When you feel like rocking out, there’s only one band that comes to mind. With 17 albums, a 50 year career and multiple awards, AC/DC are a rock ‘n’ roll powerhouse.
To celebrate AC/DC’s iconic discology, and others like them, we’re launching True Music Icons. A new limited edition collection of our equally timeless bottle of Ballantine’s Finest.
Launching the thunderbolt inspired design, we’re looking back at the best AC/DC songs to top the charts over the last five decades. So grab a bottle of Ballantine’s X AC/DC limited edition and get head banging to these legendary hits.
Listen to with a Dark & Thunderstruck
You can’t hear Thunderstruck’s epic opening riff without rocking out. The track is AC/DC’s lead single from The Razors Edge, a major comeback album for the band. Since its 1990 release, it’s become a major hit and popular backing track for blockbuster movies including The Super Mario Bros, Deadpool 2, and the Thor: Ragnarok finale scene.
Inspired by the iconic hit, we created Dark & Thunderstruck, an AC/DC twist on a Kentucky Mule. It’s refreshing, spicy and easy to drink.
Dark & Thunderstruck
Refreshing but with a slight kick. The Dark and Thunderstruck cocktail is created with our Ballantine’s True Music Icons AC/DC Limited Edition
The opening track of AC/DC’s 1979 album is a true rock anthem. Highway to Hell’s notorious intro, catchy lyrics and infectious riff makes it a classic for both old and new generations. AC/DC’s most recognised track deserves to be listened to with one of our most recognised drinks. The Whisky on the Rocks. Just like the song, it’s ballsy, simple and good enough to drink on repeat after a long day on the road.
Whisky on the Rocks
As the pinnacle in the Ballantine’s range, the 30 year old has been garnished with a simple cube of ice, in order to accentuate its natural depth and layers.
From the 1980 Back in Blackalbum comes You Shook Me All Night Long, a new beginning for AC/DC with the introduction of a new lead singer. Brian Johnson’s first hit takes us back to the road, comparing his passion for cars with his love of women.The track is a banger, a lot like our Passion Fruit Sour. Jumpstart cocktail hour with the exotic mix of passion fruit, lime and whisky.
Passion Fruit Sour
A fruity and exotic twist on a classic puts this cocktail into the fancy-party league. Mix it up if you’re aiming to impress.
Live bold, live dangerously and Shoot to Thrill with AC/DC’s second track from the Back in Blackalbum. This legendary track was never released as a single but quickly became a fan favourite and regular hit on rock stations.
Pumped with powerful lyrics and electrifying guitar riffs, Shoot to Thrill is full of energy. The ultimate track to listen to with a Cold Brew Kick, a daring mix of coffee and whisky that’ll keep you caffeinated all night long.
Cold Brew Kick
Meet the cool, laid-back cousin to the Espresso Martini. Simple to make but still gets you those sophisticated host points.
From AC/DC’s third studio album in 1976 comes Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, a classic hit that shows off the band’s rebellious nature. Paying homage to Angus Young’s childhood cartoon Beany and Cecil, it introduces listeners to a criminal character who’ll do your dirty deeds for a dirt cheap fee. Cyanide, TNT, high voltage – whatever you want, he’ll do it.
For those living on the wild side, try a Cherry Whisky Sour. Our punchy, fruity take on a classic cocktail is made with Ballantine’s Wild, a cherry flavoured whisky for free-spirits and unexpected moments.
Cherry Whisky Sour
Class up the cocktails at your next big night in with this fruity twist on a much-loved classic; the cherry whisky sour.
Voted Kerrang!’s Ultimate Metal Track, Whole Lotta Rosie was one of AC/DC’s first big hits outside of Australia. The Let There Be Rock album track is a twisted tale of a night with a Tasmanian woman.
It’s badass and somewhat controversial. But remains a live performance favourite for the band. Rock along with a Rob Roy, a legendary, full-bodied drink named after a Scottish outlaw that became a national hero for his rebellious behaviour.
For those in the know, a Rob Roy is simply a Manhattan made with scotch. But also, it’s the shot of Ballantine’s 12 that makes it a true Scottish legend.
AC/DC’s awaited return after the death of Bon Scott hung on the first track of the Back in Black album. And it was a good one. A low solemn chime of a 2,000 pound church bell interrupted by Angus Young’s riffing set the scene for an epic comeback.
The tribute was written amidst a tropical storm in the Bahamas which inspired many of the track’s lyrics. Rolling thunder, pouring rain, lightning bolts and hurricanes. A darkness that could only be matched by the thunderous kick of flavours found in a Penicillin. Warning: it’s seriously spicy but seriously good.
Prescribe yourself the Penicillin, a fiery Scotch classic to kick off your weekend in style. No doctors necessary.
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