Whiskey Daisy 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 Whiskey Daisy is a classic cocktail that dates back to the late 19th century. It was first mentioned in Jerry Thomas' 1862 book, 'How to Mix Drinks'. The Daisy is a family of cocktails that typically include a base spirit, citrus juice, and a sweetener. Whiskey Daisy is a popular variation that uses whiskey as the base spirit. This cocktail is often enjoyed by whiskey enthusiasts and those who appreciate a well-balanced, refreshing drink.

How Whiskey Daisy Tastes?

The Whiskey Daisy has a well-rounded flavor profile, featuring a harmonious blend of sweet, sour, and strong elements. The whiskey provides a robust, warming foundation, while the lemon juice adds a zesty, tangy brightness. The simple syrup and grenadine contribute a subtle sweetness that balances the drink without overpowering the other flavors.

Interesting facts about Whiskey Daisy

  • The Daisy family of cocktails is believed to have originated in the United States in the mid-19th century.
  • The word 'daisy' is derived from the Old English word 'dægeseage', meaning 'day's eye', which is a reference to the sun-like appearance of the cocktail when garnished with a lemon wheel or an orange slice.
  • The Whiskey Daisy was a popular drink during the Prohibition era, as it helped to mask the harsh taste of bootleg whiskey.



Why 2 oz?: It's the backbone of our cocktail; less might leave you asking, "Where's the whiskey?" and more might turn your daisy into a thistle. Without it, you've got a sweet soda pop on your hands.

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Lemon Juice

Why 1 oz?: This is our tart, bright note – the yang to whiskey's yin. Skip it, and your cocktail is dull and cloyingly sweet. Feeling adventurous? Try swapping with lime juice for a zesty twist.

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Simple Syrup

Why 0.5 oz?: It's the diplomat here, balancing the sourness of the lemon. Less and your puckered lips won't forgive you; more and it's syrupy-sweet overkill.

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Why 0.25 oz?: Our sweet little gem adds color and a hint of fruity depth; too much, though, and you're on a fast train to Kiddie Cocktailville.

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Club Soda

Why 1 oz?: It's the lifter, the bubbler, the sparkler – without it, the drink just lies flat. You want a bit of fizz to keep things lively.

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Orange Slice, Lemon Wheel, Maraschino Cherry

Why these garnishes?: They're the finishing touch that says, "I'm not just tasty, I look fabulous too!" A cocktail without a proper garnish is like a joke without a punchline – technically complete but missing the sparkle.

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Recipe. How to make Whiskey Daisy Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add the whiskey, lemon juice, simple syrup, and grenadine to the shaker.
  3. Shake well until chilled and combined.
  4. Strain the mixture into a glass filled with fresh ice.
  5. Top with club soda.
  6. Garnish with an orange slice, lemon wheel, and maraschino cherry.

Pro Tips

  • Use high-quality whiskey for the best flavor.
  • Chill the glass before pouring the cocktail to keep it cold longer.
  • Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously to properly mix the ingredients and chill the drink.

Perfect Pairings


  • Charcuterie Board: The salty and savory flavors of cured meats will complement the sweet and sour notes of the cocktail.
  • Smoked Salmon Canapés: The richness of the salmon is balanced out by the bright acidity of the whiskey daisy.

Main Courses

  • Grilled Chicken: Its neutral flavor acts as a perfect canvas for the complex flavors of the cocktail.
  • BBQ Ribs: The sweetness from the bbq sauce pairs nicely with the fruity notes of the grenadine.


  • Lemon Tart: The citrus notes in both the tart and the cocktail create a harmonious combination.
  • Chocolate Fondue: The contrast between the bitterness of the chocolate and the sweetness of the cocktail makes for a delightful pairing.

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What you could change in Whiskey Daisy

  • Whiskey: Can be substituted with bourbon or rye.
  • Simple syrup: Can be substituted with honey or agave syrup.
  • Grenadine: Can be substituted with a dash of cherry or pomegranate juice.

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Bourbon Daisy

  • Swap the whiskey for bourbon.
  • Add a dash of Angostura bitters.
  • Replace 0.5 oz of simple syrup with maple syrup. The result is a richer, slightly sweeter Daisy, with a complex profile that bourbon lovers will savor.

Smoky Daisy

  • Use a smoky Scotch instead of whiskey.
  • Add a barspoon of honey syrup.
  • Garnish with a twist of grapefruit peel. It's a mysterious variation that will make you feel like you're sipping by the fireside, even if you're at the bar.

Berry Daisy

  • Use rye whiskey for a spicier kick.
  • Replace grenadine with raspberry syrup.
  • Float a few fresh raspberries on top for garnish. This twist brings a berry noted symphony to the original Daisy, lifting summer nights to delightful new heights.

In case you forgot basics how to make Whiskey Daisy

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 Whiskey Daisy

What type of whiskey works best for a Whiskey Daisy?

Any high-quality whiskey would work, however, a smooth and slightly sweet bourbon gives the best results.

Can I use lime juice instead of lemon juice?

Yes, lime juice can be used for a different flavor profile but the cocktail will taste distinctively different.

What should I do if I don't have club soda?

You can omit it, or replace with tonic water or any lightly flavored carbonated water.

How should I store leftover Whiskey Daisy cocktail?

It's best to consume it immediately. However, it can be refrigerated for a few hours if needed, but its quality may decrease.

What type of glassware is best for serving this cocktail?

A rocks glass or an old-fashioned glass is traditionally used for Whiskey Daisy.

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