if you don't like martini's...
I love whiskey, there I said it. I love 7 & 7, whiskey sours, jack & diet coke, jack & ginger, crown royal & soda etc...Sometimes when we go out, my friends chuckle at my drink request. They all drink martini's and think I need to "grow up" with my choice of cocktails. I can't stand gin or vodka, so I'm not ordering a martini!! I don't know much about spirits, so please educate me and give me ideas for something to order the next time I go out...
When you say crown & soda, do you mean club soda or 7-up/Sprite? If the former, then you are okay with the taste of the whiskey, so you can start to branch out with other whiskey based non-sweet cocktails such as an Old fashioned or a Manhattan. If you are interested in trying a Martini type of cocktail made with whiskey, try a dry manhattan. take a good bourbon( I geberally use Woodford or Knob Creek for this drink) and put 3 oz in a pitcher of ice. add 1 oz dry vermouth( Vya is the best, but Noilly Pratt or Martini & Rossi or Stock all are fine). Stir briskly untill the outside of the pitcher starts to frost or condense. Strain into a Martini glass and garnish with either a lemon twist or an olive. (The inquiry of this choice from a bartender can lead to an amusing misunderstanding regarding the relevance of Dickens' young character, but that's another story.) This is a real grownup drink and no vodka or gin is injured in its preparation
How about a Sidecar, its served in a cocktail glass so your friends may see it in a better light. The recipe I enjoy is:
4 parts Cognac
2 parts Cointreau
1 part lemon juice
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
The fruitiness of the lemon juice and Cointreau (orange flavored liqueur) blend wonderfully with the cognac.