Whiskey Daisy Cocktail Recipe

Whiskey Daisy cocktail

The Spruce Eats / Julia Hartbeck

Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
190 Calories
0g Fat
8g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 190
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 10mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 4mg 22%
Calcium 36mg 3%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 35mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The whiskey daisy is a classic whiskey cocktail that has long been a favorite among whiskey lovers and cocktail enthusiasts. It is an easy recipe that uses just a few ingredients and it is a perfect cocktail for any occasion.

The daisy cocktail is a true classic when it comes to the thousands of cocktail recipes that we have known and loved over the years. There are many daisies and they differ from one another because of the base spirit used. In the case of the whiskey daisy, that base is obviously going to be whiskey but precisely which whiskey to use, well, that is another question.

You can use either rye and bourbon whiskey in the whiskey daisy and those two styles alone have many diverse options to choose from. The orange liqueur gives it a nice complexity, while the lemon and syrup bring it all together.

The daisy is also topped with just a little club soda, so it is a little more refreshing than some of the other classic cocktails.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients to make a whiskey daisy cocktail

    The Spruce Eats / Julia Hartbeck

  2. Pour the liquors, juice, and syrup into a cocktail shaker. Add ice.

    A cocktail shaker with liquor and ice

    The Spruce Eats / Julia Hartbeck

  3. Shake vigorously.

    A hand shaking a cocktail shaker

    The Spruce Eats / Julia Hartbeck

  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and top with a splash of soda water.

    Whiskey daisy cocktail

    The Spruce Eats / Julia Hartbeck

More Tips for Making a Great Whiskey Daisy

Top-shelf and fresh ingredients are going to make a better whiskey daisy, and it is important to keep this in mind with every decision you make on the ingredients. Though don't let that scare you from trying this iconic drink, it's not hard to make good choices here.

The whiskey is probably the most complicated and we have already discussed that rye whiskey or bourbon will be great choices. Within those styles, opt for a premium brand because this is the base of the drink and will guide the entire flavor profile.

For the orange liqueur, one with a brandy base, such as Grand Marnier, adds depth to the drink and makes it more interesting than a daisy made with triple sec or curaçao.

Fresh lemon juice and homemade simple syrup should be requirements. The bottled (easy-squeeze) lemon juices are simply too tart and will throw off the drink's balance.

Homemade syrup is recommended for another reason: it's cheaper. Plain and simple, once you learn how easy and inexpensive it is to make your own simple syrup, you will never purchase a bottle at the liquor store again.

In this recipe, it is not as important to be picky about the soda. A splash is all that is needed and is there to add a little sparkle so feel free to use any soda. Just make sure it's fresh and still has great carbonation otherwise you are just adding more water to the daisy and that is pointless.

More About the Daisy Family of Cocktails

As mentioned above, the daisy is a style of cocktail and even though the base distilled spirit is swapped from one recipe to another, it does have common characteristics.

Almost every daisy will require an orange liqueur, a citrus juice (either lemon or lime), simple syrup, and a splash of club soda.

You can use this universal formula to interpret almost any daisy recipe, so when someone asks for a gin daisy or a brandy daisy you have a general idea of how to make it. That said, the popular brandy daisy does include rum as well, but you get the idea.

How Strong Is the Whiskey Daisy?

Many dark orange liqueurs are 80 proof and that is standard for whiskey as well. When you pour those two spirits, the Whiskey Daisy is about average for finished cocktails and weighs in at right around 22 percent ABV (44 proof).