5 Canadian Whisky Cocktails You Should Try Once

Canadian whiskies are known for their distinct spicy flavor. Although the process of fermentation used by Canadian distillers closely matches their American counterparts, the native distillation laws are less stringent. It has led to some very interesting drams originating from the Great White North. Also, Canadian whiskies are usually spelled without the “e” much like their Scottish brethren.

When it comes to taste, despite their spicier quality, Canadian whiskies are distilled at very neutral proof values, which makes them ideal for cocktails. Here are some you can mix and enjoy at home.

Winter Orange Cocktail

A refreshing cocktail made from fresh orange juice; the Winter Orange whisky cocktail is one to savor during a hot summer day. The orange adds a citrusy tinge that complements the spicy nature of the dram itself, while the vanilla and egg whites ensure a smoother palate.

Ingredients: 1 cup fresh orange juice, ¼ cup Grand Marnier Liqueur, ½ cup Canadian whisky of your choice, 1 large egg white, ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract, 6 ice cubes, orange peel twists

Preparation: Use a blender to mix the ingredients. Blend until the mixture becomes frothy (approx. 30 seconds). Garnish with orange peels and serve at once.

Spiced Chamomile Hot Toddy

The perpetual winters of Canada warrant a warm and fizzy [TR1] drink, and this spiced hot toddy cocktail fits that bill perfectly. The cocktail has a soothing aroma and offers warm relaxation that spreads throughout your body.

Ingredients: ½ cup honey, 1 cinnamon stick, 1 star anise, 14 grams chamomile tea, 250 ml of your favorite Canadian whisky, 3 tablespoons lemon juice

Preparation: Combine the honey with ½ cup water in a small pan. Add the cinnamon stick and star anise. Bring to simmer before removing the pan from heat and let steep for 10 minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick and star anise. In the meantime, brew a batch of chamomile tea. For preparing the toddies, add 2 tablespoons of the warm honey syrup in each cup, add a teaspoon of lemon juice and 30 ml whisky to each cup. Now add ½ cup tea and stir. Garnish with a lemon slice, cinnamon stick or star anise.

Maple Leaf Cocktail

This quick-fix cocktail keeps things simple, as most Canadians prefer them. The refreshing cocktail is a dream come true for novice mixers as you only need three key ingredients and a blender to boot.

Ingredients: 45 ml Canadian whisky, 30 ml lemon juice, 15 ml maple syrup, ice cubes

Preparation: Throw the ingredients into the blender and run for 15 seconds. Add ice and garnish with lemon wheels, serve.


A name reminiscent of the popular comic character Harley Quinn, the cocktail has properties that can leave you speechless just like the DC antihero. This sweet and sour cocktail with crushed ice is the perfect remedy for a hot summer day.

Ingredients: 7 pieces grape, 3 dashes orange bitters, 10 ml sweet vermouth, 45 ml Canadian whisky, crushed ice

Preparation: Use a rocks glass to muddle the grape, orange bitters and sweet vermouth. Add some crushed ice before adding the Canadian whisky. Stir a little, add more crushed ice, serve.

High Brow

This one’s for the fans of martini glass cocktails. The bittersweet cocktail has all the right ingredients for a beachside celebration or pool party. It’s zesty flavor and amber accent can complement your drinks table, evoking delightful squeals from the guests.

Ingredients: 1 Dash Bitters, 45 ml Canadian Whisky, 15 ml Orange Curacao, 1 Twist Lemon Zest, 1 Whole Maraschino Berry

Preparation: Use a mixing glass to add all ingredients with ice. Shake well and strain the liquid into a cocktail glass. Use the lemon zest and maraschino berry for garnish.