Shake up a creative cocktail for World Whisky Day

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While there might be a food holiday every day of the week, World Whisky Day is the perfect excuse to open a bottle of a favorite whisky or discover a new flavor on the shelf. Given that summer is around the corner, why not let summer flavors inspire the creative cocktail in the glass. Ready to toast to a fine spirit?

During the winter months, some people might be drawn to a whisky, that smooth, robust flavor is perfect for sipping by the fire or lounging on the couch. But as the weather warms, the whisky doesn’t need to go back on the shelf. It can easily transform into bright, flavorful offerings.

On World Whisky Day, the celebration is the perfect excuse to shake up a whisky cocktail. While a classic Old Fashioned or even a neat pour is always a lovely choice, it isn’t the only one. Luckily a few whisky brands and mixologists are offering a creative cocktail for the occasion.

Sour Creamsicle

The classic creamsicle dessert is often a summertime staple. Who doesn’t remember that backyard barbecue that ended with that sweet treat?

Jameson Orange, the newest flavor from Jameson, brings the brightness of orange with the classic whisky that people have come to love. That punch of citrus is quite welcoming on a warm day.

This cocktail, a Sour Creamsicle, borrows that nostalgic flavor of the summer dessert and evolves it. From an aperitif to a sipping dessert, it could be that cocktail that people can’t get enough of.

Sour Creamsicle


  • 2 parts Jameson Orange
  • 1 part tangerine juice
  • .5 parts lime juice
  • .75 Licor 43


  • Shake ingredients, service in a cocktail glass with ice and garnish with an orange half moon

Blackberry Bourbon Smash

Summer fruits often fill the cocktail glass. That burst of juiciness is quite satisfying. Whether the fruit is muddled in the bottom of the glass or floating in the glass, sometimes it just makes you feel a little better to have some fruit with that cocktail.

This creative cocktail from Wolf Moon Bourbon combines blackberry for a sweet and refreshing sip. The flavors from the Wolf Moon Bourbon pair well with the freshness in this sipping experience.

Blackberry Bourbon Smash


  • 2 Ounces Wolf Moon Bourbon
  • 1 Ounce Soda Water
  • .5 Ounces Lime Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar
  • Handful of Blackberries
  • Handful of Mint Leaves


  • Muddle blackberries, mint leaves, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Add bourbon, ice, and sugar. Shake. Pour into a cup over ice. Top with soda water. Garnish with mint leaves and blackberries.

A Ginger Lemon- Tiki Swizzle

Glenmorangie is a classic, finessed whisky. While there are several varieties from the brand, the Original has flavor layers that continue to impress. It is a testament to the brand’s craft.

In the Glenmorangie Original, the sweetness of the honey with a slightly creamy vanilla makes it a lovely option for a warm weather cocktail. With some orange and peach, the fruitiness lends itself to this tropical inspired cocktail.

Here’s how to make a Ginger Lemon Tiki Swizzle.


  • 1/3 oz Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban
  • 1 1/3 oz Glenmorangie Original
  • 1/4oz Falemum
  • 1/4oz Kummel
  • 1/3oz Tropical Ginger Syrup
  • 1/3oz Lemon juice
  • 3 drops Dr. Adams Brazilian bitters


  • Pour all the ingredients into a sling glass. Fill 2/3 of the glass with crushed ice and mix thoroughly with a bar spoon. Fill the rest of the glass with crushed ice. Garnish with a mint sprig, a lemon wheel and a cherry.

SIA Glasgow Mule

Sometimes it is good to discover an unexpected spirit. For anyone who has not enjoyed SIA Scotch Whisky, this liquor appeals to both the consummate whisky drinker and the modern palate. With a hint of smokiness, the caramel and honey are heightened.

While delightful enjoyed neat, a simple, classic cocktail, like a mule, highlights the layers in this whisky. Here’s how to make a SIA Glasgow Mule.

SIA Glasgow Mule


  • 1.5 oz SIA Scotch Whisky
  • 5 oz Ginger Beer
  • 1 Lime Wedge
  • 1 Lime Twist or Wedge for garnish


  • Pour SIA over ice into a glass of your choosing. Squeeze the lime into the glass then add the ginger beer. Garnish and enjoy.

What are you drinking for World Whisky Day? What unexpected whisky cocktail is your favorite?