Fancy Whiskey: A Classic Way to Enjoy Your Whiskey

Classic Fancy Whiskey Cocktail
Scotch, bourbon, rye or Canadian, it doesn't matter! Just pick up your favorite whiskey and enjoy a classic Fancy Whiskey Cocktail tonight. Photo Credit: S&C Design Studios
  • 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving
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Whiskey fans can enjoy their favorite spirit in style with this blended whiskey cocktail with a hint of fruit. Like its whiskey 'martini' counterparts, the Manhattan and Algonquin, the Fancy Whiskey is a great way to display your favorite whisky in an 'up' drink.

Choose a Canadian whisky for a smooth "fancy" or a Scotch for a smoky "fancy." If that doesn't fancy you, the range of bourbons can bring an array of different tasting cocktails. Once you find the whiskey that works for your taste buds, it's likely that you'll be hooked on this drink.

What You'll Need

How to Make It

  1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with the lemon twist.

Another Fancy Whiskey Recipe

Very similar to the first recipe, this Fancy Whiskey switches to a syrup for the sweetener and opts for Grand Marnier with the orange liqueur. The premise is the same for both cocktails and you might find that one works better with a particular whiskey than the other.

To make this drink, mix 2 ounces whiskey with 1/4 to 1/2 ounce gomme syrup or rich simple syrup, 2 dashes Angostura bitters, and 1/4 to 1/2 ounces Grand Marnier. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

How Strong are the Fancy Whiskey Cocktails?

Cocktails like the Fancy Whiskey that are made almost entirely of liquor may look fancy but they are often as strong as the average shot drink. This is no exception and the average Fancy Whiskey has an alcohol content of 30% ABV (60 proof). It's best to keep this in mind and pace yourself or this fancy drink could lead to a not-so-fancy morning.