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16 easy seasonal cocktails to sip throughout the year

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Ballantine’s tastes good 365 days a year. Sip a Hot Toddy in summer. Drink a Scotch Spritz in winter. If it works for you, it works. 

But there is something to be said for enjoying those seasonal flavours alongside the warmer and cooler months. If you want to know how best to serve up your whisky throughout the seasons, read on.

Here we share the best seasonal cocktails for every month of the year.

Autumn Cocktails

As the nights get colder, the drinks get warmer. From hot whisky drinks to ginger and cinnamon spiced serves, there’s plenty of ways to turn up the heat. When it gets to October, we’ve got Halloween cocktails covered.

Apple Cider Old Fashioned

Put an autumnal twist on a classic with the Apple Cider Old Fashioned. It’s simple, fruity and warming – the ultimate combo for those ‘ber months. Make yours with Ballantine’s Finest to guarantee a smooth, spiced serve.

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Apple Cider Old Fashioned

A new spin on an old classic…meet the Apple Cider Old Fashioned. Made with only 4 key ingredients, this serve may be simple but it’s guaranteed to turn heads!

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Whisky Apple Cider Punch

This whisky cider punch is the perfect centre piece for any drinks table. Just multiply the recipe by the number of guests so everyone can grab a glass and get involved!


Whisky Cider Punch

The only group serve you’ll need for Thanksgiving, Halloween and your autumnal gatherings. Our Whisky Punch can be served hot or cold thanks to its fragrant flavours of apple, citrus and winter spice.

Hot Toddy

Extra chilly nights call for warm drinks. And you can’t go wrong with this Hot Toddy recipe. Make yours your way with as much honey, lemon, cinnamon and cloves as you can handle.

Honey & Cinnamon Highball

Love a Hot Toddy but fancy something cooler? Try a Honey Highball – all the flavours of your favourite hot cocktail but this time served on the rocks with cinnamon and spiced ginger beer.

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Whisky, Honey & Cinnamon Highball

Fresh, sweet and super zesty. It’s got all the deliciously satisfying flavours of a Hot Toddy, but this time, we’ve poured it on the rocks.

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Whisky Christmas Cocktail

Move over Eggnog, see you later mulled wine… Bring in the festive season with a sweet and spicy whisky cocktail. We call it the Ballantine’s Christmas Cocktail, but it tastes just as good 365 days of the year.


Winter Cocktails

From November till January, it’s all about celebrating. From whisky Christmas drinks to NYE cocktail recipes we’ve got everything for every occasion.

The Ballantine’s Whisky Cocktail

Get on everyone’s nice list with the ultimate Christmas cocktail. It’s sweet, spicy and seriously drinkable. Serve it the Ballantine’s way with a clove studded pear and leave guests gasping.

Cranberry Orange Whisky Sour

Classic festive flavours mixed with a classic whisky cocktail. What could be better? The Cranberry Whisky Sour is the perfect pick for the big day, a casual gathering or a night in for one.

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Cranberry Orange Whisky Sour

This wintery Cranberry Orange Whisky Sour featuring Ballantine’s Finest is the perfect complement to your holiday menu.

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Whisky Hot Chocolate

This whisky hot chocolate is a sweet tooth’s dream…  throw on all your favourite toppings, there’s no such thing as too much!


Whisky Hot Chocolate

A cosy winter warmer for nights in and nights out. Whether in front of fireworks or a fire. A Whisky Hot Chocolate is a real crowd pleaser and our recipe is made for making your own. Grab a glass and get involved.

Christmas New York Sour

A wintery spin on a New York Sour that’ll put you in serious celebration spirits. The whisky sour base is topped with a red wine float followed by a snowy egg white froth. All it needs is a seasonal soundtrack and you’re set for the holiday season.


Spring Cocktails

Spring calls for refreshing drinks and sweet, floral flavours. Get mixing our most light whisky cocktails perfect for the first of this year’s outdoor occasions.

Iced Green Tea

Kick back, relax and sip on a green tea whisky cocktail, iced to perfection. Made for spontaneous Sunday sessions when the sun’s out and music’s pumping.

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Iced Green Tea

Let’s take a walk on the green side. This simple yet delicious cocktail will wake up the night in style.

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Spritz My Way

Ballantine’s + Soda + Bubbles = Spritz life. Add Ballantine’s Finest and Italicus, with Soda water and Prosecco. Garnished with a rosemary sprig and orange wheel for an added spritz.


Spritz My Way

Spring’s all about that spritz life. Wake up the night with a whisky and Prosecco cocktail, our take on an Italicus Spritz with warm scotch and a rosemary, orange garnish.

Staten Island Iced Tea

A delicious whisky twist on your favourite spring drink. Our peach tea cocktail is inspired by the Staten Island roots of hip-hop legend RZA in our partnership where the worlds of whisky and music collide.

Park Hill Paloma

Take a walk on the Park Hill side – a cocktail that marries sweet smoky whisky with lip-smackingly good grapefruit. It’s the Whisky Paloma and you’ll be buzzing to try it.

Summer Cocktails

When the sun starts popping, the drinks get punchy. Please a crowd with summer pitchers that’ll last all night, or BBQ summer cocktails that’ll make you MVP of the backyard grill. Here’s our top serves for the sunshine season.

Berry Beer

Satisfy both sides of the beer vs cocktail crowd with this epic serve. Blueberries, lager and whisky are the base of this gotta-try-it beer cocktail. So good it’ll convert even the biggest cynic. Simply muddle, shaker and strain to get your new drink of summer.

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Berry Beer

Ballantine’s, Beer & Blueberries? There’s no wrong way.

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Summer Pitcher

Summer time, and the living’s pitchin’. Add lemon slices and halved green grapes, Ballantine’s Finest, fresh lemon juice, Lillet Blanc, and top with Lemonade. Give it a good stir and pour out a round.


Summer Pitcher

Get your mates round and whip up a batch of this summer pitcher cocktail recipe. Whisky, elderflower and cranberry  – a triple threat sunshine combo. It’ll only take a few minutes to make but will last you all summer long.

The Guadalupe

Whether your holiday’s booked or you’re staying home, this whisky pineapple cocktail will have you beachside. Made with the light, tangy ingredients of a whisky sour, it’s better than a Piña. Served with charred pineapple for extra satisfaction.

Spiced Julep

For those days that turn into night. And nights that turn into morning. The Whisky Julep is the go-to serve for summer. Inside is a secret duo of spicy citrus flavours to keep you pumped and party ready.

Want more cocktails to see you through the year? Check out our collection of whisky drinks. We’ve got everything from dessert cocktails to chocolate whisky drinks. Discover more ways to drink Ballantine’s.


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