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What to Mix
With whisky

Whisky purists might tell you that the answer to the question, "What is good to mix with whisky?" is simple: nothing. And while we certainly respect their dedication to enjoying whisky in its purest form, here at Forty Creek, we embrace the power of a blend to unlock the full spectrum of flavours in our expressions.
Whisky purists might tell you that the answer to the question, "What is good to mix with whisky?" is simple: nothing. And while we certainly respect their dedication to enjoying whisky in its purest form, here at Forty Creek, we embrace the power of a blend to unlock the full spectrum of flavours in our expressions.
With our acute attention to detail, we've honed the craft of blending complex and nuanced spirits. But we also believe that our whiskies are versatile enough to be enjoyed in a variety of ways – including mixed drinks. Each mix has the potential to bring out unique notes and expressions, adding another layer of enjoyment to the whisky experience.

For those just starting their whisky journey, exploring mixes might be the perfect place to begin. It's an opportunity to discover the versatility of whisky and experiment with different flavours and combinations.

And if you're looking to learn more about enjoying whisky, be sure to check out our Beginners Guide.

Now, onto the exciting stuff – whisky cocktails! Think of them as the perfect blend of adventure and sophistication, just like us. We've got a few recipes up our sleeve that showcase the versatility of Forty Creek whiskies:

Ginger Ale vs. Ginger Beer

When it comes to mixing whisky, the choice between ginger ale and ginger beer can significantly impact the flavour profile of your cocktail. Ginger ale tends to offer a milder, sweeter taste, with a subtle hint of ginger that complements the whisky without overwhelming it. It's a popular choice, often considered a staple in many bars, cherished for its refreshing and effervescent qualities. Conversely, ginger beer delivers a more robust ginger flavour with a slightly spicier kick, adding depth and complexity to the cocktail. Whether you prefer the gentle sweetness of ginger ale or the bold spiciness of ginger beer, both options provide a delightful pairing with whisky.

Ginger Ale

Whisky and ginger ale – simple, yet satisfying. The Forty and Ginger cocktail is like a refreshing breeze on a hot summer day. Forty and Ginger Recipe

Whisky Mules: A Superior Twist on a Classic

While the Moscow Mule holds a special place in cocktail history, we firmly believe that the whisky version elevates the experience to new heights. Why, you ask? Because whisky brings a depth of flavour and complexity that vodka simply can't match. The warmth of the whisky harmonizes beautifully with the spicy ginger beer and zesty lime, resulting in a cocktail that is both invigorating and robust. It's a perfect fusion of sweet, spicy, and citrusy notes, with a generous dash of whisky goodness in every sip. So, the next time you're craving a Mule, why not opt for whisky instead? Trust us, your taste buds will thank you.

Ginger Beer

Get ready for a flavour explosion with the Spiced Canadian Mule. It's like a cozy campfire in a glass, with a kick of spice to keep things interesting. Spiced Canadian Mule Recipe
A spiced Canadian mule cocktail with Forty Creek whisky

Whisky and Soda: Choose Your Own Adventure

When it comes to what soda to mix with whisky the options are endless. Each mix offers a unique twist on the classic whisky experience. With the recent surge in craft soda production over the last few years, there's an abundance of exciting flavours to explore. From small-batch creations like those from Lake of the Woods Brewing, known for their innovative craft sodas crafted with care and attention to detail, to Toronto's own Barbet, whose artisanal sodas ship nationwide, the world of whisky mixing has never been more flavourful. Whether you're looking for traditional favorites or adventurous new blends, these craft sodas add an extra layer of excitement to your whisky cocktail repertoire, promising a memorable drinking experience with every sip.

Sugar and Bitters: The Magic of an Old Fashioned

The timeless classic revered by whisky enthusiasts worldwide. What makes this whisky cocktail so extraordinary? It's all about the delicate balance and simplicity. The blend of whisky, sugar, and bitters creates a harmonious marriage of flavours that is both refined and satisfying. The sweetness of the sugar complements the whisky's richness, while the bitters introduce depth and complexity. It's a cocktail that celebrates whisky's purity, allowing its true character to shine through with each sip. Savoring an Old Fashioned (especially one with Forty Creek whisky) is like taking a step back in time, appreciating the craftsmanship and tradition behind every meticulously crafted drink. Interested in exploring? Check out the Forty Creek version of this cocktail recipe.

The Beauty of Lemon with Whisky: The Whisky Sour

Ah, the Whisky Sour – a revered classic that has stood the test of time. What makes it so enchanting? It's all about the harmonious blend of flavours and its versatility. The tartness of fresh lemon juice perfectly offsets the whisky's richness, creating a bright and invigorating cocktail suitable for any occasion. And let's not forget about the sugar, which adds just the right amount of sweetness to round out the flavours. It's a cocktail that exudes both simplicity and sophistication, with an enduring appeal that never fails to captivate. So, go ahead, squeeze some lemons, pour yourself a dram of whisky, and mix up a Whisky Sour that will tantalize your taste buds and leave you yearning for more.

Our bespoke recipe is like a burst of citrus sunshine on a cloudy day. Whisky Sour Recipe.
A bespoke whisky sour cocktail made with Forty Creek Barrel Select whisky
At Forty Creek, we've dedicated ourselves to crafting whiskies that are rich in flavour and complexity, with each expression offering a unique journey for the palate. And while our whiskies shine when enjoyed neat, we also appreciate the endless possibilities that come with mixing them into cocktails.

When it comes to answering the question “What is Best to Mix With Whisky?”, the possibilities are endless. From the classic simplicity of a Whisky Sour to the bold flavours of a Whisky Mule, each mix brings out new dimensions and expressions in our whiskies. It's a testament to the artistry of blending and the endless creativity of cocktail culture.

So, whether you're a seasoned whisky enthusiast or just starting your journey into the world of spirits, we invite you to embrace the adventure of whisky mixing. It's an opportunity to discover new flavours, create memorable experiences, and celebrate the magic of whisky in all its forms.

Cheers to the endless possibilities, and may your whisky adventures be as bold and exciting as the whiskies themselves.

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