September 29, 2021

Classic Fancy Whiskey Cocktail

Whiskey, whether it be Scotch, bourbon, or another variant, makes for a great cocktail ingredient, and is a key component of several classics including this classic whiskey cocktail. This particular cocktail was a go-to after prohibition. The adjective “Fancy” was used to describe cocktails with orange flavors in them. The range of bourbons that are available can provide you with endless opportunities to experiment with flavors that suit you to really make this cocktail your own. Whether is Makers Mark, Basil Hayden, or Knob Creek this cocktail will take on a variety of complexities based on the Bourbon you choose. Once you find the whiskey that works for your taste buds, it’s likely that you’ll be hooked on this easy, elegant drink that looks beautiful in a fancy coupe glass.  The stylish coupe cocktail glass was designed in the mid 17th century in England by a Benedictine monk. Champagne coupes quickly became fashionable in France in the 1700s and were the cocktail vessel of choice for many years. I love to use a Coupe for this fancy elegant cocktail that is at home at a cocktail party or in front of a roaring fall fire as the evenings get cooler. 


Classic Fancy Whiskey Cocktail

Classic Whiskey Cocktail

Yield: 1 drink


  • 2 ounces blended whiskey
  • 1/2 ounce triple sec
  • 1/2 teaspoon superfine sugar
  • 1 dash bitters
  • Orange twist, or lemon twist, for garnish


    1. In a cocktail shaker, pour the whiskey, triple sec, sugar, and bitters. Fill with ice cubes.
    2. Shake well.
    3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
    4. Garnish with an orange twist.
    5. Serve and enjoy.


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