Five whisky cocktails to try this autumn

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From a coffee-infused concoction to a seasonal spin on a classic whisky cocktail, here are five of our favourite whisky cocktails to warm you up during the spooky season and beyond.

Autumn has officially arrived in the northern hemisphere – the leaves are beginning to turn, the days are getting colder and the nights are drawing in quicker. It’s the perfect excuse to cosy up by the fire or settle down on the sofa after a hard day’s work with your preferred dram. How about mixing it up, quite literally, with a whisky cocktail?

Boozy, Pumpkin Spice Latte

iced latte whisky cocktail

The Inspired Home is perfecting this classic autumnal coffee beverage with delectable bourbon – a cocktail both coffee and whisky lovers can get behind. This recipe has a less sugar in it than other pumpkin spice lattes out there, resembling a fun, boozy, chilled milkshake in comparison – an ideal transitional drink for a cosy, autumn evening. 

Ingredients:

  • 350ml (12 oz) unsweetened almond milk, frozen into cubes
  • 90ml (3 0z) of bourbon
  • 2 shots of espresso
  • 60ml (2 oz) maple syrup>
  • 2 tablespoons of canned pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon of pumpkin spice/li>
  • Whipped cream, to garnish
  • Pinch of nutmeg or cinnamon, to garnish

Method:

  1. Beforehand, freeze your almond milk into ice cubes to add later.
  2. Add all of the ingredients (ice cubes, bourbon, espresso shots, maple syrup, canned pumpkin and pumpkin spice) into a blender, blending on the highest setting until everything is fully blended.
  3. Pour your cold drink into a glass or mug.
  4. Top it off with whipped cream and a pinch of nutmeg or cinnamon. 

TOP TIPS

You can swap out the almond milk cubes for cashew or regular milk – whichever milk alternative you prefer with your morning coffee. Those residing outside of the US, canned pumpkin can prove difficult to find. If in doubt, use pumpkin spice syrup instead – this will make your boozy latte that extra bit sweeter. 

The Cloudy Apple

cloudy apple whisky cocktail jameson whiskey

This apple cocktail by Jameson Whiskey has our mouths watering! It combines a classic Jameson whisky with crisp apples for the perfect autumnal beverage. 

Ingredients:

  • 60ml of Jameson Black Barrel
  • 30ml of lemon juice
  • 30ml of sugar syrup
  • A splash of cloudy apple juice
  • A few cubes of ice for your glass
  • 1 slice of apple, to garnish

Method:

  1. Add your Irish whiskey, lemon juice and sugar syrup in a shaker and shake away!
  2. Once shaken, pour the mixture into your chosen tumbler glass filled with ice.
  3. Top this up with a splash of apple juice and garnish with an apple slice. 

TOP TIP

The best part of this recipe is its versatility and ease. Although ideal for the autumnal climate, this whisky cocktail can be enjoyed at any time of the year when you fancy a twist on your classic dram. 

Cinnamon Maple Whiskey Sour

whisky sour

Calling all sweet tooths! This autumnal cocktail by Cookie + Kate is the perfect ailment for your sweet and whisky cravings. The pinch of cinnamon gives this recipe an autumnal kick, and the ice makes this a refreshingly cool drink to enjoy when the mood strikes you. 

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons of Bulleit bourbon or opt for a bourbon of your choice
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
  • 2 to 4 teaspoons of maple syrup, measured to taste
  • A pinch of ground cinnamon
  • Ice for mixing and your glass

Method:

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker two-thirds full with ice.
  2. Pour in your preferred bourbon, lemon juice, maple syrup and add the pinch of cinnamon. Secure the lid and shake well.
  3. Strain and pour the concoction into your designated whisky glass over ice. 

TOP TIPS

Skip the cinnamon if you’d prefer your cocktail to taste more like a classic whiskey sour or tamp down the sweetness by swapping it for normal syrup instead. To make a bigger batch for your whisky aficionados to enjoy, double or triple the quantities in the ingredients list. 

Hot Toddy

hot toddy whisky cocktail

Warm up this autumn and winter with an easy-to-make Hot Toddy. This recipe from Tesco is also a great cocktail to rustle up and serve while entertaining friends and family. 

Ingredients:

  • 25ml single malt whisky
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • Juice from ¼ of a lemon
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 cloves
  • Grated nutmeg, to garnish
  • 1 lemon slice, to garnish

Method:

  1. Add the honey and lemon juice into a heatproof glass or mug.
  2. Next, pour in your single malt whisky and top up your glass or mug with boiling water, and stir until the honey dissolves.
  3. Add the cinnamon stick and cloves, then garnish with grated nutmeg and a fresh slice of lemon.

TOP TIPS

The types of whisky used in this cocktail recipe varies, so if you’d prefer, swap the single malt for a brandy or bourbon. You can pack even more flavour into this drink by adding tea – look to chamomile and black tea varieties to balance the flavours already in your hot toddy. 

Blood Orange Whiskey Smash

blood orange whisky smash cocktail

Put some pep in your step with this citrusy concoction from The Boozy Ginger. This smash-style cocktail allows you to get your creative juices flowing by muddling fresh fruit and herbs with your whisky. Blood oranges also come into season between winter and spring, so now is the perfect time to practise making this cool weather cocktail. 

Ingredients:

  • 60ml (2 oz) bourbon or your choice of whisky
  • 45ml (1/2 oz) simple syrup
  • 2 slices of lemon
  • 3 slices of blood orange (1 to garnish)
  • 3 to 5 fresh mint leaves, to garnish

Method: 

  1. Save one of your blood orange slices and add the rest and the lemon slices to a cocktail shaker. Muddle to release the juices.
  2. Pop in your fresh mint, syrup, bourbon/whisky and ice, and shake well until chilled.
  3. Strain the mixture into your favoured whisky tumbler over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with fresh mint and the remaining blood orange slice. 

TOP TIPS

If you haven’t yet sprung for a muddler, using the bottom of a wooden spoon is just as effective. Switch out your favourite whisky for an Irish alternative – the light, fruity and vanilla notes in Irish whiskey can complement the flavours in this vibrant cocktail.