Top Five Unique Whiskey Cocktails

5th Jan 2021

cocktail with fruit garnish on a wooden cutting board

Whiskey is one of the most versatile beverages in the liquor market; it comes in practically endless variations. Its varied flavor profile lends itself well to drinks way beyond simply neat or on the rocks. Learn how to make interesting whiskey cocktails at home with this beautiful beverage.

New Whiskey Cocktails to Try

1. Giro d'Italia

Named for a multi-stage bicycle race, a mixologist in New York created this cocktail. It consists of a delicate balance of acid and sweetness.


  • 2 oz Elijah Craig bourbon
  • .75 oz fresh lemon juice
  • .75 oz agave syrup
  • 2 cherry tomatoes
  • 5 fresh basil leaves

To make this unique whiskey cocktail, muddle four of the basil leaves with the tomatoes. Add the rest of the ingredients and shake over ice. Strain into an Old Fashioned glass with ice and garnish with the final basil leaf.

cocktail in champagne glass topped with fruit

2. The Golden Dram

It’s rare to see bourbon and champagne in a glass together, yet that’s exactly what this cocktail does. Created in Scotland, you can now make this whiskey cocktail at home.


Soak the sugar cube with three good dashes of the bitters in a champagne flute. Add the Aberfeldy single malt and top it with the Prosecco to make this unique whiskey cocktail.

3. Casanova

Channel your love of winter with this hot toddy neighbor. It contains a few unique bar mixes, but trust us, it’s very worth it.


  • 1 oz Elijah Craig Small Batch bourbon
  • .25 oz Licor 43
  • .25 oz St. Elizabeth allspice Dram
  • .25 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 bar spoon PAMA Pomegranate liqueur
  • 1 bar spoon Don Nuño Oloroso sherry
  • 3 oz hot water

Layer each ingredient into a toddy mug and top with the cinnamon-infused lemon water. Serve immediately.

4. Hanzo Steel

It’s time to break out your Japanese whiskey with this unique whiskey cocktail. Make your own honey syrup by mixing a 1:1 ratio of high-quality honey with warm water. Then, use the following ingredients to make this whiskey cocktail at home:


  • 2 oz Suntory Toki Whisky
  • .25 oz honey syrup
  • .25 oz Montenegro amaro
  • 1 dash Bitter Truth Grapefruit bitter

Add all your ingredients to a mixing glass. Top it with ice and stir. Strain and serve without ice into a chilled Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with an expressed lemon peel laid across the rim of the glass.

5. Black and Gold

For a refreshing and unique whiskey cocktail, try a Black and Gold. This honey syrup relies on weight, not volume, of equal parts honey and warm water.


Combine everything except the Frangelico into a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for ten seconds. Double-strain it into a Frangelico-rinsed coupe or martini glass and garnish with a dehydrated lemon wheel.

Make Whiskey Cocktails at Home

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