Whiskey Recipes for the Winter Season

Winter is the season of dark spirits and cozy nights, and whiskey is the perfect spirit to highlight on your seasonal cocktail menus.

We've rounded up a few examples of whiskey cocktail recipes perfect for your winter cocktail menus.


whiskey old fashioned recipe
Recipe: Anna Mains, Monkey Shoulder Brand Ambassador  

Vanilla Bean Old Fashioned


2 parts Monkey Shoulder

1 tsp vanilla simple syrup

1 shake angostura bitters

1 or 2 maraschino cherries


  1. Combine ice and ingredients in mixing glass
  2. Stir for 15 seconds
  3. Strain over fresh ice in DOF/Rocks glass
  4. Garnish with orange peel


whiskey cocktail recipe
Photo & recipe: Duke & Dame 

North Star 


1 ½ oz Duke & Dame 

1/2 oz Amaretto 

2 oz Pressed Apple Juice 

2 Dashes of Grated Nutmeg 

2 Dashes of Cinnamon 

Star Anise (Garnish) 


  1. Combine all ingredients in shaker tin
  2. Shake with ice until well chilled
  3. Strain into chilled coupe glass
  4. Garnish with star anise



whiskey old fashioned recipe
Recipe & photo: Glendalough

Glendalough Very Old Fashioned


2 oz. Glendalough Double Barrel Whiskey

⅓ oz. Simple syrup

2 dashes of Bitters

Fresh Orange Peel


  1. Add all the ingredients to a tumbler
  2. Stir
  3. Add ice and stir again
  4. Garnish with a twisted orange peel


whiskey cocktail recipe
Recipe & Photo: Four Roses

Mellow and Merry Mule


1.5 oz Four Roses Small Batch

2 oz cranberry juice

4 oz ginger beer

Splash of lime juice

Cranberries for garnish

Sprig of rosemary for garnish


  1. Fill a glass with ice
  2. Add all liquid ingredients
  3. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and fresh cranberries


Home For The Holidays

Recipe by Freeland Bourbon


2 oz Freeland Bourbon Reese’s Puffs infused Cask Bourbon 

1⁄2 oz toasted marshmallow simple syrup

3-4 dashes smoked vanilla bitters

3-4 dashes Amargo Chuncho bitters


  1. Add all ingredients to a mixing glass
  2. Add ice and stir for 30-40 seconds
  3. Strain into a rocks glass over a large cube
  4. Garnish with mini Reese's cup and mini marshmallows


whiskey recipe
Recipe: Mixologist/spirits educator Tiffanie Barriere, Netflix’s Drink Masters and High on the Hog

Holiday Jams 


1.75 oz Uncle Nearest Straight Rye Whiskey 

0.5 oz. Sorrel Hibiscus Liqueur

1 bar spoon Apricot jam

3 dashes Aromatic bitters

Orange peel for garnish 


Directions: Build all ingredients in a cocktail mixing glass and mix with a cocktail spoon until the jam is incorporated. Add ice and stir cold for 20 seconds. Fine stain into a rocks glass over a large ice cube. Garnish with an orange swift.