From the outside looking in, whiskey seems like an impenetrable world. Fanatics wax poetic about the elegance of Old Fashioneds and Manhattans, while those less enthused about the spirit just sit there scratching their heads. Some people find rye’s spicy notes overwhelming, bourbon’s caramelly flavor too sweet, or can’t stand the smoky taste and smell of peaty scotch.
But whiskey is not a love it or hate it drink. You—yes, even you—can learn to like the brown liquor when mixed in the right cocktail, which can balance whiskey’s robust notes with other flavors. Here, the best whiskey cocktails for people who (think they) don’t like whiskey.