John collins

Three More Whiskey Cocktails

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Building on our previous post here are three more whiskey cocktails to add to your growing recipe book. Continue to impress your friends and increase your knowledge and appreciation of whiskey.

John Collins

This is a tall version of the Whiskey Sour, though this should be made exclusively with bourbon. Other than the soda and ice, the Collins and sour are practically the same drink. This makes it easy to remember both of these recipes, which all bartenders should know how to mix.

You really cannot go wrong with any bourbon in the John Collins. Choose your favorite. Basil Hayden’s is a favorite of mine. I do however always keep a bottle of Jim Beam around, it makes a decent Old Fashioned.


  • 1 1/2 ounces bourbon
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 2​ ounces ​club soda
  • Garnish: ​​maraschino cherry
  • Garnish: ​orange slice


1-Pour the bourbon, lemon juice, and syrup into a collins glass filled with ice cubes. Stir.

2- Top with club soda.

3- Garnish with a cherry and orange slice.

Lynchburg Lemonade

The Lynchburg Lemonade is named after Lynchburg, Tennessee, the hometown of the Jack Daniel’s Distillery. While the official recipe is just a little more complicated than mixing whiskey and lemonade, it’s still very easy.

The drink is semi-sweet, semi-tart, and very refreshing. After one taste you’ll realize why it’s long been a favorite. It’s a great drink for a summer afternoon.


  • 1 1/2 ounces Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey 
  • One ounce triple sec
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 4 ounces lemon-lime soda


1- Pour the whiskey, triple sec, and sour mix into a collins glass filled with ice.

2- Top with club soda and stir well

The Rusty Nail

The rusty nail is a classic and one of my favorites. This is a really easy drink and very forgiving- pick any scotch you have on hand. Though I would not use a overly peaty whiskey in this drink. Don’t worry, you will not be wasting a great scotch by mixing it into a rusty nail.

For this drink you simply mix scotch and Drambuie over ice. It is designed to be a sophisticated, slow-sipping drink, very enjoyable.


  • 1 or 1 1/2 ounces Drambuie
  • 1 or 1 1/2 ounces Scotch whiskey
  • 2 or 3 ice cubes


  1. Combine all ingredients in an Old-fashioned glass and stir to mix.

Three more whiskey cocktails

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