The Top 5 Whiskey Drinks

The Spir.It rounds up their selections for the Top 5 Whiskey Drinks. Their choices (which include recipes and photos) are:

  • Old-Fashioned
  • Whiskey Sour
  • Manhattan
  • Sazerac
  • Mint Julep

Five very solid picks. I can't really argue with any of them — they're classics. The recipes are pretty good, too, although their Manhattan doesn't have nearly enough Sweet Vermouth in it. Here is how I like to make a Manhattan:

Manhattan

2 oz Rye Whiskey
1 oz Sweet Vermouth
2 Dashes Bitters
Maraschino Cherry 

Add the spirits to a rocks glass with ice. Stir. Add the bitters and garnish with the cherry.

This drink can be made with Bourbon Whiskey, but Rye lends it an extra zing. For Vermouth, use a good brand like Noilly Pratt or Martini, and make sure it's fresh.

Using Angostura bitters is traditional, but Peychaud's or Orange Bitters also work nicely. Each adds subtle differences to the finished cocktail.

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