5 Whisky Cocktails To Warm You Up This Winter

Good whisky mixers can warm you up any time of the year. However, if it’s a bit chilly outside, the feeling might be a bit more satisfying. There’s nothing more soothing than a high-quality drink in your belly to raise the temperature a bit.

The problem is, you have no idea how to mix any famous whisky drinks. No worries, we’ll help you with that.

We created a list of classic whisky cocktails to help you get through the cold weather.

Keep reading and learn about the most popular whisky drinks and how to make them.

Old Fashioned

There’s no way of creating a list of classic whisky cocktails without including the Old Fashioned. It’s the first cocktail ever to be served, so it makes sense for it to be the first one in this article as well.

The Old Fashioned is one of the most famous whisky drinks for a reason. It’s been served in bars all across the world for quite some time, and its popularity hasn’t decreased. So, what makes it so special?


  • 2 oz. whisky (rye or bourbon)
  • Two dashes bitters
  • One sugar cube
  • Orange peel
  • Club soda

Don’t let the simplicity of the ingredients fool you. The Old Fashioned has an abundance of flavor.


Start by getting an Old Fashioned glass and placing the sugar cube on the bottom. 

Wet the cube with bitters (and a splash of club soda if you wish), then crush the cube. Use a wooden muller for this process. 

Once the ingredients have united, give the glass a swirl, so the entire bottom of the glass is wet.

Add ice to the glass. If you have access to large ice cubes or clear ice, this would be the perfect time to use them. If not, use what you have. High-end bars usually use extravagant types of ice for good whisky mixers.

Finally, pour the whisky into the glass. Add an orange twist, and one of the most popular whisky drinks will be ready to serve.

Give Old Fashioned a shot and see why it’s been around for so long.


Some hard-core whisky enthusiasts may not be pleased seeing you mix scotch with sweet liquor. However, if you feel like a bit of sweetness could help you enjoy whisky, give it a shot.

Godfather is one of the famous whisky drinks that seems suitable for you. And, the fact that this drink was rumored to be Marlon Brando’s favorite is a cool addition.

On top of that, Godfather is easy to make, it has a bunch of booze in it, and you won’t feel it as much because of all the sweetness.


  • 2 oz. scotch whisky
  • 1/2 oz. Amaretto


Once again, you’ll need an Old Fashioned glass to begin. However, this time we’ll be using cracked ice.

Put some into a container or a glass, then add the scotch and the Amaretto. Stir the ingredients well.

Then, strain the liquid over fresh ice into the prepared glass.

Though this drink may seem sweet and simple, don’t let it trick you. It’s got two ingredients, but both of them are alcoholic. Some of the drinks on our list may be sweet, but these classic whisky cocktails will still get you drunk if you overconsume.


There’s no way of skipping the Manhattan when talking about popular whisky drinks. What’s better than a mixture of spicy and sweet with some alcohol? Not much if you ask us.

You’ll see a bunch of recipes online on how to make a Manhattan and which type of whisky to use for it. Our recommendation is to go with rye. Bourbon is also a possibility, but using rye is your safest bet for a proper Manhattan.


  • 2 oz. whisky (preferably rye)
  • 1 oz. Vermouth
  • Two dashes bitters
  • Lemon peel
  • Cocktail cherries

Manhattan is one of those drinks that need to be carefully prepared. If you do the job correctly and all the flavors align the way they should, you’ll understand what makes this cocktail so unique. 

So, read our directions, and start making your first one.


Just like with the Godfather, we’ll need some crushed ice to prepare a Manhattan. So, pour the whisky into the container, add the vermouth and the bitters, and stir.

Then, strain the mixture into the glass. However, you’ll need a cocktail glass for this one. But make sure it’s chilled before serving the drink.

Finish the composition with a garnish. You can use a lemon peel, three cocktail cherries, or both.


The name may scare you at first, and finding out that Absinthe is on the ingredients list won’t help either. Absinthe has been making its way into many cocktails nowadays, so if you plan on learning to bartend, getting a bottle won’t hurt.

The Brain-Duster is quite a potent drink itself. Many compare it to a stronger Manhattan, so if you like sipping on those, give Brain-Duster a shot too.


  • 1 oz. rye whisky
  • 1 oz. Absinthe
  • 1 oz. Vermouth
  • One dash bitters


We’ve mentioned that many people compare this drink with the Manhattan. The preparation isn’t that different either.

Firstly, make sure to chill a cocktail glass. Once again, use crushed ice, add the liquor and the bitters, and stir all the ingredients.

Then, once everything is mixed up and chilled, strain into the previously prepared cocktail glass.

Irish Coffee

Most don’t assume that coffee can make its way on a list of good whisky mixers. However, when the coffee is Irish, there’s no telling what it can do.

And, for the coffee lovers who like to wake up with a bit of a kick, we recommend giving this mix a shot.


  • 2 oz. Irish whisky
  • 5 oz. coffee
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • Heavy cream


Since you’re likely to be drinking this in the morning, having easy preparations is crucial for a good Irish coffee. So, simply pour the whisky, coffee, and sugar into a mug. Using a stemmed, heated glass mug is our recommendation.

To finish it all, add a layer of whipped cream on top.

You can make the coffee as Irish as you’d like. Just don’t let the taste fool you. This type of coffee can get you drunk.

So, which one of these seems the most up your alley? Everybody loves the Old Fashioned, but Irish coffee is hard to beat.

Our advice is to try them all at least once. Only then can you make the right call.

Grab a Drink With Us

If you ever find yourself in the heart of South Miami, then you’ll be in the right place to try all of these drinks. Visit Root & Bone restaurant and see how the pros make these drinks.

Also, you can visit our website and check out our menu. Our servers will find the perfect meal to pair with whatever you’re drinking.