Try These Three-Ingredient Whisky Cocktails

April 29, 2018

Figured out the whisky that most suits your tastes? Keen to mix it up in a nice cocktail? Not actually organised enough to have the ingredients required to make said cocktail? Boy, do we have the perfect solution for you.

Three-ingredient cocktails are the ultimate no-brainer. You don’t need to buy too many elements, and they’ll still deliver a delicious taste sensation that will let your whisky shine through. We teamed up with our mates at Johnnie Walker to find the easiest cocktails out there. Nice.

(FYI, for most of these cocktails we’d recommend using Johnnie Walker Double Black Scotch Whisky.)

Whisky Sour

There are a few different ways to make a Whisky Sour, but maybe you’re in a situation where only the simplest version will do (it’s the day before pay day, you only have 10 minutes until your guests come over, all the ingredients in your fridge have mysteriously disappeared, etc.). No problem!

What you need: Lemon juice, simple syrup, whisky
What to do: Shake together 60mL whisky with 30mL lemon juice, 15mL syrup and ice.

Hot toddy

Interested in an almost-winter warmer? Enter the Hot Toddy. This mixture of honey and whisky is a delicious way to sip in the colder months.

What you need: Lemon, honey and whisky
What to do: Squeeze a lemon wedge and leave it at the bottom of a mug. Add 1 tablespoon of honey to 60mL of whisky and top with hot water.


A Manhattan tends to have more than three ingredients, but it is possible to simplify it. In fact, the Manhattan has a history of being chopped and changed – for a while the cocktail was made with Canadian whisky instead of bourbon when Prohibition made American liquor scarce.

What you need: Vermouth, bitters, whisky
What to do:Stir together 45mL whisky with 15mL vermouth and add a dash of bitters.

Mint Julep

If you’d like to pretend you’re a fancy Colonel from the South who says things like “I do declare!” while rocking backward and forward on a front porch, the Mint Julep is the three-ingredient cocktail for you.

What you need: Mint sprigs, simple syrup, bourbon
What to do: Muddle 5 sprigs of mint with the syrup, add 65mL of bourbon and fill the glass with crushed ice.

The Cheat

Okay, some whiskies are just too good on their own to be mixed with other things. If you’ve got a nice aged bottle like Johnnie Walker Sherry Black Label or Johnnie Walker Black Label 12YO Scotch Whisky, we’d recommend just pouring it into a glass and trying to focus on the individual flavours you can taste in the glass.

What you need: Whisky!

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