The Frisky Whiskey Cocktail

The Frisky Whiskey Cocktail

Nov 28, 2022Johnna Rossbach

There's nothing quite as tempting as a delicious cocktail that just begs you to take a sip. The Frisky Whiskey Cocktail is one such drink, combining the smoothness of Irish whiskey with the sweetness of honey liqueur and orange juice.

Frisky Whiskey Cocktail

This recipe is easy to follow and results in a perfect drink for any occasion. Whether you're hosting a party or simply enjoying an evening at home, this cocktail is sure to please!

Let's get started!

Frisky Whiskey Cocktail Ingredients

First of all, hats off to bartender Allen Katz for conjuring up this frisky whiskey cocktail. Katz is a bartender who founded the New York Distilling Company and crafted this libation while at The Shanty Bar in New York City.

The frisky whiskey cocktail calls for an array of unconventional ingredients: Irish whiskey, Barenjager honey liqueur, orange juice, simple syrup, and Angostura bitters. These ingredients are easy to track down, but one of them may be a bit unfamiliar.

Yes, we're talking about the Barenjager honey liqueur. Here's what you need to know:

What is Barenjager Honey Liqueur?

Bärenjäger, a honey-flavored liqueur made in Germany, is a neutral grain spirit and natural honey blend. Its unique combination of spices and other natural ingredients gives it great appeal for bartenders and drinkers worldwide.

It's a delicious, honey-forward modifier that truly shines in the frisky whiskey cocktail!

Substitutes for Barenjager Honey Liqueur

If you can't find the honey and spice liqueur at your local liquor store, don't worry. There are plenty of substitutes out there.

You can whip up a quick and easy honey syrup at home for the DIY fans out there. All you need to do is boil one cup of water, lower the heat, and stir in one cup of honey. Let it simmer until the two ingredients are well combined, making sure to stir consistently. Take it off the heat and let it cool before use.

Substitutes for Barenjager Honey Liqueur

To take the two-ingredient honey syrup up a notch, you can add spices to mimic Barenjager's flavors better. Add in an orange peel, two sticks of cinnamon, one teaspoon of whole cloves, and three cups of vodka along with water and honey mentioned above. Follow the exact heating instructions but be sure to scrape off any foam that starts to rise. Once the mix cools, strain and discard the orange peel and spices.

If you're not interested in creating a honey syrup, other brands can replace the Barenjager honey liqueur. Here are our top recommendations:

  • Krupnik
  • The Dubliner
  • Honey Mead
  • Honey Bourbon
  • Cascabel Honey Liqueur
  • Canyero Ron Miel

Remaining Ingredients: Whiskey, Simple Syrup, Orange Juice & Bitters

The remaining alcoholic ingredient is Irish whiskey, a type of whiskey produced in Ireland, and it's known for being smooth and easy to drink.

When it comes to choosing a brand, there are many great options. The frisky whiskey cocktail does not specify a particular brand. However, we recommend using Jameson Irish Whiskey for this recipe.

The orange juice, simple syrup, and Angostura bitters are probably located within your local grocery store. You can also make your own simple syrup by dissolving sugar in hot water. And if your grocery store doesn't carry Angostura bitters, your local liquor store certainly will.

A quick side note: If you're interested in learning more about Angostura bitters and what they are, check out our guide, "Cocktail Bitters 101."

Now back to frisky whiskey cocktail time!

Frisky Whiskey Cocktail Recipe

Now that you've gathered all the ingredients you need let's get to the recipe!

Ingredients & Measurements:

  • 1oz Irish Whiskey
  • 1oz Barenjager honey liqueur
  • 1oz Orange juice
  • 0.25 Simple Syrup
  • 2 Dashes of Angostura bitters


Simply add all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Next, add ice and shake vigorously. Once everything is well-combined, strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice and enjoy.

You can also add a splash of soda water on top for a hint of bubbly refreshment!

Frisky Whiskey Pro Tip

If you're using fresh-squeezed orange juice or any type of orange juice containing pulp, double-strain the cocktail with a fine mesh strainer. Not sure what that is? Head on over to our bartender kit guide to learn all you need to know. We've got your mixology essentials covered!

Frisky Whiskey Cocktail Nutrition & ABV

Thanks to Difford's Guide review of the frisky whiskey cocktail, we have access to its calorie count and alcohol content. According to their report, the drink has 94 calories and sits at 14.62% alcohol by volume (ABV), otherwise known as 29.24 proof.

Additionally, it scored right in the middle of the guide's gentle and boozy scale and sweet and sour ranking. It sounds like a well-rounded libation, don't you think?

The Frisky Whiskey Lemonade

The frisky whiskey cocktail is delicious and an easy fan favorite of imbibers and whiskey lovers. As a matter of fact, the cocktail is so popular that it's now found in canned cocktail form, but with a twist. 88 East Beverage Company came out with their own variation, the Frisky Whiskey Lemonade.

The Frisky Whiskey Lemonade contains 8% ABV, with ingredients listed simply as premium whiskey and lemonade.

Frisky Whiskey Cocktail & Mixly

The Mixly crew enjoys the frisky whiskey cocktail so much we had to jump in on the trend!

The Rosemary Lemon Honey Mixer is the perfect ingredient to streamline your cocktail making. It also elicits similar flavors as the original frisky whiskey cocktail but with its own unique and herbaceous spin. The mix contains orange and honey, just like the original recipe, but the hint of rosemary adds another layer of delicious flavor.


rosemary-lemon-honey mixly mixer


To make the Mixly variation, follow the steps below.



Add the whiskey and Mixly mixer into a glass with ice. Give it a quick stir and top off with club soda. It's as simple as that. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary. You can also add a dash or two of Angostura bitters if you're looking for a deeper hint of warm spice flavor. Enjoy!

The Bottom Line

The Frisky Whiskey Cocktail is an irresistible drink perfect for any occasion. Give it a try today!

If you're looking for something like the Frisky Whiskey Cocktail or want to ramp up your whiskey cocktail knowledge, be sure to check out these easy whiskey cocktail recipes for simple drink mixing at home.


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