Whiskey

The Rob Roy

The Rob Roy

Hailing from the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, the Rob Roy is an 1894 cocktail that is very spirit forward with a flavorful finish due to the Angostura Bitters. The drink is named after an opera of the time period based on the Scottish folk hero Rob Roy McGregor. Although not an IBA Official Cocktail, the Rob Roy is a solid Scotch Whisky cocktail option that is meany for sipping and casual enjoyment.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Scotch Whisky

  • 1 oz. Sweet Vermouth

  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       3.5 Stars

  • Served:      Neat

  • Strength:   Strong

  • Difficulty:  Simple

  • Flavor:       Spiced

Method:

Stirred over ice, strained into a chilled glass, garnished, and served straight up, or mixed in rocks glass, filled with ice.

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The Irish Coffee

About The Irish Coffee

The Irish Coffee has a bit of a muddled history. Since the mid-1800s the French would serve a cocktail known as a Gloria, which was any mixture of coffee and spirits. So it’s not off-base to say the Irish Coffee is just a Whiskey Gloria, however when’s the last time you’ve heard of a Gloria cocktail? The modern Irish Coffee is mostly agreed to have originated in County Limerick, Ireland. In the mid 1950s, the cocktail began appearing in the United States on the West Coast and its popularity took off from there. A staple of after-dinner cocktail menus everywhere, the Irish Coffee and its iterations have survived and continue to thrive.

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Irish Whiskey

  • 1 oz. Cream

  • 4 oz. Hot Coffee

  • 1 tsp Brown Sugar

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating: 4.0 Stars

  • Served: Hot

  • Strength: Mild

  • Difficulty: Simple

  • Flavor: Coffee

Method:

Heat the coffee, whiskey, and sugar but do not bring to a boil. Pour into glass and top with cream.

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The Long Island Iced Tea

About The Long Island Iced Tea

 Disclaimer: The following recipe is not the IBA Official Long Island Iced Tea. The following recipe is a custom Empire Mixology Long Island Iced Tea that has been a family hand-down recipe from our multi-generational team of bartenders and mixologists. In contrast to the “official” recipe, the Empire recipe tones down the tequila and gin, while adding more rum. Also, a splash of rye is introduced to cut the harsh flavor of the tequila and gin and create a much smoother finish. This recipe is an Empire Mixology recipe that has never left an upset customer.

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Ingredients:

• 1 oz. Vodka

• 1¼ oz. Rum

• ¾ oz. Gin

• ¾ oz. Tequila

• 1 oz. Triple Sec

• Splash of Rye Whiskey

• 4½ oz. Sour Mix

• Splash of Coca Cola

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating: 5 Stars

  • Served: On the Rocks

  • Strength: Strong

  • Difficulty: Medium

  • Flavor: Sweet

Method:

Build ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice, except for the coca cola. Gently shake a few times to chill ingredients. Pour with ice into highball or pint glass. Add splash of coke and stir gently. Add lemon wedge and cherry as garnish. The color should be pale brown, similar to iced tea. If the drink is too dark then too much coke has been added.

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The Godfather

About The Godfather

Featuring our good friends at the Lost Distillery Company, we bring you something you cannot refuse; the Godfather Cocktail. This IBA Official Cocktail is thought to be one of Marlon Brando’s a.k.a. Don Vito Corleone favorite cocktails. The combination of strong Scotch Whisky and Italian Amaretto creates a smoother taste than you might expect. The sweetness of the Amaretto cuts the bite of the Scotch and as the ice melts, the innate flavors of the spirits are brought to light. A perfect sipping drink, this is a great beginner Scotch drink.

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Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Scotch Whisky

  • 1.5 oz. Amaretto

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:     4.5 Stars

  • Served:     On the Rocks

  • Strength:   Strong

  • Difficulty:  Simple

  • Flavor:      Sweetly Strong

Method:

Pour both spirits into old fashioned glass with ice. Stir gently.

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The Whiskey Sour

About The Whiskey Sour

The 1800s created a lot of cocktails that are considered classic, the Whiskey Sour is one of them. Unlike other drinks such as the Old Fashioned, this recipe has withstood the test of time and has never fallen too out of favor. The sweet and sour taste of this drink is pleasing to the palate and makes for a perfect evening drink.

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Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Bourbon Whiskey

  • 1 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

  • 1/2 oz. Gomme Syrup

  • Dash of egg white (optional)

  • 1 Lemon Wedge for garnish

  • 1 Maraschino Cherry for garnish

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       4.5 Stars

  • Served:      On the Rocks

  • Strength:   Strong

  • Difficulty:  Complex

  • Flavor:       Spirit

Method:

Pour ingredients into cocktail shaker with ice and shake until well chilled. Strain into rocks glass with fresh ice. Garnish with lemon wedge and maraschino cherry.

Empire Tip: The egg white ingredient is often skipped due to food allergies.

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The Old Fashioned

About The Old Fashioned

One of the foundation recipes for any mixologist, the Old Fashioned is a time tested cocktail that is presently enjoying a revival thanks to the hit show Mad Men. First mentioned in the early 1800s, the true origin of this drink is shrouded in mystery with some sources pointing to the late 1870s as a possible inception date. Any self-respecting bartender/mixologist should master this recipe.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Rye Whiskey

  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters

  • 1 Sugar Cube

  • few dashes of Plain Water

  • 1 Orange Rind

  • 1 Orange Wheel for Garnish

  • 1 Maraschino Cherry for Garnish

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       4.5 Stars

  • Served:      On the Rocks

  • Strength:   Strong

  • Difficulty:  Complex

  • Flavor:       Spirit

Method:

In an Old Fashioned glass add sugar cube, bitters, orange rind, and water. Muddle until well mixed and sugar mostly dissolved. Remove the orange rind and add Rye and ice. Garnish with orange wheel and cherry.

Empire Tip: Bourbon is commonly accepted as a substitute for Rye, and numerous recipes also call for Gin instead of Whiskey.

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The Boilermaker

About The Boilermaker

The epitome of old school and reckless, the Boilermaker has remained a tailgate special and city-wide favorite in Philadelphia, PA. Painfully straightforward and powerful, this cocktail can be varied by changing beer choices or type of spirit used as a depth charge.

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Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Bourbon Whiskey

  • 1 Beer of choice

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       3.5 Stars

  • Served:      Neat

  • Strength:   Medium

  • Difficulty:  Simple

  • Flavor:       Spirit

Method:

Pour the whiskey into a shot glass and then drop the shot into a pint glass of beer. Chug (responsibly!) and enjoy.

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The Irish Car Bomb

About The Irish Car Bomb

The Irish Car Bomb is a controversial American cocktail recipe featuring many ingredients of Irish origin. The “explosion” effect of the Baileys into the beer drew the idea for the name of this cocktail. Be warned, ordering this drink in Ireland can be seen as offensive as it refers to a difficult time in Irish history. Overall, the drink is fairly heavy in taste and remains a popular barplace staple in the States.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 oz. Irish Cream

  • 1/2 oz. Irish Whiskey

  • 1 Pint Irish Stout Beer

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       4.0 Stars

  • Served:      Depth Charge

  • Strength:  Medium

  • Difficulty:  Simple

  • Flavor:       Spirit

Method:

Float whiskey on top of Irish cream in a shot glass. Drop shot glass into pint of glass of Irish stout beer. Chug (responsibly!) and accordingly.

Empire Tip: Make a Belfast Car Bomb by adding Kahlua to the shot!

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The Rusty Nail

About The Rusty Nail

You might think the Rusty Nail hails from Scotland; the world capital of scotch whisky, but the truth is no one really knows where this drink truly hails from. Some attribute the cocktail’s origin to Thailand, where this drink exploded in popularity. However, the NYC bartender scene is also given the same claim. This is a powerful drink not for the faint of heart, and is a popular suggestion for any scotch drinker.

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Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Scotch Whisky

  • 2/3 oz. Drambuie

  • Lemon Twist for Garnish

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       4.0 Stars

  • Served:      On the Rocks

  • Strength:   Strong

  • Difficulty: Simple

  • Flavor:       Strong

Method:

Pour all ingredients into old fashioned glass with ice. Gently stir and garnish with a lemon twist.

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The Manhattan

About The Manhattan

The Manhattan; one of the core drinks in mixology. Every bartender whether enthusiast or professional should know how to make this classic concoction. The true way of making a Manhattan is with RYE whiskey and not BOURBON. In fact, bourbon only became a substitution in the Prohibition Era when Rye was in hard supply. The drink is also typically garnished with a maraschino cherry and not a lemon twist.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Rye Whiskey

  • 1 oz. Sweet Vermouth

  • Dash Angostura Bitters

  • 1 Maraschino Cherry

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       4.0 Stars

  • Served:     Neat

  • Strength:  Strong

  • Difficulty:  Medium

  • Flavor:       Strong

Method:

Add all ingredients to a mixing glass and stir with ice until chilled. Strain into chilled cocktail glass and garnished with a maraschino cherry.

Empire Tip: You can modernize the classic recipe by using bourbon rather than rye and use a lemon twist for garnish.

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