10 Whiskey Drinks That Will Become Your New Go-To Cocktails

Whiskey sour, who?

Design by Lauren Chepiga

Because there's a wide world beyond your knee-jerk college drink orders (ahem, whiskey sours and whiskey gingers), it's a better time than ever to study up on these 10 whiskey cocktails that you can easily taste-test at home. Plus, they're just as delicious as your faithful bar favorites, so why not?

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1 Basil Bourbon Mule
Courtesy of Q Drinks

A refreshing cocktail with a ginger-lemon taste.

Ingredients:

4 Basil Leaves

2 oz. Bourbon

6 oz. Q Ginger Beer

Lemon Twist

Directions:

Pour bourbon into a muddler and add 4 basil leaves. Gently muddle basil.

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2 BourBonBon

Two ingredients plus ice? We'll take that.

Ingredients:

6 oz. Vanilla Bean Dry Sparkling Beverage (can substitute other sparkling water)

1/2 oz. Bourbon

Ice

Directions:

Simply mix all ingredients in a highball glass. Optional: Garnish with a lime or orange slice.

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3 Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade
Courtesy of Yardbird Southern Table & Bar at The Venetian, Las Vegas

Mason jar drinks are the best kind of summer drinks.

Ingredients:

1.5 oz. Bourbon

3/4 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

3/4 oz. Simple Syrup

1/2 oz. Blackberry Puree

1 Cardamom Pod

Sparkling Wine

Lemon Wheel and Fresh Blackberry, for garnish

Directions:

Muddle the cardamom in a mixing glass, then add bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup and blackberry puree. Add ice, and shake until well-chilled. Strain into a collins glass or mason jar filled with ice, and top with a dry sparkling wine. Garnish with a lemon wheel and a fresh blackberry.

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4 The Staci

Because mint maketh a superb summer cocktail.

Ingredients:

4 oz. Rainier Cherry Dry Sparkling Beverage (can substitute other cherry sparkling water)

11/2 oz. Bourbon

1/4 Small Lemon

Mint, for garnish

Directions:

Muddle mint and lemon in a cocktail shaker. Add bourbon and shake. Pour into a decorative glass with ice. Garnish with a fresh mint sprig.

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5 Pass the Tabu
Courtesy of Jack Daniel's

It's hard to resist a drink served in an actual pineapple hull, right?

Ingredients:

3 oz. Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Select

1 oz. House-made Orgeat

1 oz. Velvet Falernum

.5 oz. Ray & Nephew Overproof Rum

1.5 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

.5 oz. Maraschino Liqueur

3 Dashes Angostura Bitters

1 oz. Sweet Vermouth

Ground Nutmeg

Directions:

Shake all ingredients vigorously with ice. Pour into pineapple shell. Serve with a flaming lime and several tall straws for sharing

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6 Some Beach
Courtesy of Dry Sparkling

An OJ-based cocktail that's a perfect sub for mimosas after brunch hours.

Ingredients:

11/2 oz. Four Roses Bourbon

1/2 oz. Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth

3/4 oz. Orange Juice

Rainier Cherry Dry Sparkling Beverage (or Club Soda) to top

Ice

Directions:

Add bourbon, orange juice, and vermouth to an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake it up. Strain into a coupe glass. Top with Rainier Cherry DRY or club soda and garnish with half a fresh cherry.

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7 Summer in Siam
GettyMichael Marquand

A quintessential Southern cocktail with extra chill.

Ingredients:

.75 oz. Simple Syrup

2 oz. Pogues Irish Whiskey

Ice

5-7 mint leaves

Directions:

In a metal julep cup, muddle the mint leaves gently. Then add simply syrup, whiskey, and stir in crushed ice. Top with crushed ice and 3 mint tops like a bouquet.

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8 Blackberry Sun Tea
Courtesy of BOLD Sparkling Ice

Sipping this on a porch swing, recommended.

Ingredients:

3 oz. Sparkling Ice Peach Iced Tea (or substitute peach iced tea)

1.5 oz. Bourbon

1 oz. St Germain

5 blackberries

Directions:

Muddle blackberries in shaker. Add ice, whiskey and St. Germain. Shake and pour (do not strain) into highball glass. Top with peach iced tea.

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9 Black Cherry Smash
Courtesy of Bai Drinks

An instance when nutmegs works for non-wintery cocktails, too.

Ingredients:

3 oz Bai Bubbles Bolivia Black Cherry

Juice of 1 Lime

1oz. Bourbon

Dash of Nutmeg

Skewered Bing Black Cherries

Ice

Directions:

Place a block of ice in a rocks glass with a dash of nutmeg. Squeeze lime juice and pour Bolivia Black Cherry and bourbon to fill. Sprinkle nutmeg on top and garnish with skewered bing black cherries.

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10 Nashville Red Eye

The only thing that's better than a cold brew in summer is...a boozy cold brew.

Ingredients:

1 oz Jack Single Barrel Rye

1 oz Cold Brew Coffee

½ oz Raw Simple Syrup

4 oz Oatmeal Stout

Coffee Beans, for Garnish

Directions:

Shake first 3 ingredients with ice for 10 seconds to combine and chill. Strain into chilled Snifter already containing the 4 oz of stout. Float coffee beans on top of foam.

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