Our 25 Favorite Whiskies for Making Cocktails

While some whiskies are meant to be savored, others play well in mixed drinks. Some brands provide great options for both! The best whiskey for cocktails adds complexity to mixed drinks by introducing robust spirits with plenty of character. 

Old fashioned whiskey cocktail with orange slice

Many of the recommended whiskies for cocktails provide spicy options made from rye mash. Bourbons are another popular choice for added sweetness. Each of these whiskies brings something unique to the table and will up your cocktail game! 


Our top picks for whiskey to make cocktails comes in wide varieties. Whether you’re looking for the perfect pairing for a sweet drink or adding some spice to a standard recipe, there are suitable options on this list of recommendations. 

If we missed your favorite whiskey to incorporate into cocktails, let us know in the comments below! If the taste is there, you may see it added to this list! 

Written by Paul Kushner

I have always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. My restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time I turned 17 I was serving tables, and by 19 I was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, I opened my first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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