For Whisky Month in May we have chosen some popular whisky cocktails and also a couple of our distillery favbourie served on and off the rocks! The whisky in the cocktail recipes below are a suggestion and can be swapped for a brand of your choice.
Enjoy Scotland's national tipple, it is a personal choice and there is no right or wrong way to enjoy the whisky. Some of the experts may say you should not add a mixer , water or ice to a single malt as it distorts the flavours and notes in the drink. We have tried a few malts and
- 50ml Whisky
- 35ml Fresh lemon/lime juice
- Fresh egg white
- 15ml 2:1 sugar syrup
- 2-3 Dashes Angostura bitters
- 1 Cherry and orange / lemon slice
Combine the whisky, freshly squeezed lemon and lime juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice, cover, and shake for about 20-30 seconds. Pour the cocktail mix through a strainer over ice into a short glass. Garnish with orange or lemon slice and cherry.
Equipment: Shaker | Strainer | Short glass
The Manhattan was the most famous cocktail in the world just after it was invented in New York City’s Manhattan Club in the 1880s.
- 50ml Whisky (your choice)
- 25ml Sweet vermouth
- 2-3 Dashes Angostura bitter
- 1 Dash orange bitter
- Cherry and or lime slice to garnish
Add whisky, sweet vermouth and both bitters to a cocktail shaker with ice, and stir until well-chilled. Pour through a strain into a cocktail class and garnish with a cherry and slice of lime.
Equipment: Shaker | Strainer | Cocktail Glass
This cocktail is traditionally served in an old fashioned glass, which predated the cocktail and was invented in Luisville Kentucky.
- 60ml Whisky
- 1-2 Dashes Angostura bitters
- 2 tsp sugar syrup or 1 tsp granulated sugar
- Splash of water and soda water if required
- Orange slice and cherry for garnish
If using granulated sugar add 1 teaspoon of water, then stir until the sugar dissolves. or use a splash (1 tsp) of simple syrup instead and then mix it with the bitters before adding ice and whisky. Pour over ice and garnish with a cherry and slice of orange. Adding a splash of soda water is optional.
Equipment: Shaker | Strainer | Short Glass
Cold Mint Julep
Whisky cocktail served over crushed ice and topped with fresh mint.
- 60ml Whisky
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 8-10 Mint leaves (adjust to taste)
- Sparkling water
Muddle the mint leaves, sugar, and splash of water in a glass tumbler or julep cup. Add the whisky, sparkling water, and fill glass with crushed ice and stir. Garnish with fresh mint.
Equipment: High Ball Glass | Jigger | Spoon