Whiskey Cocktails for the Holidays

When you get in a festive mood, sometimes a simple pour of whisky isn’t enough. Sometimes you want to trim your drink to match your tree. You may even feel adventurous: after all, what good is that bar set you got last Christmas if you only use it for Manhattans?

If you want to concoct something extra-special, we’ve rounded up a few whiskey cocktail recipes from top bars’ holiday menus. Whether you’re in the mood for a hot or cold drink, or feel like bourbon, rye, or Irish whiskey, you’ll find something suitable to toast this special time of year.

Very Merry

Old Oscar

Lady Macbeth’s Secret Recipe

The Spice

Puck’s Shadow

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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.