A Beginner’s Guide to Making a Whisky Mac

by Daniel Corlett

If you love a good cocktail and the flavour of whisky, why not pair the two together? 

This classic cocktail combines the rich taste of whisky with green ginger wine for a beautiful balance of warmth and spice. 

Today, we’ll guide you through the process of creating and serving your own whisky mac. Whether you’re hosting a party or a small gathering, this cocktail is bound to delight a variety of palates. 

What is a Whisky Mac?

Short for whisky MacDonald, a whisky mac is a classic drink that’s stood the test of time. 

This cocktail has a smoky and robust flavour with a sweet and spicy kick. This flavourful drink is beloved by many and is often enjoyed straight. However, it can also be served over ice to tone down its intense flavour profile. 

Ingredients and Tools

  • Whisky (bourbon, blended scotch, or single malt)
  • Green ginger wine
  • Measuring jigger
  • Mixing glass or cocktail shaker
  • Rocks glass
  • Ice 

How to Make a Whisky Mac: A Step-by-Step Guide

Once you’ve gathered your ingredients and tools, it’s time to get started on your whisky mac:

1. Measure Your Pour

Using the classic ratio, add one part whisky to one part green ginger wine to perfectly balance the flavours. 

If you desire a stronger whisky flavour, combine two parts whisky and one part ginger wine. You can add extra ginger wine to make the drink sweeter and spicier.

2. Mix the Drink

These are three methods for this. Choose the perfect one for you:

  • Straight pour method: Pour the measured whisky and green ginger wine into the serving glass for a quick and uncomplicated preparation.
  • Stirring method: Add the whisky and ginger wine to an ice-filled mixing glass. Gently stir for 10-15 seconds to cool and blend the ingredients. Strain into a serving glass, with or without ice.
  • Shaking method: If you prefer a diluted drink with some foam, combine the whisky and ginger wine in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake gently for about 10 seconds, then pour into a serving glass.

3. Serve Your Whisky Mac

Whisky Mac can be served straight (neat) for a stronger flavour or over ice for a pleasant, mellower cocktail.

Place your drink in a rock glass or an old-fashioned glass to add some sophistication to your experience. 

4. Add Optional Garnishes

To add some extra flavour, place a slice of lemon into your cocktail for a hint of citrus. This complements the ginger flavour really well.

For an extra touch of ginger, add a piece of crystallised ginger to your drink. Additionally, a thin slice of fresh ginger can enhance the spicy aroma of the drink.

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