What To Mix With Whiskey


Are you getting slightly bored with drinking whiskey with a water chaser? It might be time to experiment with whiskey mixers.

There are several mixers that can turn a pretty bland whiskey into a delicious drink that will have you coming back for more.

In this post I’ll share some of the best whiskey mixers.

Club Soda and Whiskey

If you are drinking a high-quality whiskey and don’t want a mixer that obscures its flavor, use club soda. It will make your whiskey taste more refreshing without dramatically affecting its flavor.

Another advantage of drinking whiskey and club soda is that it will dilute the alcoholic content of the spirit, giving you a smoother drink.

To make club soda with whiskey:

  1. Add some ice to a highball glass
  2. Pour in 30 to 60 ml of whiskey
  3. Add 180 ml of club soda
  4. Stir with a mixing spoon

Ginger Ale and Whiskey

A glass of ginger beer and whiksy with ice

Ginger Ale and whiskey are a surprisingly delicious combination. Ginger adds an invigorating punch to the whiskey without your drink becoming being overly sweet.

The aromatics and lighter flavors of the whiskey are still present and sit ‘above’ the taste of the ginger ale.

The popularity of ginger ale and whiskey can easily be seen by the many names that it goes under.

You can order it in any Irish pub using the names Irish Buck, Whiskey Ginger, or Jameson and Ginger.

Ginger ale and whiskey traditionally use Irish whiskey because of its smooth, clean flavor.

To make ginger ale with whiskey:

  1. Add some ice to a highball glass
  2. Pour in 45 ml of Jameson whiskey (or another Irish whiskey)
  3. Add 150 ml of ginger ale
  4. Add a squeeze of lime
  5. Stir with a mixing spoon
  6. Garnish with a lime wedge

Lemonade and Whiskey

A glass of lemonade

This delicious combination is popular in the deep south of the United States, where they often drink bourbon and lemonade on hot summer afternoons.

It is extremely refreshing, very sweet, and simple to make. You can rustle up a pitcher of lemonade and whiskey for a group of friends in about 2 minutes.

To make lemonade with whiskey:

  1. Combine 45 ml of bourbon, 150 ml of lemonade (homemade or store-bought) and a sprig of mint in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Muddle the herb with a wooden spoon and shake to blend flavors
  3. Strain into a short glass filled with ice cubes
  4. Garnish with mint or a slice of lemon

Apple Cider and Whiskey

Apple cider is a fantastic mixer for bourbon whiskey as it adds plenty of acidity, tartness, and freshness to a drink.

The zesty flavor of apple cider complements the vanilla and caramel flavors in the whiskey beautifully.

While apple cider and whiskey is usually consumed on ice, it can also be heated, which makes for a very comforting drink in the cooler months.

To make apple cider with whiskey:

  1. Combine 45 ml of bourbon whiskey with 150 ml of apple cider and a splash of Angostura bitters in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake vigorously
  3. Pour into short glass filled with ice
  4. Garnish with thin slice of green apple (optional)

Peach Juice And Whiskey

This fruity, spicy, and refreshing combination is ideal for a warm summer afternoon. The sweetness of the peach is balanced by the oak and malty flavors of the whiskey.

You can make peach juice and whiskey using the same formula as apple cider and whiskey. You can also enjoy peach juice and whiskey by making a Bourbon Peach Smash:

  1. Dice half of a large peach
  2. Place diced peaches, 30 pls of simple syrup, and 4 mint leaves into a cocktail shaker
  3. Muddle the ingredients
  4. Add 60 ml of bourbon and ice to the cocktail shaker
  5. Shake then strain into a short glass filled with ice
  6. (optional) Top with ginger ale or soda water
  7. Garnish with a mint sprig

Orange Juice And Whiskey

Two glasses of whisky and orange juice

Although many purists would shudder at the thought of mixing orange juice with whiskey, it can work well with many bourbons and Irish whiskeys.

The tartness and fresh flavors of orange juice work wonderfully with whiskey. It’s also very easy to make.

To make orange juice with whiskey:

  1. Fill a tall glass with ice
  2. Pour in 45 ml of bourbon whisky and 240 ml (1 cup) of orange juice
  3. (optional) add a teaspoon of lemon juice
  4. Stir with wooden spoon and enjoy!

Cola and Whiskey

Two glasses of whiskey and soda

We couldn’t write this list without mentioning one of the most popular whiskey mixers — Cola. Although you shouldn’t be using coke with a nice single malt Scotch whiskey, it can be a nice accompaniment to bourbon whiskey, rye whiskey, Irish whiskey, or Canadian whiskey.

To make Cola with whiskey:

  1. Fill a short glass with ice
  2. Pour in 60 ml of whiskey
  3. Add 240 ml (1 cup) of Coca Cola
  4. Stir and enjoy

Tea and Whiskey

Tea is a surprisingly good partner for whiskey because it adds a freshness and herbal flavor to your drink. It can also be enjoyed cold or warm.

Below is a basic recipe for tea and whiskey, but you can also create some interesting tea and whiskey cocktails, which are detailed on this page.

To make tea with whiskey

  1. Brew a strong cup of black tea
  2. Add 60 ml of Irish whiskey
  3. (optional) Add a teaspoon of sugar and some milk

Coffee and Whiskey (Irish Coffee)

A glass of Irish coffee

Irish Whiskey works well as a nightcap or for whenever you are forced to get up at an ungodly hour. It combines the stimulating impact of coffee with the many flavors of whiskey and delicious full cream.

How To Make Irish Coffee:

  1. Add some hot water to a mug to warm it
  2. Empty the hot water from the glass and add 2 teaspoons of brown sugar
  3. Add one cup of freshly brewed coffee and stir
  4. Once the sugar has melted, add 45 ml of Irish whiskey and stir again
  5. Pour 30 ml of lightly whipped double cream over the back of a hot spoon onto the top of the coffee
  6. Drink the coffee through the cream

Full guide here: https://whiskeybon.com/blog/how-to-make-irish-coffee/