There are several varieties of whiskey itself including rye, bourbon, and Scotch yet for the Canadian whiskey, Crown Royal, there are many varieties for the one brand.
From a signature series to the master series and even a flavor series. Many of these cocktails simply use the regular brand yet some may use a flavored one to get the most out of the mixer.
If you do want to try to recreate most of these cocktails then you would be wise to get a regular bottle of Crown Royal as well as another flavored variety.
In this guide, we will detail 17 simple and delicious Crown Royal cocktails. There is also a bonus section dedicated to whiskeys and mixers.
What Is Crown Royal?
The whiskey known as Crown Royal, or Seagram’s Crown Royal, is a whiskey blend that originates from a place called Gimli, in the Canadian province of Manitoba.
The bottling and blending process actually takes place in another facility in the town of Amherstburg in the state of Ontario. The whiskey itself is popular in Canada and can boast of being the top-selling Canadian whiskey in the US.
The whiskey’s direct origin comes from 1939 when the English King and Queen visited Canada. To mark the occasion, Canada created a whiskey blend from 50 whiskeys which became Crown Royal.
The whiskey remained in Canada and was not exported until 1964, since then it has done well south of the border in the US.
In terms of taste, this is a rich and flavorful whiskey that works great with other components. For that taste, around 10,000 bushels of corn, rye, and barley from Manitoba and the surrounding areas are used every day in the whiskey’s production.
The whiskey is also known for its gold lettering and royal velvet purple bag which are swift markers of the brand. Thanks to the distillation process, this is a clean whiskey that can be a superb addition to other ingredients for a range of cocktails.
To get the most out of this Old Fashioned, you should use Crown Royal Fine De Luxe for that extra indulgence.
Use a mixing glass to combine one part of simple syrup with four parts of whiskey and throw in a couple of dashes of Angostura bitters. Stir and then strain the mixture into a rocks glass with some fresh ice and an orange twist garnish.
With just four ingredients, you can create a flavorful cocktail using Crown Royal. Throw some ice into a cocktail shaker and add one part each of honey syrup and freshly squeezed lemon juice to two parts Crown Royal.
Give it a shake then strain into a rocks glass with some fresh ice before adding a dash of Angostura bitters, you can even add a lemon twist for a garnish.
With peach schnapps and cranberry juice, you can create a deliciously fruity cocktail using Crown Royal.
Fill your cocktail shaker with ice then add one and a half ounces each of Crown Royal and cranberry juice with an ounce of peach schnapps.
Shake vigorously then strain into a glass over ice. For garnishes, you can use two maraschino cherries or a twist of orange peel.
4. Apple Bomb
The Apple Bomb is a cocktail packed full of fruity flavor and you only need a couple of juices for mixers. Combine one and a half ounces of Crown Royal Apple with three ounces of pineapple juice and an ounce of cranberry juice.
Shake vigorously then strain into an ice-filled glass.
With just two flavors of Crown Royal whiskey, you can create the flavor of an apple pie in a drink. Simply combine equal parts Crown Royal Vanilla with Crown Royal Apple and sip to savor the taste or take it as a shot.
This cocktail recipe will need to be prepared the night before but it is well worth it. Combine three cups of Crown Royal Apple with half a gallon of apple cider in a large freezer-proof container.
Freeze overnight then scoop into glasses and garnish with some freshly sliced apple. You may want to give it a few minutes for some easy scooping and even provide spoons.
7. Bad Apple
Despite the name, this isn’t a bad cocktail recipe at all, especially if you need some tasty shots to get the party started. Add an ounce of Crown Royal Apple to a mixing glass full of ice then add half an ounce of cinnamon schnapps.
Shake it together then strain into a single shot glass.
8. Apple Crown
Another Crown Royal Apple recipe is this smartly named Apple Crown. Fill your cocktail glass with ice and then add one and a half ounces of Crown Royal Apple with three ounces of lemon-lime soda and two ounces of cranberry juice.
Stir it together and add a few fresh slices of apple for a garnish.
Peaches and cream are a delicious combination and work really well in this cocktail (see also ‘24 Delicious Peach Cocktails You Simply Have To Try‘). Half-fill a cocktail shaker with ice then pour in an ounce of Crown Royal Peach with one and a half ounces of peach schnapps then shake vigorously.
Add some ice to a glass then strain the mixture and top with cream soda.
Cherries and cola really do well together and with Crown Royal you can use those flavors in a Whiskey Cherry Coke Smash.
Dice one a quarter cups of pitted cherries and place in a mixing glass to muddle with four ounces of Crown Royal and a teaspoon of sugar to create a pulp.
Shake the mixture together vigorously then strain into glasses to top off with collar and garnish with even more cherries.
11. Crown Royal Sour
Of course, as this is a whiskey, you can create a sour from Crown Royal though this one comes without the foam or the egg white.
Half-fill a cocktail shaker with ice then add two parts of Crown Royal with one part each of simple syrup and freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Shake vigorously then pour (including the ice) into a glass. Garnish with a pair of skewered maraschino cherries and enjoy.
For a tart and moreish cocktail, try a Crown Royal Red Snapper. In a highball glass filled with ice, combine one and a quarter ounce of Crown Royal with a quarter ounce of Amaretto liqueur and six ounces of cranberry juice.
Stir it together then garnish with a twist of orange peel.
13. Crown Mule
You can even use Crown Royal for your own variation on a Moscow Mule. Add two parts of Crown Royal Vanilla to a cocktail shaker with ice and add one part of freshly squeezed lime juice.
Shake it then strain it into an ice-filled copper mug then top up with ginger beer. Add a lime wedge for a garnish.
14. Crown Smash
By muddling mint leaves with sugar and lemon pieces then adding whiskey, you can make a delicious cocktail. You only need eight mint leaves, a tablespoon of sugar, and half a lemon with two ounces of Crown Royal.
Shake all that vigorously then strain into an Old Fashioned glass with crushed ice and a mint sprig.
Peaches and lemonade work well together too. Throw some ice into a whiskey glass and add in one and a half ounces of Crown Royal Peach. Top the mixture off with Sprite (see also ‘20 Delicious Sprite Cocktail Recipes‘), stir, and add a squeeze of either lemon or lime juice.
With Salted Caramel Crown Royal, you can create a truly delectable cocktail. Mix together equal parts of the whiskey with coffee liqueur and four parts of milk or cream. Serve over ice and enjoy.
17. Crown Manhattan
Just like any whiskey, you can create a Manhattan using Crown Royal. Throw some ice into a cocktail shaker then add two and a half ounces of Crown Royal with an ounce of sweet vermouth and three dashes of Angostura bitters.
Shake it up and strain it into a chilled martini glass with a pair of maraschino cherries.
Bonus: The Whiskey And Mixers
Some cocktails do not need to be complicated to still impress. With such a versatile whiskey as Crown Royal, you can simply add a single ingredient and come up with a delicious drink.
That could be cola, ginger ale, or cranberry juice with Crown Royal Apple.
For a simple yet deliciously effective cocktail, simply mix Crown Royal with cola. Just ensure you get the ratio correct of one part Crown Royal to two parts cola.
You can change the ratio to make it stronger and even add some freshly squeezed lemon juice for a little twist.
A bottle of Apple-flavored Crown Royal can simply go with some cranberry juice for a delicious cocktail. Fill up a cocktail glass with ice and add one measure of Apple Crown Royal.
Top it off with either cranberry juice or cranberry apple juice and add some freshly cut apple slices for a garnish.
For a somewhat fiery cocktail, simply combine Crown Royal with ginger ale.
Add some ice to a whiskey glass and then add a measure of Crown Royal. Swirl it around, top up with ginger ale then combine by stirring while you add a fresh squeeze of lime juice.
Some of these cocktails are so simple, you will want a bottle of Crown Royal whiskey on your shelf at all times. If you want a simple drink with little effort, simply add a mixer like cola or ginger ale.
For more complex flavor combinations, you may need a cocktail shaker, some citrus fruits, and some maraschino cherries.
Whiskey cocktails are rising in popularity so if you want to create a Whiskey Sour, a Manhattan, or an Old Fashioned then you can do so with Crown Royal.
The flavored versions of the whiskey also offer even more versatility, especially the apple variety which can become highly effective for cocktails in fall.
Depending on the mixer, you can create a range of cocktails so you may be advised to stock up on some pineapple juice, cranberry juice, and even cream for a Salted Caramel White Russian.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should You Drink Crown Royal Neat?
While Crown Royal works great as a whiskey for cocktails, it can also be impressive when drunk neat. This is largely down to the distillation process that produces a clean and pure whiskey.
Use a clear glass and pour in a finger or two of whiskey, an ice cube can work well in this form too.
Must You Refrigerate Crown Royal?
You may be expected to leave vodka in the freezer yet Crown Royal can be served at room temperature. It is a whiskey that can be chilled, especially if you are already pouring a cocktail over ice.