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What to watch and what to drink: your TV show cocktail guide

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What does great TV and great cocktails have in thing in common? They both bring people together. Whether you’re bingeing a boxset with friends, rewatching a golden oldie or catching up with a long-awaited series, there’s nothing quite like sipping on a delicious cocktail to enhance the experience.

Here we share what’s hot on the screen and the drinks you should be sipping alongside them. So sit back, relax and enjoy the show, with a cocktail in hand of course.

Citadel

Watch it on: Amazon Prime

Rookie secret spies will love Prime’s latest blockbuster, Citadel. This glossy TV series combines all the luxurious drama of Bond with the twists and turns of a jaw-clenching thriller. Richard Madden, Priyanka Chopra and Stanley Tucci make up a global spy agency that’s under threat by a crime syndicate. Think dreamy locations, suited and booted glamour, witty one liners and epic battles. 

Watch it with: Sweet Vestige

A show as lustrous as Citadel could only be paired with a drink that’s just as dazzling. Sensual, light and made with the best, we reckon Sweet Vestige is a perfect match. This aromatic cocktail oozes essence of fig and ginger, mixed with Ballantine’s 30 Year Old whisky.

Ballantine's 30 Year Old Sweet Vestige Drink

Sweet Vestige

With notes of fig and honey, Sweet Vestige is an aromatic cocktail that delights the senses.

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Daisy Jones & The Six

Watch it on: Amazon Prime

Originally a bestselling book, Daisy Jones & The Six is a musical adaptation that sends viewers back to the rocking 1970s. Singer Daisy and her band rise to the top of the LA music scene and it’s cocktail of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll, to become one of the most famous acts in the world. The lead couple are somewhat based on Fleetwood Mac’s Steve Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham – so there’s some history behind the drama.

Watch it with: Session Soda

Ballantine’s Session Soda is a light, lemon cocktail that’s simple to make and ultra refreshing. The ultimate drink for those LA summer nights. Get pouring and serve to the soundtrack of the 70s.

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Whisky & Soda

Ballantine’s Session Soda, a drink perfect for Saturday sessions.

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The Mandalorian 

Watch it on: Disney+

Even for the non-Star Wars fans among you, The Mandalorian will be a guaranteed hit. You don’t need to know about the Dark Side to get addicted to this live-action show either. With another series recently landed, it’s got epic spaceships, epic bad guys and even more epic fight scenes. Much of which are set among the ‘space western’ landscapes of the Outer Rim.

Watch it with: Whisky Sour

Classic cowboys love a dram of whisky. And so what better to drink with this Wild West inspired TV show. We’re keeping it classic with a good ol’ Whisky Sour. This 150 year old recipe is one not to mess with, much like Moff Gideon.

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Whisky Sour

This cocktail is 150 years old, yet you’ll still find it in the trendiest bars. Give it a go with your favourite Ballantine’s!

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Succession

Watch it on: NOW TV

Get your cringe-worthy laughs with Succession, a satirical drama about a dysfunctional media family that’s fast become a cult favourite. The riveting series has it all; wealth, corruption, humour and plot twists. Not forgetting a bunch of complex characters that are now beloved as some of TV’s greatest.

Watch it with: Scotch on the Rocks

The only drink worth sipping with Succession is a Scotch on the Rocks. This classic serve sees Ballantine’s 30 Year Old poured over a large ice cube that slowly melts for optimum smoothness.

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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.

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Beef

Watch it on: Netflix

Get ready for a binge-fest with Netflix’s new show, Beef. This 10-episode comedy sees two road rage drivers go head to head in an ongoing feud. But alongside laugh-out-loud pranks and dark humour, there’s a surprising amount of real-life depiction surrounding family, race and religion. It’ll make you cry, laugh and scream for more.

Watch it with: Cold Brew Kick

Keep up with Beef’s chaotic revenge scenes with Cold Brew Kick. This caffeinated cocktail has all the punch of an espresso martini, but with the cool, laidback vibes of Netflix and chill.

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Cold Brew Kick

Meet the cool, laid-back cousin to the Espresso Martini. Simple to make but still gets you those sophisticated host points.

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Marvellous Mrs Maisel

Watch it on: Amazon Prime

Step back to the 50s and 60s with Miriam Maisel. Known as Midge to friends and viewers, this theatrical show follows a housewife’s dream to pursue a career as a female comic. Naturally it’s got a ton of jokes but what really makes this show stand out is the colourful characters, heartfelt relationships and slick dialogue. 

Watch it with: Sazerac Twist

The Sazerac is considered one of America’s oldest cocktails. And would have been a go-to choice for Midge and her comedy counterparts. The classic recipe is both rich and spicy mixing whisky, absinthe and bitters. But for extra Midge-inspired sweetness, serve with a citrus twist.

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Sazerac Twist

Ballantine’s 17 Year Old has both a richness and complex spicy notes, so naturally works fantastically well in a Sazerac-style serve.

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Sweet Tooth

Watch it on: Netflix

Sweet Tooth is a comic book based TV series that’s got everyone talking. Set a decade after a viral pandemic, it delivers fantasy, mystery and dystopian vibes that has us wanting more. At the centre of this post-apocalyptic world, are the part-human, part-animal children, but it’s predominantly Gus, a half-deer boy who’s on a search for answers about his hybrid origins that has us on the edge of our seats.

Watch it with: Passion Fanta

This fun, fizzy serve is a hybrid of your favourite childhood drink and scotch whisky, infused with sweet, tropical fruits. Made with Ballantine’s Passion, our Fanta cocktail is a fruity, cool refresher strictly for adults only.

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Whisky & Orange Fanta

Fruity. Fizzy. Fun times. It’s orange soda for adults, what’s not to like?

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Find more cocktails to sip alongside your streaming sessions with our whisky drinks collection. Make the usual, or the unusual. There’s something to match every show and moment. Check out our top 10 classic whisky drinks or add some nibbles to the mix with the best snacks to serve with whisky.

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