Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Johnnie Walker Red: A Cocktail Recipe

It's summer time with the hot weather nothing is more welcome than a refreshing cocktail. Trouble is, some recipes are so complicated that by the time you master it, it will be winter. So, I present for your consideration a simple cocktail prescription for the hot days and evenings ahead.

You will need the following: 

1 1/2 oz of Johnnie Walker Red Label

Ginger ale Soda


Angostura Aromatic Bitters 

Slice of Orange 

Whisky tumbler 

1. Pour 1 and a half oz of Johnnie Walker Red Label into your tumbler; 

2. Pour enough ginger ale soda to a little under 3/4 of the tumbler; 

3. Add three big ice cubes; 

4. A couple of dashes of Angostura Aromatic Bitters. By a couple of dashes I mean four or five heavy ones. It will noticeably darken the color of your drink. That's a good thing! 

5. Add in a slice of orange; 

6. Stir 

7. Enjoy!


Jason Debly


  1. Thanks Jason. How would Black Bottle do in this cocktail? I know Red Label and think it is a bit less smokey so I wonder how that will effect the taste. Definitely going to try in any case but wanted your opinion,

  2. Hi Jason! Your reviews are great. I don't understand why Brands like Johnnie Walker sells Black label with 40% ABV on duty free in India and all over the world but we get only 43% abv version in the market in India. Would be great if you could review the 43% version as well.

    1. I think the variation in ABV is dependent upon the Diageo's estimation of what an individual market prefers. Maybe they think 40% Johnnie Walker Black flavor profile is preferred over 43%? I believe that is the reason.

      I know a lot of people from India and they would certainly give Diageo an earful on this point.

      I will see if I can lay my hands on a bottle of the 43% Black label.

  3. Thanks Jason! Why dont you visit India and we can have as much 43% black label as you want. I read most of your reviews and do that over and over again while i am having some whisky to gather the tasting notes but it does not taste same each time. Also please take me through 'Let the whisky breathe' concept. I leave whisky in tumbler for a good 15-20 mins and then add some (because its very hot in india) ice but it tastes different each time. Am i doing anything wrong?

    1. The only time there is benefit to letting a whisky breathe is when you have a new unopened bottle. Pour the whisky and let it sit for 5 or 10 minutes and there may be some benefit to that practice in the sense that some whiskies are initially sharp and even astringent and oxidation will smooth out the rough edges. Certainly when you return to it in a week or so the oxidation within the bottle will soften some whiskies. Generally this is the case with whiskies having an ABV of 40%. High ABV whiskies 45% and up don't change much as a result of oxidation for quite a while till maybe the bottle is half full.

      I totally understand adding ice to whisky in a hot clime. I was in Jamaica and ice was a must.


  4. Come on Jason! It is Labor Day (well, it is here in US anyway) so summer is over & Autumn is upon us! Must be already feeling it there in Canada, eh? I keep stopping by but nothing new. I fear GERD has gotten to you but maybe you are just out having fun, making the most of it. Sure hope the latter is the case. Slainte!

    1. Oh I have been lazy, and started a new job, plus vacation, etc, but will post this week. Thanks for commenting!