Scottish Whisky Cocktails - 5 Traditional Favorites

Scottish Whisky Cocktails with a wee dram of liquid gold

Whisky is Scotlands 'liquid gold' and below is a selection of cocktail recipes with whisky to really inspire you to consider a visit to the country with it's many famous distilleries.

Throughout the Scottish coctail recipes will be suggestions on which scotch whisky to use for the recipe however if you're feeling a little unadventurous a more subtle tasting blended whisky can be used.

Many Scottish Cocktails are inspired by history and Scottish Heritage so please pour yourself a wee dram of whisky, take a seat, and enjoy a selection of recipes for whisky cocktails with a dash of Scottish history for added cultural effect.

Which Tullibardine Whisky would you choose for a cocktail?

Decsions, decisions. Which Tullibardine Whisky would you choose for a cocktail?
Decsions, decisions. Which Tullibardine Whisky would you choose for a cocktail? | Source

Scottish Whisky Regions

The Scottish Whisky Production Regions to consider when making Scottish Cocktails
The Scottish Whisky Production Regions to consider when making Scottish Cocktails | Source

How to make a Rob Roy Whisky Cocktail

Rob Roy (full name Robert Roy MacGregor) was an 18th century Scottish outlaw who has often been referred to as 'The Scottish Robin Hood' due to his support of the needy. His early life saw him as part of the infamous Jacobite rising in support of King James at the time of being deposed by William of Orange.

In later life he became an outlaw after a period as a cattleman which came to an end after his borrowing of a significant sum of money to increase his herd coincided with the disappearance of his chief herder who he had left in a position responsible for the money. His land and herd were seized by the 1st Duke of Montrose who Rob Roy waged a bitter feud against.

The Rob Roy Whisky Cocktail originates in the United States and was created in 1894 by a bartender at the Waldorf Hotel, New Year in celebration of the operetta Rob Roy which was loosely based on the life of the famous Scottish outlaw.

Serve your Rob Roy Cocktail in a steep Martini Glass

Libbey Vina Martini Glass, Set of 6
Libbey Vina Martini Glass, Set of 6

Serve your Rob Roy Cocktail in a steep Martini Glass as pictured here from Amazon

 

Rob Roy Cocktail Recipe

Rob Roy Ingredients

1 measure of Whisky

1 Measure of martini or vermouth

a couple of dashes of Angostura Bitters

Serve in a martini glass with some orange peel as garnish

Which Whisky for a Rob Roy Cocktail?

Preferably choose a Highland Whisky to honour Rob Roy's Scottish Highland and Jacobite heritage. Great Highland Whisky's to make a Rob Roy Cocktail are Glenmorangie, Glen Garioch, Oban or you could choose a Ben Nevis Distillery whisky. Fort William, the closest town to Ben Nevis was built up as a port as part of the Jacobite rising.

The Flying Scotsman

The Flying Scotsman is a railways train which has effectively been running since 1862 connecting London and the Scottish Capital Edinburgh.

Flying Scotsman Recipe

How to make a Flying Scotsman

2 shots Johnie Walker Black Label Scotch Whisky

2 shots Martini Rosso Vermouth

1/2 shot of Sugar Syrup

A few dashes of Angosturra Bitters

Why use Johnie Walker Whisky for a Flying Scotsman?

Johnie Walker Whisky is a renowned brand the world over. It is a blended Scotch Whisky from a number of different malts to create a smooth, warm taste when combined with the sugar syrup.

A good whisky makes a great cocktail

Ardbeg- a great Islay Whisky for making Scottish Cocktails.
Ardbeg- a great Islay Whisky for making Scottish Cocktails. | Source

Auld Nick cocktail recipe

Making an Auld Nick

1 shot of Islay Whisky

1 shot of Drambuie

1 shot Orange Juice

A dash of Lemon Juice

Mix it all together in a cocktail shaker and serve in a cosmopolitan glass for a sophisticated Scottish cocktail. Or add an extra few shots of Orange juice and serve as a summer daytime drink in a highball glass over crushed ice.

Who is Auld Nick?

Auld Nick is the informal Scottish term for the devil or satan. Maybe a few Scots have seen Auld Nick after a few of these cocktails.

Serve a Tom Collins in a Hiball Glass

Crystal Clear Alexandria Hiball Glasses, Set of 4
Crystal Clear Alexandria Hiball Glasses, Set of 4

Serve your Scotch Tom Collins in a traditional crystal Hiball glass like those pictured here from Amazon

 

Make yourself a Scotch Tom Collins cocktail

Scotch Tom Collins Coctail Recipe (Scotch and Soda)

  • 5 or 6 dashes of lemon juice.
  • 1 shot of Scotch Whisky.
  • 2 or 3 blocks of ice
  • Top up the remainder of your glass with soda water

Traditionally a Tom Collins is served with gin but a Scotch and Soda with lemon juice can create a fantastic simple yet delicious scotch whisky cocktail in a tall hiball glass. Add as much soda water as you wish for a lazy hot summer cocktail or strong sophisticated evening drink.

Could you handle a Rusty Nail cocktail?

Rusty Nail whisky cocktail recipe

2 shots scotch whisky. Consider choosing a Speyside Whisky such as Aberlour or Balvennie for a fantastic Rusty Nail.

2 shots drambuie liquor

A very sweet scottish cocktail due to the amount of drambuie which provides honeyed tones to contrast with the bite of the scotch whisky. Best served in a traditional wide bottomed glass over ice to cool the palette.

The Canadian version of a Rusty Nail Cocktail is a 'Donald Sutherland' and substitutes Canadian Rye Whisky for the usual Scotch Whisky.

Locations of Scottish Whisky Distilleries featured

show route and directions
A markeraberlour -
Aberlour, Moray AB38, UK
[get directions]

Home of the Aberlour Distillery

B markerOban -
Oban, Argyll and Bute, UK
[get directions]

C markerGlenmorangie -
Glen Morangie, Highland IV19, UK
[get directions]

D markerFort William- Home of the Ben Nevis Distillery -
Fort William, Highland, UK
[get directions]

Good luck with your traditional Scottish Whisky Cocktails

And please drink responsibly

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CyclingFitness 4 years ago from Nottingham UK Author

Thanks for the comment- I love my scotch neat. Though occasionally it's good to mix things up a little. Hope you enjoy CF


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dommcg 4 years ago

Hi, i generally drink mine neat, but will give these a try for the hell of it! Thanks for the entertaining hub.


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CyclingFitness 4 years ago from Nottingham UK Author

Thanks wilderness- a friend has a Rolodex that she keeps her recipes- they might be antiquated but still do the job! Cf


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wilderness 4 years ago from Boise, Idaho

These look good, particularly the Auld Nick. Added to my rolodex (what an ancient concept!) at the bar. Thanks!


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CyclingFitness 4 years ago from Nottingham UK Author

Thanks Just Ask Susan. When it comes to scotch on the rocks I love a Talisker myself. I've never tried the blue label johnie walker myself but have kept every single bottle I've owned over the years as I intend on using them almost as manly decorations when I buy my first home.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I enjoy scotch on the rocks and prefer Johnnie Walker blue label, but can rarely afford it.


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CyclingFitness 4 years ago from Nottingham UK Author

Thank's Sally's Trove. I've never tried an Italian Heather myself although it sounds like something I'd very much like to.

My personal love is scotch on the rocks but sometimes it's nice to mix it up a little. Thanks for your feedback.


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

I'm a scotch lover, preferring it on rocks, but sometimes I do like it mixed with something else. I've never had a Flying Scotsman, but it does appeal to me.

Have you ever tried an Italian Heather? Equal parts scotch and Galliano, over rocks, garnished with lime or lemon. Delicious and potent!

Very interesting Hub. Voted up, interesting, useful.


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CyclingFitness 4 years ago from Nottingham UK Author

Thanks Kitty. I'm glad you appreciated these. Good luck making your own (although I think it's a little too early in the day for you to do so right now!)


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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether

Great recipes! Voted up, useful, and awesome. Loved the history behind the drinks, as well. :)

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