As a bartender, I have seen countless drinks come and go, but there is one trend that has consistently remained popular: fruity whiskey cocktails.
These drinks offer a unique combination of sweet and smoky flavors that appeal to both whiskey aficionados and those who prefer something a little lighter.
But what makes a great fruity whiskey cocktail? It all comes down to balance. The sweetness of the fruit should complement the bold flavors of the whiskey without overpowering them.
A good fruity whiskey cocktail should also have a refreshing finish, making it the perfect drink for a hot summer day or a cozy winter night.
Luckily, there are countless ways to create a delicious fruity whiskey cocktail. From classic recipes like the Whiskey Sour to modern twists like the Peach and Basil Smash, there is no shortage of options.
Whether you prefer your drink with a hint of citrus or a burst of berry flavor, there is a fruity whiskey cocktail out there for you.
In this blog post, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite fruity whiskey cocktail recipes.
These drinks are perfect for impressing guests at your next party or simply enjoying a night in with friends. So, grab your shaker and let’s get mixing!
1. Irish Forbidden Fruit Cocktail
The Irish Forbidden Fruit Cocktail is a must-try for those who love fruity whiskey cocktails. Made with Irish whiskey and Aperol, this cocktail is garnished with apple slices for an extra touch of sweetness. The combination of the smooth Irish whiskey and the bitter Aperol creates a well-balanced flavor that is perfect for those who want to enjoy whiskey in a different way.
This cocktail is a great option for those who want to try something new and different from the classic whiskey drinks. With its unique flavor profile and beautiful presentation, the Irish Forbidden Fruit Cocktail is a great addition to any cocktail menu.
2. Cherry 7 and 7
If you’re looking for a fruity twist on a classic whiskey cocktail, the Cherry 7 and 7 is a must-try. Made with Jameson® Black Barrel whiskey, cherry liqueur, and 7-Up®, this cocktail is perfect for summer sipping. The fresh cherries and lemon-lime soda add a bright and refreshing flavor to the smooth and rich whiskey.
Whether you’re celebrating a small win or getting together with friends and family, the Cherry 7 and 7 is a versatile cocktail that can be easily made in batches or individual glasses. So, if you’re a fan of whiskey and soda cocktails, give the Cherry 7 and 7 a try and let its fruity flavors surprise you.
3. Old Fashioned
The Old Fashioned is a classic whiskey cocktail that never fails to impress. Made with your favorite whiskey, simple syrup, bitters, and an orange peel, this drink was created to highlight the flavor of whiskey. While there are many variations of this cocktail, this version is a fan favorite.
It may not be the most authentic, but it more than makes up for it in flavor. The best part about the Old Fashioned is that it’s a simple yet sophisticated cocktail that can be enjoyed by whiskey lovers and novices alike. So, if you’re looking for a timeless cocktail that’s easy to make and sure to impress, give the Old Fashioned a try.
4. Strawberry Whiskey Smash
The Strawberry Whiskey Smash is a fruity twist on the classic Whiskey Smash cocktail. This refreshing drink is made with fresh strawberries, lemon, mint, and high-quality whiskey. The sweetness of the strawberries perfectly balances the strength of the whiskey, making it a great summer cocktail.
The addition of mint adds a refreshing touch to the drink, making it perfect for sipping on a hot day. If you’re looking for a fun and fruity whiskey cocktail, the Strawberry Whiskey Smash is definitely worth a try.
5. Strawberry Lemonade Whiskey Sour
The Strawberry Lemonade Whiskey Sour is a refreshing and fruity cocktail that is perfect for summertime sipping. The combination of sweet strawberries and tart lemon juice creates a balanced flavor profile that is enhanced by the addition of bourbon whiskey.
This cocktail is easy to make and is sure to impress your guests with its vibrant color and delicious taste. If you’re looking for a fruity whiskey cocktail that is both delicious and refreshing, the Strawberry Lemonade Whiskey Sour is definitely worth trying.
6. Blackberry Whiskey Lemonade Cocktail
The Blackberry Whiskey Lemonade Cocktail is a fruity and refreshing drink that is perfect for a girl’s night in or a summer day by the pool. Made with fresh muddled blackberries and lemonade, this cocktail has a vibrant pink color and a bold flavor that will leave you wanting more.
The addition of whiskey gives it a nice kick, making it a great introduction to whiskey for those who are new to the spirit. The cocktail is garnished with a fresh rosemary sprig, which adds a lovely aroma to the drink. Overall, the Blackberry Whiskey Lemonade Cocktail is a delicious and easy-to-make cocktail that is sure to impress your guests.
7. Holiday Pu’er Cranberry Orange Whiskey Cocktail
The Holiday Pu’er Cranberry Orange Whiskey Cocktail is a fruity and bold concoction that is sure to impress your guests this holiday season. Made with fresh squeezed orange juice, cranberry juice, and a tea-infused syrup, this cocktail has a unique flavor profile that is both sweet and bitter.
The addition of whiskey adds depth and richness to the drink, making it a perfect choice for those who prefer a stronger cocktail. The cocktail is finished with a dried orange slice or fresh cranberries, giving it a festive touch that is perfect for any holiday gathering. If you’re looking for a drink that is both fruity and bold, the Holiday Pu’er Cranberry Orange Whiskey Cocktail is definitely worth a try.
8. Sweet Georgia Peach Smash
If you’re looking for a refreshing and fruity whiskey cocktail, the Sweet Georgia Peach Smash is a must-try. Made with Old Camp Whiskey, a peach pecan flavored whiskey, this cocktail is infused with the delicious taste of peaches.
The addition of Sweet Williams gives it a pop of color and adds a fun touch to the drink. This cocktail is perfect for sipping on the front porch or serving at a bridal shower. If you’re a fan of bourbon or whiskey cocktails, this one is definitely worth trying.
9. Whiskey Sour
The Whiskey Sour is a classic cocktail that has stood the test of time. It’s a sweet and tangy drink that is perfect for any occasion. Made with real lemon and lime juice, this cocktail is refreshing and delicious. The combination of whiskey, sugar, and citrus creates a perfect balance of flavors that is sure to please any palate.
Traditionally served over ice with an orange slice, lemon rind, and maraschino cherry for garnish, the Whiskey Sour is a beautiful drink that is as pleasing to the eye as it is to the taste buds. If you’re looking for a fruity whiskey cocktail that is easy to make and always a crowd-pleaser, the Whiskey Sour is the perfect choice.
10. Whiskey Smash
The Whiskey Smash is a classic cocktail that every whiskey lover should try. Made with just a few simple ingredients, this cocktail is a perfect balance of sweet and sour flavors. The combination of fresh mint, lemon, and simple syrup mixed with a good quality whiskey creates a refreshing and delicious drink that is perfect for any occasion.
Whether you prefer bourbon or another type of whiskey, this cocktail is sure to please. So why not mix up a Whiskey Smash and enjoy the smooth, delicious taste of whiskey in a whole new way?
11. New York Sour Cocktail
The New York Sour Cocktail is a classic whiskey sour with a twist. This cocktail is made with rye whiskey, fresh lemon juice, and simple syrup. What sets this cocktail apart is the addition of a red wine float on top, which adds a fruity and rich flavor to the sour.
The combination of whiskey and red wine might sound strange, but it’s surprisingly delicious. The cocktail is garnished with a lemon slice and a maraschino cherry, making it a beautiful and tasty drink. If you’re a fan of whiskey sours and want to try something new, the New York Sour Cocktail is definitely worth a try.
12. Cranberry Gin Cocktail
The Cranberry Gin Cocktail is a festive and fruity drink that is perfect for the holiday season. Made with cranberry juice, gin, triple sec, and a splash of ginger ale, this cocktail is a refreshing twist on the classic Vodka Cranberry.
The orange and lime garnish add a pop of color and flavor to the drink, while the fresh cranberries keep it chilled. This cocktail is easy to make and is sure to impress your guests at any holiday party. If you’re looking for a unique and delicious cocktail to serve this holiday season, the Cranberry Gin Cocktail is definitely worth a try.
13. Vanilla Whiskey Mule
The Vanilla Whiskey Mule is a winter twist on the classic Moscow Mule cocktail. The combination of Jameson whiskey and ginger ale is perfectly balanced with a touch of lemon and vanilla syrup.
The ginger ale provides a spicy kick that complements the caramel and fruity notes of the Jameson, while the vanilla syrup adds a sweet and smooth finish. This cocktail is perfect for a cozy night by the fire or for entertaining a crowd. If you’re a fan of whiskey cocktails, the Vanilla Whiskey Mule is definitely worth trying.
14. Sparkling Peach Whisky Cocktail
The Sparkling Peach Whisky Cocktail is a refreshing and light summer drink made with whisky, Creme de Peche, lemon juice, and soda water.
The addition of peach liqueur adds a fruity sweetness to the drink, while the lemon juice provides a tartness that balances out the flavors. It’s perfect for sipping on a warm summer evening and is a great alternative to heavier whisky cocktails.
15. Preservation Punch
If you’re looking for a fruity whiskey cocktail with a unique twist, look no further than Preservation Punch. This cocktail features sweet berry preserves, balanced out by the acidic kick of lemon juice and balsamic vinegar. The jam adds texture and body to the drink without overwhelming it with sweetness.
It’s a perfect drink for the transition between seasons, and is easy to make with just a few simple ingredients. Garnish with a lemon twist or some fresh berries for an extra pop of color and flavor. Trust us, this cocktail is worth trying out.
16. Strawberry Old Fashioned
The Strawberry Old Fashioned is a delightful twist on the classic Old Fashioned cocktail. Made with fresh strawberry syrup, bourbon or whiskey, and a few dashes of bitters, this fruity whiskey cocktail is perfect for summer sipping. The sweetness of the strawberry syrup complements the floral notes of the bourbon, creating a well-balanced and easy-to-sip cocktail.
If you’re not a fan of strong bourbon flavors, you can add a splash of strawberry soda or seltzer water to soften the taste. Overall, the Strawberry Old Fashioned is a must-try for anyone looking to enjoy a fruity and refreshing whiskey cocktail this summer.
17. Classic Old-Fashioned
The Classic Old-Fashioned is a timeless whiskey cocktail that has been enjoyed for generations. This simple yet sophisticated drink is made with high-quality whiskey, bitters, sugar, water, and an orange peel. The secret to its smooth and seamless flavor is the cocktail shaker, which ensures that the sugar is fully dissolved into the drink.
This drink is perfect for whiskey lovers who appreciate the taste of a quality spirit. The Classic Old-Fashioned is a must-try for anyone looking for a classic and easy-to-make cocktail that never goes out of style.
18. Whiskey Ginger Cocktail
The Whiskey Ginger Cocktail is a refreshing and simple drink that is perfect for any occasion. With only three ingredients, this cocktail is easy to make and even easier to enjoy. The combination of whiskey, ginger ale, and fresh lime juice creates a perfect balance of sweet and tart flavors that will leave your taste buds wanting more.
Whether you’re a whiskey lover or not, this cocktail is sure to please. So, if you’re looking for a fruity whiskey cocktail that’s both easy to make and delicious to drink, the Whiskey Ginger Cocktail is definitely worth a try.
19. Bourbon Whiskey Highball
The Bourbon Whiskey Highball is a classic cocktail that has been enjoyed for over a century. It is a simple yet refreshing drink made with bourbon or whiskey, soda water, and ice. The cocktail is a template that can be easily customized to create a variety of delicious cocktails.
For those who love fruity whiskey cocktails, the Blackberry Bourbon Smash is a must-try. It combines the sweetness of blackberries with the warmth of bourbon to create a perfectly balanced drink. The Bourbon Whiskey Highball is a timeless classic that is perfect for any occasion.
20. Algonquin Rye Whiskey Cocktail
The Algonquin Rye Whiskey Cocktail is a classic drink with a unique mix of rye, dry vermouth, and pineapple juice. It was named after the Algonquin Hotel in NYC and likely originated there during the 1930s. Adding an absinthe rinse or bitters can add complexity to the drink.
Using fresh pineapple juice is recommended, and garnishing with an orange peel, pineapple wedge, or edible flower can enhance the flavor. This cocktail is a must-try for those who love a fruity twist to their whiskey.
21. Peanut Butter and Jelly Cocktail
The Peanut Butter and Jelly Cocktail is a unique and nostalgic fruity whiskey cocktail that combines the sweetness of peanut butter whiskey with fresh strawberries and simple syrup. The addition of a pinch of salt enhances the flavors and gives it a slightly salty peanut taste.
It’s perfect for those who want to relive their childhood memories with a grown-up twist. The Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey used in this recipe is widely available in liquor stores and is a must-have ingredient for any peanut butter and whiskey lover.
22. Old Pal Cocktail
The Old Pal Cocktail is a classic whiskey cocktail that is a must-try for anyone who loves fruity whiskey cocktails. Made with only three ingredients – rye whiskey, Campari, and dry vermouth – this cocktail is easy to make and even easier to sip.
The spicy rye whiskey adds a kick to the cocktail, while the Campari brings in some bitterness and the dry vermouth adds a brightness to the drink. The orange twist garnish pairs perfectly with the spicy rye whiskey, making this cocktail a refreshing and delicious choice. With its rich history and simple recipe, the Old Pal Cocktail is a timeless classic that is sure to impress.
23. Sugar Plum Whiskey Smash
The Sugar Plum Whiskey Smash is a festive and fruity cocktail that is perfect for the holiday season. The combination of caramelized plums, pomegranate juice, and cranberry ginger ale creates a well-rounded sweetness that is complemented by the addition of smooth whiskey.
This cocktail is best served cold and is garnished with the caramelized plums, which add a touch of elegance to the drink. If you’re looking for a fun and unique cocktail to serve at your next holiday gathering, the Sugar Plum Whiskey Smash is definitely worth trying.
24. Delicious Chocolate Old Fashioned
If you’re looking for a unique twist on the classic old fashioned, the Delicious Chocolate Old Fashioned is a must-try. This cocktail combines the rich flavors of bourbon with the indulgent taste of chocolate, resulting in a decadent and satisfying drink. The addition of Ballotin Whiskey Original Chocolate adds a lush blend of dark chocolate notes and vanilla, caramel, and baking spice flavors to the mix.
Orange bitters provide a subtle citrusy kick that balances out the sweetness of the chocolate. The cocktail is garnished with a dried orange chip dipped in melted chocolate, adding an extra layer of indulgence to the drink. Overall, the Delicious Chocolate Old Fashioned is a perfect choice for anyone looking for a fruity and flavorful whiskey cocktail that’s sure to impress.
25. Irish Mimosa
The Irish Mimosa is a perfect cocktail for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Made with just four ingredients, this fruity whiskey cocktail is a fun twist on the classic mimosa recipe. The combination of orange juice, grapefruit juice, Jameson Irish whiskey, and Brut champagne creates a sweet and tangy flavor that is sure to please any crowd.
The use of Ruby Red grapefruit juice adds a beautiful splash of color to the drink, making it a visually appealing choice for any party. While Irish whiskey is the preferred choice for this cocktail, any type of whiskey can be used for a personalized touch. Whether you’re hosting a party or just looking for a fun way to celebrate, the Irish Mimosa is a must-try cocktail that is sure to impress.
26. The Revolver
“The Revolver” is a sophisticated cocktail that combines bourbon, coffee liqueur, and orange bitters. The addition of an orange peel adds a bright note to the drink.
This cocktail is best enjoyed in a beautiful mixing glass and is perfect for sipping in front of a fire during the colder months. Whether you’re a bourbon aficionado or just looking for a new winter cocktail to try, “The Revolver” is a must-try.
27. Green Tea Shot
The Green Tea Shot is a refreshing whiskey cocktail that is perfect for sharing with friends at any party. Despite its name, the drink does not actually contain any green tea, but instead features a combination of Jameson Irish Whiskey, Peach Schnapps, and Sour Mix.
The mixture is then topped off with a splash of sprite, lemon lime soda, or lemonade to create a sweet and sour taste with a fruity flavor. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy a crisp and light drink that is easy to sip on a hot summer day. If you’re looking for a fun and simple shot to serve at your next party, the Green Tea Shot is definitely worth a try.
The Woo-Woo is a refreshing and fruity cocktail made with vodka (which can be substituted with whiskey), peach schnapps, and pomegranate juice (or cranberry juice). It’s a perfect blend of sweet and tart flavors, making it a must-try cocktail for any occasion.
The peach schnapps adds a syrupy sweetness, while the pomegranate juice (or cranberry juice) gives it a tangy kick. Give it a try and experience the deliciousness for yourself!
29. Whiskey Soda Cocktail
The Whiskey Soda Cocktail is a perfect drink for those who want to enjoy a fruity whiskey cocktail without the overwhelming sweetness. The combination of Jameson Irish Whiskey and Avión Tequila creates a unique flavor profile that is both refreshing and smooth. The addition of 7UP, Canada Dry, and Squirt adds a subtle sweetness that complements the whiskey and tequila perfectly.
This cocktail is perfect for a rainy day get-together or any indoor event. The recipe is easy to make and can be served in large drink dispensers, making it perfect for parties. If you’re looking for a fun and refreshing whiskey cocktail, the Whiskey Soda Cocktail is a must-try.
30. The Belmont Jewel
The Belmont Jewel is a fruity whiskey cocktail that is the official drink of the Belmont Stakes. It’s made with bourbon, lemonade, and pomegranate juice, creating a sweet and tart flavor combination.
The drink is garnished with a beautiful jewel-like appearance that is sure to impress. It’s a refreshing and versatile drink that’s perfect for sipping on a hot day.
31. Limoncello Whiskey Sour Cocktail
The Limoncello Whiskey Sour Cocktail is a refreshing and fruity twist on the classic whiskey sour. Made with whiskey, limoncello, and fresh lemon juice, this cocktail is perfect for a warm spring day. The sweetness of the limoncello is balanced by the warmth of the whiskey, while the lemon juice provides a fresh finish.
Topped with club soda and garnished with a maraschino cherry and lemon wedge, this cocktail is sure to impress. If you’re looking for a fruity and flavorful whiskey cocktail, the Limoncello Whiskey Sour is definitely worth a try.