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7 Whiskey and Scotch Cocktails
From the smoky, complex Penicillin to the elegant Blood & Sand, here are some great whiskey and Scotch-based cocktails to try at home

From the smoky Penicillin to the juicy Blood & Sand, here are some great recipes for whiskey and Scotch-based cocktails to try at home.

The Penicillin

If you took a class called Cocktails 101 (something that probably exists at one or more liberal arts colleges), you’d probably learn how to make a Whiskey Sour. But a Penicillin is a little more advanced. It’s a smoky, complex beverage that you’d learn during your junior year at Cocktail School, and if you ever order one in a bar, your bartender will probably assume that you’re some kind of cocktail nerd. That’s a good thing. Probably.

How It Tastes: Smoky, Rich, Spicy

Drink If You Like: Whiskey Sour, Gold Rush

How To Make A Penicillin →

The Whiskey Sour

The Whiskey Sour needs a PR person. But until it actually gets one, we’ll take the job. Sour mix - unless made from scratch - is not good. Do not buy sour mix. Make your Whiskey Sour with fresh lemon juice and simple syrup, and you’ll have a world-class beverage that’ll bring you more joy than at least two or three of your current friendships.

How It Tastes: Tart, Juicy, Refreshing

Drink If You Like: Paper Plane, Whiskey Ginger

How To Make A Whiskey Sour →

The Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned is incredibly simple to make, and you probably have some of the ingredients around your house already.

How It Tastes: Strong, Clean, Slightly Sweet

Drink If You Like: Manhattan, Sazerac

How To Make An Old Fashioned →



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The Manhattan

With a name like Manhattan, this better be a good cocktail. The thing is, it isn’t. It’s a great one. Learn how to make one, and one day you can offer your dinner guests or the person fixing your wifi router a casual, elegant Manhattan.

How It Tastes: Strong, Rich, Pretty Much Like Whiskey

Drink If You Like: Old Fashioned, Rob Roy

How To Make A Manhattan →

The Sazerac

When you’re starting out as a bartender, the Sazerac is one of the first things you learn to make. Why? Because it’s a certified classic. Sure, it’s also kind of an obscure drink nowadays and people rarely order them - but it’s not like a lawyer can just turn to a judge and say, “I’m sorry your honor, that law’s too obscure, and I didn’t bother to learn it.” Seeing as how you probably aren’t a professional bartender, here’s another reason to make Sazerac: it’s a delicious drink.

How It Tastes: Strong & Complex

Drink If You Like: Old Fashioneds & Manhattans

How To Make A Sazerac

The Old Pal

The Old Pal is engineered to be less sweet, but not in a tacky, worse sort of way (Skinny Margarita, we’re looking at you). So this one goes out to all you readers who like pleasantly tart drinks you can chug like a Gatorade after soccer practice.

How It Tastes: Tart, Bitter, Chuggable

Drink If You Like: Boulevardier, Whiskey Soda

How To Make An Old Pal →

The Blood & Sand

This drink is an oldie, dating all the way back to the early 20th Century, when it was allegedly invented for the premiere of a silent film called Blood & Sand. According to Wikipedia, that film had “sadomasochistic overtones,” but this juicy, elegant cocktail does not. Probably. It really depends on how you drink it.

How It Tastes: Smoky, Juicy, Strong

Drink If You Like: Rob Roy, Whiskey Sour

How To Make A Blood & Sand →

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