Celebrate International Scotch Day with these 12 easy scotch cocktails
February 8th marks International Scotch Day and what better way to mark this monumental occasion than with a celebratory cocktail?
Whether you’re a seasoned scotch drinker or new to the game, these easy scotch cocktails are perfect for sipping and savouring on this day and beyond. From classic mixes to modernised drinks, here’s our shortlist of the best simple recipes to make with Ballantine’s.
So let’s raise a glass and toast to International Scotch Day with a delicious cocktail in hand!
Spritz My Way
Mix scotch with your favourite fizz in this celebratory drink. Our whisky Prosecco cocktail is a delicious twist on an Italicus Spritz; fresh, floral and fancy. Plus it’s super easy to make so you don’t have to work hard to earn those hosting points.
One for the beer lovers, this very berry cocktail is an unexpected mix of lager, lemon, honey and scotch – with a fresh muddle of blueberries thrown in for good measure. You better believe it’s as good as it sounds.
Ballantine’s, Beer & Blueberries? There’s no wrong way.
Fancy something fruity? Get your cherry on with the Sandbox Sip, a deliciously pink drink of whisky and sweet vermouth with cherry liqueur and OJ. Simply shake everything together with ice before straining into your best coupe glass.
No drink is quite as delicious, and quite as simple, as the whisky mule. This warm weather twist on the Moscow Mule combines ginger beer, lime juice, and Ballantine’s scotch whisky for a timeless blend. It’s sure to become your new favourite.
Get popping this International Scotch Day with this whisky and apple juice cocktail. Our signature bottle of Ballantine’s Finest adds a blend of honey sweetness and a touch of spice to cloudy apples and fizzing soda water to keep you refreshed all night long.
Zippy, fresh, and light, the Apple Pop is a low-octane cocktail that still packs a serious flavour punch.
Go for a classic serve this International Scotch Day with a Sazerac. This strong and smoky drink is similar to an Old Fashioned, but with an extra kick of Absinthe. Try our scotch Sazerac with a citrus twist that elevates the spicy notes of Ballantine’s 17 Year Old. Exceptional.
Whisky Orange Soda
Want something seriously simple yet rewardingly delicious? Whip up a round of orange soda and whisky, or what we like to call, adults only Fanta. Don’t forget to use Ballantine’s Passion for an extra dosing of tropical, fruity flavour.
Give our unique twist on a whisky julep a go – it’s got extra spice without the extra effort. This recipe is all about the fresh ingredients. Ginger, lime and mint leaves are muddled with sugar before you pour in the scotch. Serve with tons of crushed ice and get sipping.
Whisky Ginger Julep
This may look like a standard julep but inside that tin cup is a delicious secret: lime and ginger. Mix it up for a spicy sweet hit suitable for any occasion.
Keep it pure chill with an Iced Green Tea, spiked with Ballantine’s scotch. This simple yet delicious drink is light and refreshing, and only calls for a few ingredients. So get the kettle on and make a round of our green tea cocktail.
Celebrate the legacy of a Scottish hero this International Scotch Day with the Bobby Burns. This rich tipple is all about the balance of sweet and smoky, mixing equal parts scotch, sweet vermouth and Bénédictine liqueur. To prepare, stir the ingredients over ice and serve in a chilled glass with a twist of lemon. Hear hear!
Revamp your scotch collins with our zesty version, blending lemon juice and bitters with Ballantine’s Brasil whisky. This refreshing cocktail is super easy to whip together and makes for the perfect drink when spontaneous events arise. Get the music playing and grab your cocktail shaker to make a round.
The ideal cocktail for when the sun is setting and the speaker is blasting.
Add some spritz to your scotch with our coffee and cream soda cocktail. You’ll need to prepare some espresso in advance but that’s about as difficult as this recipe gets. Once cool, mix with Ballantine’s Finest, cream soda and a glass of ice. See… simple really.
Once you’ve chosen your whisky you need to decide how to drink it. Neat or mixer? Ice or cocktail? There’s a ton of options but no matter how you serve whisky, there’s always a scotch glass for the job. You don’t need to follow these points to the letter – good whisky doesn’t need rules – but it’s always useful to know the ropes when it comes to the different types of whisky glasses.
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