If you’re an aspiring bartender, the Johnnie Walker Red Label ought to be one of your closest friends. It’s actually designed to be mixed, and yet it has that premium taste that’s absent in cheaper brands. At the same time, it’s not so expensive.
When you have friends over and you have a well-stocked bar, you may as well try out a few of the more complicated recipes with Red Label. Sure, mixing it with soda water, cola, or ginger ale will always end up with a great drink. But sometimes you should just get more adventurous, so try these new recipes for a change!
A Hole in One
This is a version of the venerable Manhattan cocktail, except that this time it’s got Johnnie Walker Red Label instead of rye whiskey and you have lemon juice and orange bitters.
- Start with a cocktail shaker and fill it with ice.
- Get your jigger out, and measure 25 ml of Red Label to put into the shaker.
- Put in 15 ml of dry vermouth.
- Continue with a dash of lemon juice.
- Add a dash of orange bitters.
- Shake everything well until the shaker feels cold.
- Strain it with a cocktail strainer into a cocktail glass.
Port in a Storm
Now here you have Red Label along with affordable ruby port, plus a bit of cognac. The flavor is quite rich as you may very well imagine!
- Get a mixing glass and fill it with ice
- Put in 25 ml of Red Label.
- Add 25 ml of ruby port.
- Add a dash of cognac too.
- Use a bar spoon to mix everything thoroughly.
- Use a cocktail strainer and strain the mixture into a short glass.
Sour Sleigh Ride
Some think that this is an ideal drink for the festive Yuletide season. But the truth of it is that when it comes to fun drinks like these, everyday can seem like Christmas! It has that sweet and sour classic combo that you’ll certainly appreciate.
- Get a tall glass and fill it with ice.
- Put in 50 ml of Red Label.
- Follow this with 25 ml of orange juice.
- Then add just 5 ml of lemon juice.
- Top the glass with 125 ml of Schweppes Slimline Ginger Ale.
- To make things really interesting, spice it up with 3 to 4 drops of aromatic bitters.
St. Nick’s Festive Fizz
Since we’ve already started on the various great drinks for Christmas parties, let’s continue with this unexpected mix of Red Label and Schweppes Elderflower Tonic.
- Get a highball glass and fill it with ice.
- Put in 50 ml of Red Label.
- Top off the glass with Schweppes Elderflower Tonic. That should be about 150 ml.
- Now cut a slice of orange and then push in 5 cloves into it. Use this for your garnish.
- For even more variety, you can later add 10 ml of Grenadine and 10 ml of lemon juice. See if this is more to your taste!
JWRL Mango Crush
This is the decidedly adult version of the innocent mango crush. Who says Johnnie Walker can’t pull off a tropical vibe?
- Get a ripe mango and cut it into chunks.
- Get a blender and fill it half full of ice.
- Pour into the blender about 25 ml of Red Label.
- Follow it with 2 cups of the mango chunks.
- Put in a scoop of chopped strawberries.
- Add a tablespoon of blueberries.
- Finish the blender mix with 3 dashes of coconut water.
- Blend everything together until you have a smooth mix.
- Pour the blender contents into a tall glass.
- Garnish the drink with 3 blue berries and 2 chopped strawberries.
3 Wise Men
What if you’re not really into fruity concoctions at all? In fact, what if you really don’t want anything nonalcoholic in your drink? If this describes you, it doesn’t mean you can enjoy a cocktail drink. Try this on for size—it’ll put some hair on your chest!
It’s really simple, as you just equal parts of:
- Red Label
- A Kentucky bourbon whiskey (Jim Beam White)
- A Tennessee whiskey (Jack Daniel’s)
You can drink this as is (neat), or on the rocks, depending on your preference or mood.