Refreshing Whiskey Swirl Cocktail Recipe

Even though this Whiskey Swirl is a whiskey forward cocktail, the sodas lighten it up. Grapefruit soda and ginger ale make this a refreshing beverage.

One November, a couple weeks before Thanksgiving, I was trying to come up with a new beverage for our annual feast. We usually host 30 people, family and friends, for this event; it’s my favorite holiday.

Whiskey Swirl Cocktail with Jack Daniels and limes in the background.

Since we were in the Fall season I wanted to use whiskey in the new cocktail. After playing around with a few mixers, Squirt (grapefruit soda) and ginger ale were the best additions.

How I Make the Whiskey Swirl

Using one part whiskey (your choice, any type will work) and one part each of Squirt and ginger ale gave the best flavor. I added a little squeeze of fresh lime as well. The two mixers make the drink fresh and light. You can also adjust the proportions of the two sodas to your own taste preferences.

This cocktail can be a year round favorite by muddling some mint leaves for an even more refreshing summer sip.

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And if you’re looking for some guidance on whiskey, check out my Scotch whisky tasting.

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Whiskey Swirl

Even though this Whiskey Swirl is made with whiskey the sodas lighten it up; some grapefruit soda and ginger ale make this a refreshing cocktail.
Prep Time5 mins
Course: Cocktail, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Whiskey Swirl
Servings: 1 or more
Author: Phil


  • 1 part whiskey , rye, bourbon, Scotch or Irish will all work
  • 1 part Squirt® (grapefruit soda)
  • 1 part ginger ale
  • 2 to 3 squeezes fresh lime juice, to your taste


  • Grab an old-fashioned or highball glass (depends on how large a cocktail you want)
  • Add some ice, then the ingredients, and stir
  • Then add an extra squeeze of lime juice on top.
  • Cheers!


Gr8 Tip:

You can also substitute in rum, but I prefer whiskey for my taste. The whiskey adds much more depth of flavor.
Also, you can muddle in some fresh mint at the beginning, especially if using rum.

Gr8 Household Bar Tip:

Save the nicer cork stoppers from your single malt whiskeys, ryes, bourbons, tequilas, etc. Use them to cork left over wines, they seal better and are much easier to remove. Just be sure to select one that fits snugly.
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  1. Bela | 16th Jun 15

    Love this dad! Yum!!!!

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