Winter Whiskey Cocktails to Try This Season

Nothing beats a warm and inviting whiskey drink to stave off the chill when the days grow shorter and the temperature lowers. Whiskey cocktails are the ideal option for bringing a bit of coziness and refinement to your winter nights, whether you’re lounging by the fire, curled up under a blanket, or out on the town. It might be challenging to decide which whiskey cocktail is the best option for your winter drinking needs, though, given the wide variety of whiskey drinks available. In order to assist you understand the many winter whiskey cocktails that are ideal for this season, such as Blanton’s Full Set, as well as some advice on how to properly prepare and enjoy them, I’ve put together this guide.

Classic Winter Whiskey Cocktails

Hot Toddy

The hot toddy is a classic wintertime cocktail that has been enjoyed for centuries and it’s perfect for a cold night or simply as a way to soothe a sore throat. For an extra special treat, why not try making your hot toddy with a case of Buffalo Trace? The sweetness from the honey and the acidity from the lemon will help balance out the whiskey’s natural warmth, creating an even more delicious and comforting winter sipper. To make, just mix 2 oz of whiskey, 1 tbsp of honey, 1 tbsp of lemon juice and 8 oz of hot water in a mug then garnish with a cinnamon stick and a lemon wheel. Enjoy!

Old Fashioned

For a truly classic Old Fashioned, try using Weller Special Reserve whiskey. It’s made with wheat and malt, which adds a smooth and creamy flavor to the drink. The sweetness of the sugar helps cut through the whiskey’s natural warmth and the bitters add a hint of bitterness that perfectly balances it out. To make an Old Fashioned with Weller Special Reserve, all you need is 2 oz of whiskey, 1 tsp of sugar, and 2 dashes of bitters; stir with ice and top with an orange peel for a timeless classic.


The Manhattan is a classic cocktail that’s been enjoyed since the late 1800s. It’s made with whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters, and it’s known for its complexity and balance of flavors. The sweet vermouth adds a touch of sweetness while the bitters add a hint of bitterness, balancing the whiskey’s natural warmth. To make a Manhattan, simply mix 2 oz of whiskey, 1 oz of sweet vermouth, and 2 dashes of bitters in a glass. Add ice and stir. Garnish with a cherry.

Modern Winter Whiskey Cocktails

Smoked Maple Old Fashioned

The Smoked Maple Old Fashioned is a modern twist on a classic. It’s made with whiskey, maple syrup, and a hint of smoke for an added depth of flavor. The smokiness from the whiskey and the sweetness from the maple syrup create a perfect balance, making it a great wintertime sipper. To make a Smoked Maple Old Fashioned, simply mix 2 oz of whiskey, 1 tsp of maple syrup, and a few drops of smoke essence in a glass. Add ice and stir. Garnish with a cherry.

Spiced Apple Cider Whiskey Sour

The Johnnie Walker Collection is the perfect choice when making a Spiced Apple Cider Whiskey Sour. The sweet and acidic notes of the apple cider and lemon juice are balanced by the warmth of the whiskey and enhanced with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Follow the simple recipe to combine 2 oz of whiskey, 1 oz of apple cider, 1/2 oz of lemon juice and a pinch of spices in a shaker. Shake with ice and strain into a glass for an enjoyable winter cocktail. Finish off your Spiced Apple Cider Whiskey Sour with a festive cinnamon stick garnish for the perfect combination of flavor and presentation.

Hot Cocoa Bourbon

The Hot Cocoa Bourbon is a modern winter indulgence. It’s made with hot cocoa and bourbon, and it’s the perfect choice for those who love the combination of chocolate and whiskey. The chocolate adds a touch of sweetness while the bourbon adds a hint of warmth, making it a perfect winter treat. To make a Hot Cocoa Bourbon, simply mix 8 oz of hot cocoa and 2 oz of bourbon in a mug. Garnish with whipped cream and a dusting of cocoa powder.

Tips for Making and Enjoying Winter Whiskey Cocktails

  • When making hot toddies, be sure to use hot water, not boiling water, as this can cause the whiskey to lose its flavor. 
  • To balance the flavors in a whiskey cocktail, be sure to use the right ratio of whiskey, sweeteners, and bitter elements.
  • To make a simple syrup for sweetening cocktails, mix equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan and heat until the sugar is dissolved. Let cool before using.


Whether you’re a fan of classic or modern whiskey cocktails, there’s something for everyone when it comes to winter sipping. From the classic hot toddy to the modern Hot Cocoa Bourbon, these cocktails are sure to warm you up and add a touch of sophistication to your winter evenings. Remember to pay attention to the temperature, glassware, and pairing to take your whiskey experience to the next level. And if you’re looking for further reading and resources, there are many books, websites, and whiskey clubs out there that can help you expand your knowledge and appreciation of this beloved spirit. Cheers!