If you like your alcoholic drinks a little sweeter and infused with flavors, then whiskey based liqueurs are excellent choices. Whiskey liqueurs smooth out the edginess and reduce the pronounced alcohol taste of whiskey, making them much more pleasant to enjoy.
A whiskey liqueur is a combination of whiskey and a variety of flavorings and additives. The spirit can be infused with:
Whiskey liqueurs can also be made by first fermenting the flavoring agent, such as a fruit, and then adding it to the whiskey. This velvety libation remains a great after-dinner treat either straight, over ice or added to coffee or hot chocolate. Many restaurants have entire lists of whiskey liqueurs that customers can choose from to give their coffee a zing.
Liqueurs are beverages that contain high amounts of both alcohol and sugar. They are different from flavored liquors or fruit brandies that contain no sugar. Some whiskey liqueurs can have up to 70 percent alcohol by volume.
The Most Notable Whiskey Liqueur
Probably the most famous and popular whiskey liqueur is Baileys Irish Cream. The creamy drink has been around since 1974 and remains one of the most popular whiskey liqueurs in the world.
Made from Irish whiskey and a cream-based liqueur, the Baileys Irish Cream was first made by Andrew Bailey of the R.A. Bailey & Co. in Dublin, Ireland. The drink has an alcohol content of 17 percent.
Baileys Irish Cream is deemed “the original” because Andrew Bailey was the first to figure out how to combine cream and alcohol so the combination stayed stable during commercial distribution.
Other Popular Whiskey Liqueurs
Another well-liked spirit, Southern Comfort, has a lot of fans because of its peach-infused flavor. To this day, the recipe for this liqueur remains a secret.
A few other notable whiskey liqueurs include:
- Eblana, a mixture of Irish whiskey, coffee, honey, almonds and peanuts
- Yukon Jack whiskey liqueur, a honey-based liqueur from Canada
- Old Pulteney, an unusual combination of prunes and spices with a single malt whiskey
- Rock and Rye whiskey liqueur, combines whiskey made from rye with citrus and rock candy.
For those who like the sound of chocolate whiskey, candy liqueurs are sometimes enjoyed by those who like a little kick with their chocolate. These candies are chocolates in the of shape whiskey bottles, filled with whiskey liqueur.
Recipes for Whiskey Liqueur Cocktails
Making cocktails with whiskey liqueurs can make any occasion more special. Here are some fun whiskey liqueur recipes to try.
Baileys Chocolatini Ingredients
- 1 oz. Baileys Irish Cream
- 1 oz. vodka
- ? oz. chocolate liqueur.
Drop ice cubes into shaker. Pour in the liquors, shake and strain into chilled martini glasses. Garnish with chocolate shakings or sprinkle cocoa powder on top.
Rhett Butler Cocktail
- 1 ? oz. Southern Comfort
- ? oz. fresh lemon juice
- oz. fresh lime juice
- oz. orange Curacao
- sugar to taste (optional).
Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice, shake and strain into stemmed, chilled glassware.
- 1 ? oz. Scotch whiskey
- ? oz. Drambuie whiskey
- 1 twist lemon peel.
Pour the Scotch and Drambuie into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice cubes. Stir well. Garnish with a lemon peel twist.