We love whiskey: Perfect whiskey cocktails

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From the March 15, 2012 edition

Sure, whiskey is wonderful all by itself, but it can also be the base for a number of great cocktails. Here are five that are easy enough to make at home, as well as a few recommendations of where to sample the drinks if you don’t want to be your own bartender.

Sazerac

2 oz. rye whiskey

.5 oz. simple syrup

.25 oz absinthe

3 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters

Lemon peel

Wash glass with absinthe, pour out excess absinthe. In glass, pour rye and simple syrup over ice. Add bitters and garnish with lemon peel.

Try one:

MoJoe Lounge

600 N. High St., Downtown

614-732-4899

mojoe-lounge.com

Old Fashioned

2 oz. bourbon

.5 oz. simple syrup

1 orange wedge

1 maraschino cherry

2 dashes Angostura bitters

Combine simple syrup, cherry, orange and bitters in an Old Fashioned glass and muddle. Pour bourbon over ice.

Try one:

Mouton

954 N. High St., Short North

614-732-4660

mouton954.com

Manhattan

2 oz. blended whiskey

.5 oz. sweet vermouth

.5 oz. dry vermouth

1 dash of Angostura bitters

1 maraschino cherry

Combine whiskey, vermouths and bitters in a mixing glass. Stir ingredients with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with cherry.

Try one:

Sage American Bistro

2653 N. High St., North Campus

614-267-7243

sageamericanbistro.com

Tipperary

.75 oz. Irish whiskey

.75 oz. Green Chartreuse liqueur

.75 oz. sweet vermouth

Combine ingredients in a mixing glass with ice, and stir. Strain into a martini glass.

Irish Highball

2 oz. Jameson Irish whiskey

4 oz. Canada Dry ginger ale

Pour whiskey and ginger ale over ice in a rocks glass.