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Top summer cocktails to make with scotch whisky


It’s time to make the most of the sunny weather with some simple summer drinks you can mix up with your favourite Ballantine’s whisky. Perfect for backyard BBQs, alfresco cocktail hours and spontaneous gatherings.

We’ve selected the best scotch whisky summer cocktail recipes to make at home, from fruity to fizzy there’s something for every taste. Time to get scrollin’.

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Whilst Scotland may be more well-known for its rainfall, this namesake cocktail is sure to bring the sunshine. Think of it as a classic sour with a summer twist thanks to the tart punch of fresh raspberries.

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That first sip of a cocktail packed full of citrus zest hits differently on a sweltering hot day and we’ve made the most of it in this summer cocktail with whisky. We’ve combined Ballantine’s Finest blended scotch whisky with aromatic Lillet Blanc, lashings of fresh lemon juice and ice-cold lemonade for something truly refreshing.


Spiced Julep

This whisky julep takes inspiration from the classic cocktail but features a wonderful surprise in the form of lime and ginger. Serve over crushed ice and top with fresh mint for the perfect summer serve.

Iced Sweet Tea

Iced tea is a staple in the States and this iced tea cocktail stays true to this beverage’s root by using Ballantine’s 7 American Barrel. It’s sweet, refreshing and guaranteed to go down well at any BBQ.

The Guadalupe

Tropical flavours are synonymous with summer, so it made sense to combine whisky and pineapple in a Guadalupe cocktail. With grilled slices of pineapple as a garnish, it tastes as good as it looks.


Summer is a great time for a whisky cocktail with a hint of heat. This Mango Chilli Cocktail brings together caramel-y Ballantine’s 7 American Barrel with dashes of RZA Presents: Ballantine’s x Flying Goose Sriracha Sauce, along with mango juice and lime juice. The limited edition hot sauce is sweet, sour and a tad smoky, making it an unexpected yet delicious addition to a fruity summer cocktail. Sip alongside your BBQ banquet for an even tastier experience.


Another whisky and tea invention, this summer whisky cocktail is favourite of Wu-Tang Clan frontman, RZA. The Peach Tea Cocktail concoction blends peach iced tea with Ballantine’s Finest whisky and lemon juice for a refreshing long drink to enjoy while waiting for the grill to heat up.


Banish your blues with this creamy summer whisky cocktail. Flavours of Ballantines’ Finest, Blue Curacao, pineapple juice and coconut cream give our Blue Monday cocktail plenty of holiday vibes perfect for a summertime bbq with all your favourite people.

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This beautifully fruity pitcher is perfect for sharing with friends. Picture this. A twilight night, with a warm summer breeze and mellow tunes playing out across the garden. You’re all talking and laughing whilst sipping on this whisky cranberry cocktail served over lashings of ice. Delightful.

Ballantine's Brasil Scotch Whisky and Lemonade


Scotch and lemonade might not be a new idea but when you use Ballantine’s Brasil whisky, you can be sure that there’ll be an exciting twist to this cocktail. The twang of lime mixed with the sweet vanilla cream of scotch make this drink feel like a hug at a festival.


Spritz My Way

This whisky prosecco cocktail brings all the bubbles due to the blend of soda and prosecco. The hint of Italicus and a garnish of rosemary add an extra touch of sophistication whilst the floral notes of the whisky make this drink effortlessly well-rounded.

Whisky Mango Lassi

Mango is juicy, sweet, and fragrant, making fresh chunks the perfect summer snack. But we thought we’d take these wonderful properties and combine them with blended scotch whisky and fresh lime for a totally tropical mango whisky cocktail.

Pandan & Coconut

Transport yourself to summer evenings on a white sandy beach with this coconut highball cocktail. This drink is simple to make, combining whisky, rum and coconut water but don’t underestimate the sophistication of its flavour because it’s something really special.

Passion Fruit Sour

A twist on an absolute classic, a passion fruit sour cocktail is one to add to your list if you love the tangy, tropical taste of passion fruit and the creamy oakiness of 12 year old scotch. Its appearance is as vibrant as its flavour, so it’s a great option to serve up at a party if you want to impress.

Kentucky Mule

This zingy whisky mule is a fun spin on a Moscow Mule cocktail. It uses the warming spice of ginger beer and a hit of fresh lime juice to create a cocktail that packs a pleasant punch.

Iced Green Tea

Simple and light, a green tea whisky cocktail might be just what you’re looking for if you want a drink that fits a calm and cool hangout. Clean, earthy notes of green tea dance with the elegant aromas of heather and flavours of crisp red apple from Ballantine’s Finest.

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