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Types of Mixers Used with Whiskey to Make Drink Recipes

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Published: 05/24/2011

by Benjamin Evans

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Let’s put whiskey in the mix. Though whiskey is one of the harshest of the alcoholic blends, it’s also one of the most popular. Several types of mixers are used to enhance a whiskey-based drink. The most common mixers include coke or ginger ale, but there are many more eclectic methods to making a whiskey drink enjoyable.

By adding just a few teaspoons of water, the taste and aroma of whiskey will unleash itself into your taste buds. Using clean bottled spring water is your best bet because the chlorine in tap water will flavor the drink. Also, you can use an equal amount of water and whiskey to properly balance the taste.

If you enjoy the tang of lemon and lime, a Whiskey Daisy is the drink to choose. Simply slice the lemon in half and sprinkle the fruit with lime, syrup, and Chartreuse. Add whiskey and shake well with ice to blend the flavors together. Next, strain the mixture into a highball glass with crushed ice. Serve and enjoy.

The Manhattan is one of the oldest cocktails. Because this drink is so popular, there are many variations to try such as a Dry Manhattan, Perfect Manhattan, Brandy Manhattan, Scotch Manhattan, and a Southern Comfort Manhattan. The traditional Manhattan is a mixture of rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, Angostura bitters, with a maraschino cherry for garnish.

The Rusty Nail drink may be easy to make, but hard to swallow. If you’re in the mood for a stiff drink, give the Rusty Nail a try. Start with a malt scotch whiskey and mix it with Drambuie over ice cubes, then stir. Lemon adds a nice twist to the end result. To decrease the sweetness of the drink, use just a small amount of Drambuie. Many people prefer less sweetness in order to allow the whiskey flavor to remain dominant.

An unusual ingredient added to whiskey drinks is a dash of egg white. A Whiskey Sour may be served straight or over ice. When egg white is added, the drink becomes a Boston Sour. The traditional Whiskey Sour includes whiskey, often Bourbon, sugar, and lemon juice. Both drinks are shaken.

Whiskey and coffee may not sound appetizing, but those who love the Irish coffee drink would beg to differ. First, steam the drink in a stemmed goblet. Then, pour in one shot of Irish whiskey. Next, add sugar and the coffee. Only stir once. At the top, leave a heavy inch of cream.

Many drinkers are seen swirling their drink to find its best taste in the next sip. Drinking the Sazerac will have you swirling for more. Pour a teaspoon of pastis into an old fashioned glass, then swirl. Once you’re finished swirling, pour out the rest of the pastis, then add half a teaspoon of fine sugar, a teaspoon of water, and two dashes of bitters. The rest of the glass should be filled with ice cubes. Lastly, pour in two ounces of whiskey.