A Guide to the Best Whisky Cocktails | Ad Gefrin

A Guide to the Best Whisky Cocktails

31st August 2023

In the world of spirits, whisky holds a special place for many. Its rich, smoky aroma and complex flavours have been tantalising palates for centuries. But why limit yourself to just sipping it neat? 

Enter the world of whisky cocktails, where our Ad Gefrin whisky blend,Tácnbora, takes centre stage, combining unique flavours together to create the best whisky cocktails.

Why choose our whisky blend to create cocktails? 

When it comes to crafting cocktails, our whisky blend, Tácnbora, stands out for its exceptional quality, versatility and subtle elegance. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail by our expert distillers, it serves as a versatile canvas for a wide range of cocktails.

Tácnbora will enhance the flavours of your cocktail, with a well-balanced profile that includes smokiness, sweetness and complexity.

Its distinctive character and rich history add depth to your drinks, celebrating the hospitality of the Golden Age of Northumberland in every sip. 

Whether you're mixing a classic or crafting a modern cocktail creation, our Tácnbora elevates your cocktail experience. 

Discover how to create some of the best whisky cocktails. 

The Whisky Sour

Our whisky cocktail adventure begins with the timeless Whisky Sour. This classic whisky cocktail is a masterpiece that perfectly balances the sweet, sour and bitter notes, showcasing whisky's versatility. It's a cocktail that tells a story of both simplicity and sophistication.

To craft a Whisky Sour, you'll need:

  • 2 oz Tácnbora English whisky
  • 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • Ice
  • Lemon twist or cherry for garnish

To create your Whisky Sour cocktail:

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Pour in 2 oz of Tácnbora whisky, 3/4 oz of fresh lemon juice, and 1/2 oz of simple syrup.
  3. Shake vigorously until well chilled.
  4. Strain the mixture into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with a lemon twist or cherry.


The Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned is a cocktail that pays homage to the classics, and for beginners is a simple whisky cocktail to make. Just like Tácnbora whisky, the Old Fashioned cocktail celebrates tradition in every sip. 

For an Old Fashioned, you'll need:

  • 2 oz Tácnbora English whisky
  • 1 sugar cube
  • 2-3 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • Orange peel
  • Ice

To create your Old Fashioned cocktail:

  1. Place the sugar cube in an old-fashioned glass.
  2. Add 2-3 dashes of Angostura bitters and a splash of water.
  3. Stir the sugar until it's mostly dissolved.
  4. Fill the glass with ice.
  5. Pour in 2 oz of Tácnbora whisky and stir gently.
  6. Garnish with a twist of orange peel.


The Boulevardier

Now, let's venture into the story of the Boulevardier, a cocktail that marries the Tácnbora whisky blend’s charm with the herbal elegance of Campari. It's a cocktail that takes you on a journey through a rich array of flavours. 

To make a Boulevardier, you'll need:

  • 1 1/2 oz Tácnbora whisky
  • 1 oz Campari
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • Orange twist for garnish
  • Ice

To create a Boulevardier cocktail:

  1. Fill a mixing glass with ice.
  2. Pour in 1 1/2 oz of Tácnbora whisky, 1 oz of Campari, and 1 oz of sweet vermouth.
  3. Stir until well-chilled.
  4. Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass.
  5. Garnish with an orange twist.


The Whisky Smash

The Whisky Smash is a refreshing and vibrant modern whisky cocktail that showcases the versatility of our Tácnbora whisky blend. This cocktail is a delightful blend of citrus, herbs and a touch of sweetness.

To make a Whisky Smash, you'll need:

  • 2 oz Tácnbora whisky
  • 3-4 fresh mint leaves
  • 3/4 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • Crushed ice
  • Lemon wheel and fresh mint sprig for garnish

To create a Whisky Smash cocktail:

  1. In a mixing glass or cocktail shaker, gently crush the fresh mint leaves to release their aroma and flavour.
  2. Add 2 oz of Tácnbora whisky, 3/4 oz of freshly squeezed lemon juice, and 1/2 oz of syrup.
  3. Fill a glass with crushed ice.
  4. Strain the cocktail mixture over the crushed ice into the glass.
  5. Stir gently to combine the ingredients and chill the drink.
  6. Garnish with a slice of lemon and a fresh mint sprig.


Discover Ad Gefrin Tácnbora Whisky Blend

From the timeless Whisky Sour to the classic Old Fashioned, the intriguing Boulevardier and the modern Whisky Smash, our Tácnbora whisky blend is the ideal companion for both traditional and contemporary cocktails. Its exceptional quality, versatility and rich history elevate every sip, making each whisky based cocktail an exploration of flavour and celebration of tradition.

Discover the story and taste of Ad Gefrin whisky for yourself, starting by shopping our spirits online to sample them for yourself. Purchasing a bottle of our Tácnbora whisky blend is the perfect way to enjoy a taste of Northumberland from your home. 

Looking to discover more about whisky? Take a look at our top five tips guide on how to taste whisky, to ensure you get the most out of every sip of our Tácnbora whisky blend, or why not visit us and book your place on our distillery tour to enjoy and learn more about the creation of our special spirits, as well as to sample them for yourself.

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