Cold Comfort Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Cold Comfort cocktail is a modern creation, inspired by the classic whiskey sour. It combines the warmth of whiskey with the refreshing flavors of citrus and mint. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy a balance of sweet and sour flavors, with a hint of herbal freshness. It is a popular choice among whiskey enthusiasts and cocktail connoisseurs alike.

How Cold Comfort Tastes?

The Cold Comfort cocktail has a well-balanced taste, with a combination of sweet, sour, and herbal notes. The whiskey provides a warm, smooth base, while the lemon juice adds a tangy, refreshing element. The simple syrup brings a touch of sweetness, and the mint leaves contribute a cool, fresh finish.

Interesting facts about Cold Comfort

  • The Cold Comfort cocktail is a modern twist on the classic whiskey sour, incorporating mint for an added layer of flavor and freshness.
  • This cocktail is versatile and can be enjoyed year-round, as it combines the warmth of whiskey with the refreshing flavors of citrus and mint.
  • The name 'Cold Comfort' is a play on words, as the cocktail provides both a comforting warmth from the whiskey and a cooling sensation from the mint.



The soul of the cocktail—2oz whiskey brings a warming, robust base. If we skimp on the whiskey, we'd lose its noble embrace, and if we overdo it, the cocktail tyrannically becomes a whiskey slap in the face. Whiskey's notes dance perfectly with mint and lemon.

Emma Rose

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice (a zesty 1oz) offers a citrus punch that awakens the tastebuds and balances the sweetness of the syrup. Too little, and the cocktail loses its edge; too much, and you're puckering more than a granny at a kissing booth!

Alex Green

Simple Syrup

The sweet whisper in the symphony—0.5oz simple syrup—is just enough to harmonize with the tartness of lemon without turning the drink into a sugar rush on the rocks.

Mary Mitkina

Mint Leaves

The 6 mint leaves are the ribbon on the present, infusing a refreshing crispness that makes you think of spring afternoons and mysterious gardens. With fewer leaves, you might as well call it a stiff breeze instead of a minty gust!

Emma Rose

Fresh Ice

And of course, 1 cup of fresh ice. It chills the soul and the cocktail while not diluting the character too quickly. Underestimate ice at your peril, as a warm cocktail is about as comforting as a cold handshake.

Alex Green


Finally, a sprig of mint to garnish, because drinking should please the eyes as much as the palate—plus, it makes for a smelling-good, looking-good first impression on each sip.

Mary Mitkina

Recipe. How to make Cold Comfort Drink

  1. In a shaker, combine the following ingredients:

    • 2oz whiskey

    • 1oz lemon juice

    • 0.5oz simple syrup

    • 6 mint leaves

  2. Fill the shaker with fresh ice and shake vigorously for 15-20 seconds.

  3. Strain the mixture into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice.

  4. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

Pro Tips

  • Shake the cocktail well to ensure the mint leaves infuse their flavor.
  • Use fresh lemon juice for the best taste.
  • Chill your glass before serving for an extra refreshing experience.

Perfect Pairings


  • Charcuterie boards: Rich meats and cheeses can complement the whiskey while the cocktail's acidity and minty freshness cut through the fat.
  • Grilled shrimp: The lemon in the drink echoes the common citrus accompaniment to seafood.

Main Courses

  • Barbecue dishes: The smoky flavors of grilled meats blend nicely with the whiskey base.
  • Roasted vegetables: A light healthy option to pair with the refreshing qualities of the cocktail.


  • Lemon tarts: Mirror the citrus notes in the cocktail.
  • Chocolate mints: Echoes the mint and adds sweetness that will contrast with the tartness.

Non-Alcoholic Pairings

  • Sparkling water with a wedge of lemon or lime: Keeps the palate cleansed between sips.

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What you could change in Cold Comfort

  • Whiskey: Can be substituted with bourbon or rye.
  • Lemon Juice: Lime juice can be used for a different citrus twist.
  • Mint Leaves: Basil can be used for a unique flavor profile.

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Smoke & Spice

  • Ingredients: 2oz smoked whiskey, 1oz lemon juice, 0.5oz honey syrup, 2 dashes of bitters, 6 mint leaves, fresh ice, and chili garnish.

  • Recipe: Use smoked whiskey for a campfire twist and honey syrup for earthiness. Add a couple dashes of bitters to deepen the flavor profile. Shake it like a Polaroid picture and strain into a rocks glass. Spice up your life (and your drink) with a chili garnish.

  • Flavor: Deep smoky notes will engulf your senses, with a hint of spice to kick things up a notch. The honey rounds out the sharp edges for a smooth finish. Perfect for those who like to play with fire in their glass.

The Orchard Stroll

  • Ingredients: 2oz apple whiskey, 1oz lemon juice, 0.5oz maple syrup, 6 mint leaves, fresh ice, apple slice garnish.

  • Recipe: Swap traditional whiskey for apple whiskey and simple syrup for maple syrup. Shake it well, pour over ice, and garnish with a crisp apple slice.

  • Flavor: Like a walk through an orchard, the apple whiskey and maple syrup bring an autumnal twist to each sip, creating a delightful balance between sweet, tart, and minty undernotes.

Herbal Remedy

  • Ingredients: 2oz gin, 1oz lemon juice, 0.5oz simple syrup, 6 basil leaves, fresh ice, basil sprig garnish.

  • Recipe: Switch out whiskey for gin and mint for basil. Shake the botanical concoction and serve over ice, crowning it with a sprig of basil.

  • Flavor: A more herbaceous twist, with the gin's botanicals mingling with basil for a cocktail that could cure the blues or at least make you forget about them for a while.

In case you forgot basics how to make Cold Comfort

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Cold Comfort

What type of whiskey should I use for the Cold Comfort cocktail?

You can use any type of whiskey that you prefer. Traditionally, a high-quality bourbon or rye whiskey would be used. The choice of whiskey could significantly change the flavor profile of the cocktail.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Cold Comfort cocktail?

Yes, for a non-alcoholic version, you can substitute the whiskey with a non-alcoholic distilled spirit, while the rest of the recipe remains the same.

How can I enhance the flavor of the Cold Comfort cocktail?

Try muddling the mint leaves in the shaker before adding the other ingredients. This will help to release the essential oils from the mint, creating a more pronounced mint flavor in the cocktail.

What other garnishes can be used for the Cold Comfort cocktail?

While a sprig of mint is traditional, you can experiment with other garnishes like a slice of lemon, a cherry, or even a cinnamon stick for a unique twist.

Can I batch-make the Cold Comfort cocktail for a party?

Absolutely. Simply multiply the ingredient measurements by the number of servings you want to make. Remember to adjust the amount of ice and garnish accordingly.

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