VIDEO: Choosing the Right Whiskey for a Cocktail

Whether you’re making an Old Fashioned, Manhattan, or another cocktail, which whiskey you choose will have a major impact on the outcome. Acclaimed bartender Sother Teague of Honeybee’s and Amor Y Amargo explains how and why he selects certain whiskeys for his drinks, with factors like style, proof, and price all under consideration.

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A Collins glass containing what appears could be blended scotch, gin, ginger beer, and lime juice, garnished with a lime wedge, rests on a wooden surface next to a jigger, more lime, and another glass.
A Collins glass containing what appears could be blended scotch, gin, ginger beer, and lime juice, garnished with a lime wedge, rests on a wooden surface next to a jigger, more lime, and another glass.

Suffering Bastard

This summery cocktail, featuring blended scotch and navy strength gin, is well-balanced and easy to make.

A Collins-type glass containing crushed ice and what appears could be the ingredients in a Long Pig cocktail—blended scotch, orgeat syrup, fresh lemon juice, garnished with a mint sprig and a dash of bitters, and a bright yellow-orange straw—rests atop what appears to be a dark stone-like surface next to a metal jigger and more mint leaves.
A Collins-type glass containing crushed ice and what appears could be the ingredients in a Long Pig cocktail—blended scotch, orgeat syrup, fresh lemon juice, garnished with a mint sprig and a dash of bitters, and a bright yellow-orange straw—rests atop what appears to be a dark stone-like surface next to a metal jigger and more mint leaves.

Long Pig

Nutty orgeat, fresh mint, and lively lemon give this easy-to-make blended scotch cocktail a tiki vibe.

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