5 Classic Cocktails You Need to Know How to Make

Summer’s here already! Days from now, it will be way too sultry to have your whisky neat. For that matter, even one on the rocks might just not be good enough. However, we have the answer to blow your summer blues away-- whisky cocktails! A Mint Julep, an Old Fashioned, a classic Manhattan, a Whisky Sour, or even a Jack and Coke might be all you need to wipe off that summer sweat.

If you haven’t been living under a rock, you probably know how to make these 5 classic cocktails. But we get that FOMO can get to you in the worst of ways imaginable. So, if you already don’t know how to stir up the following, we hope that our guide makes life a whole lot easier for you.


If popular history is to be believed, this cocktail originated in NYC’s Manhattan Club. It was early 1870s when Winston Churchill’s mother hosted a banquet in honour of Samuel J. Tilden, a presidential candidate in the US. It is in that party that a Dr. Marshall happened to have invented what we today refer to as the Manhattan. The banquet was a huge success and that made the drink really fashionable.

For a single serving of the classic Manhattan, use a cocktail shaker to mix 60 mls of whiskey, preferably Jameson Whiskey, 30 mls of vermouth, and 2 dashes of bitters. Strain this into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish it with a maraschino cherry or a twist and enjoy!

Old Fashioned

The name Old Fashioned was first used for a bourbon whiskey cocktail at a gentleman’s club in Louisville, Kentucky. A bartender at the Pendennis Club came up with the recipe to honor a prominent bourbon distiller, James Pepper. The history of this cocktail is very much entwined in the history of Louisville. So, in 2015, the city decided to reckon Old Fashioned as its official cocktail. In line with this recognition, the Kentucky city celebrates Old Fashioned Fortnight every year for the first two weeks of June.

For a single serving of this cocktail, place a sugar cube in a glass of your choice. Now, wet the glass with a tiny splash of club soda and 3 dashes of bitters. Take a spoon and powder the sugar. Now, rotate your glass so that the bitters and the sugar gives it a nice lining. Add ice cubes, to your liking. Pour 60 mls of 100 Pipers 12 Year Old (we think a blended Scotch whisky works better than bourbon). Garnish it with an orange peel or a slice and serve it with a stirring rod. Make multiple servings if you like!

Whisky Sour

The very first mention of a whisky sour goes back to an 1870 Wisconsin newspaper, where reportedly Elliot Stubb, who was an English steward of a ship named Sunshine, had mixed key lime juice, ice cubes, and syrup, in Iquique, a port city, which at that time was a part of Peru. Today, there are several renditions of this cocktail, the most popular ones being, a Boston Sour, a New York Sour, and a Ward 8.

For a single serving of whisky sour, take a cocktail shaker and mix 2 parts of Blenders Pride Whisky, one part of lemon juice, ½ a part of egg white, ½ a part of sugar syrup, and ice chunks. Shake it for a good 20 seconds or so. Strain this mixture into a glass that’s filled with ice. Garnish it with half an orange slice and a maraschino cherry and sip on! Know more about the best whisky brands in India which can be used in this cocktail.

Mint Julep

Mint juleps were originally prescribed as medicine in the 18th century; julep stands for a sweet drink that’s used to cure sickness. The very first mention of the mint julep goes back to 1784 when it was used as a medicine for stomach problems, frequent retching, and difficulty swallowing. Americans often mixed their juleps with aged gins. However, of late, whisky-based juleps have eclipsed gin-based ones.

For a single serving of a mint julep, take an old-fashioned glass. Now, place 10 mint leaves at the bottom of the glass. Throw in one and a half teaspoons of powdered sugar. Now muddle them together until you see the leaves starting to break down. Splash seltzer water and fill 3/4th of your glass with crushed ice. Now add 75 mls of Scotch whisky, preferably Ballantine’s Whisky. Top it off with another splash of seltzer. Stir it well. Garnish with a sprig of mint and enjoy!

Jack & Coke

This classic cocktail is a simple mix of Jack Daniel’s whiskey and coke. Usually, the drink is served in a Collins glass or an old-fashioned glass with ice. The popularity of this drink prompted Jack Daniel’s to release a canned version of JD and Cola, which is a mixed drink of the same type. Motorhead lead Lemmy, consumed this beverage throughout his life. So when he passed away in 2016, his fans began a campaign to rename this cocktail as The Lemmy after the English rock band’s frontman.

To make this cocktail, take an ice-filled glass. Pour 60 mls of Jack Daniel’s. Pour 300 mls of Coca-Cola and drink up!