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You can drink whisky with (almost) anything. Water, soda, coffee, tea. And you guessed it, even a glass of milk.

The addition of dairy to an alcoholic drink results in a silky, rich serve that works wonderfully as a brunch time blend or dessert-inspired digestif. So if you like creamy cocktails, you’re in the right place.

Got milk? Great. Here’s how to mix milk and whisky. Plus some extra delicious milky cocktail recipes to get you started.

Can you mix whisky and milk?

The thought of mixing milk and whisky might sound unappealing at first, but this classic duo actually dates back centuries as one of the oldest written cocktail recipes. 

The combination of sweet, smooth whisky and milk creates a comforting, creamy drink that can be enjoyed any time of day. Ballantine’s scotch whisky is beautifully rich, balanced by velvety flavours of vanilla, chocolate, apple and a hint of spice. Each of these notes pair perfectly with the slightly salty, sweet flavour of milk.

Not into dairy? No worries. Swap cow’s milk for your favourite lactose-free alternative; try coconut or almond milk for a boost of nuttiness, or add earthy richness with oat milk.


Alcohol mixes well with milk in many cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks. It’s why White Russians are so popular and why there are so many varieties of cream liqueurs stocked on the shelves. The one exclusion to this is alcohols that include citrus. The presence of vitamin C and citric acid in fruits like oranges, lemons, and limes can coagulate milk. Resulting in an not-so-nice to drink lumpy liquid that also wreaks havoc on your digestive system.

When you mix whisky and milk, you can expect them to combine nicely, creating a chilled cocktail that’s warming, comforting and creamy.

Whisky and milk cocktail recipes

Whisky and milk make the perfect base for a sweet or spiced cocktail. From chocolate to honey, vanilla to nutmeg, there’s tons of ingredients to stir into your drink. Here are 5 whisky and milk recipes:

Whisky Milkshake

If you’re in the mood for something outrageously sweet and creamy, then the Whisky Milkshake is going to blow your socks off. This over the top drink is basically a dessert in a cocktail, made with all the dairy goodness. 

The addition of ice cream to whisky and milk makes this adult-only milkshake 1,000 times creamier. Oh, and then there’s the toppings. Whipped cream, chocolate chips, cookies, marshmallows, donuts. If you’ve got it, top it.

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Whisky Milkshake

Rich and creamy with a kick. If you can’t decide between dessert or whisky, this shake is for you. Strictly for over 18’s.


Milk Punch

Milk Punch is the OG milk and whisky drink. The simple mix of milk, sugar syrup and Ballantine’s 12 Year Old whisky creates a seriously silky cocktail that’s just as fun to sip over brunch as it is during the festive season. 

Simply shake the ingredients together in a cocktail shaker before straining to serve. Then the garnish is up to you. Traditionally you’d grate some nutmeg for extra warming spice. But feel free to make it your own. Try cinnamon, brown sugar or cream for extra creaminess.

Chocolate Whisky Milk

No one should go without a nightcap and we reckon Whisky and Chocolate Milk is the ultimate comforter. 

Use our recipe to get the perfect ratio and top with toasted marshmallows for an extra gooey treat.

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Electric Milk

Imagine a spiked whisky hot chocolate, but cold. That’s the Electric Milk. Enjoy!

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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

Can you really beat a mug of hot cocoa? Well, if you add whisky then yeah. Our Whisky Hot Chocolate recipe is a real crowd pleaser, perfect for those freezing nights and cosy evenings in. 

Add your favourite cocoa powder to milk and Ballantine’s Finest before spraying on as much whipped cream as you can. Then it’s time for marshmallows, chocolate sprinkles, cinnamon, nuts, mint… you name it.

And if you’re a serious hot chocolate aficionado, check out how to set up a boozy hot chocolate bar next time your mates are round.

Whisky Iced Latte

Say goodbye to your go-to iced latte order, there’s a new drink in town. The Whisky Iced Latte is an 18+ version of our favourite coffee cooler, perfect for chilled summer afternoons and spontaneous garden gatherings.

To make this refreshing, creamy cocktail, all you need is a shot of Ballantine’s Finest smooth whisky poured into your cold brew and milk combo. Shake with ice and sip until the sun goes down.


In the mood for more whisky drinks? Check out what else you can mix with our favourite spirit with our collection of whisky cocktail recipes. We’ve got chocolate whisky drinks, beer and whisky mixes and a bunch of whisky dessert cocktails sweet enough to end your night with.

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10 apple and whisky drinks for when you wanna shake up something sweet

Mix scotch with cider or juice to create these delicious apple and whisky mixed drinks, including hot and cool recipes for summer and winter.

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8 cinnamon and ginger whisky drinks to spice up your winter cocktails

Fan of spice? So are we. Here are our favourite whisky drinks, each with cinnamon or ginger as a headline ingredient.

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