we don't mix with more than three ingredients and we stick to cocktails that highlight our whiskey instead of masking it,” says Paty Zeccola, resident cocktail creator at New York’s Van Brunt Stillhouse.
Blending originals and old classics, MarkMaker Chris Fischer’s favorite Brooklyn distillery has offered up five easy recipes for the at-home bartender.
2 oz. Stillhouse Rye Whiskey
1/2 oz. Punt E Mes
1/2 oz. Maraschino
Combine all ingredients in a glass with ice. Stir for 25-30 seconds until chilled before straining into a coupe or martini glass.
1 oz. Stillhouse American or Rye Whiskey
1 oz. Applejack
1/2 oz. brown sugar cube
2 dashes orange bitters
Combine all ingredients into a glass with ice. Stir five or six times then garnish with an orange twist.
1.5 oz. Stillhouse American Whiskey
1/2 oz. Amaro Montenegro
Barspoon maple syrup
Barspoon allspice liqueur
Served on the rocks, combine all ingredients into a glass with ice. Stir five or six times until chilled, then garnish with lemon twist and orange twist.
2 oz. Stillhouse moonshine
3/4 ginger syrup
Combine all ingredients into a shaker (except for the soda). Shake with ice. Strain into a glass with ice and then add club soda. Garnish with a ginger candy.
1/2 oz. Stillhouse Single Malt
3/4 oz. sweet vermouth
3/4 oz. coffee liqueur
Combine all ingredients into a glass with ice. Stir for 25-30 seconds until chilled. Strain into a martini or coupe glass and garnish with an orange twist. (Can be served on the rocks.)
Hosting tip: Keeping it simple means less time mixing and more time socializing with your guests. A win-win.
Get more tips on how to host the perfect supper in our guide from MarkMaker and chef Chris Fischer.