A Guide to Scottish Cocktails

Food & Drink

Here are a few Scottish Cocktail recipe ideas to get your party going with a swing from the very first swig!  From the Highland Fling to a Rusty nail, they’ve all got a mighty kick and will warm even the coldest evening.  A quick note though,  when it comes to the whisky – do use a blended whisky as it’s a terrible waste to use a good malt!

1.The Flying Scotsman

Mix 2 shots of Whisky
1 shot of Italian Vermouth
1/4 shot of sugar syrup
and 3 dashes of Angostura bitters

Stir and serve with ice – enjoy!

2. The Highland Fling

Mix 2 shots of whisky
1 Italian Vermouth
2 dashes of orange bitters

Stir together or in a cocktail shaker with ice, strain and serve with an olive!

The infamous Rusty Nail Cocktail

The infamous Rusty Nail Cocktail

3. The Rusty Nail

2 shots Whisky
1 shot Drambuie

…or add more Drambuie for a sweetie cocktail. Serve with ice and a twist of lemon. Without the ice it’s called Straight up Nail!

4. The Robert Burns

Mix 2 shots whisky
1 measure sweet Italian Vermouth
3 dashes of Benedictine liquor
1 dash absinthe or Angostura bitters

Mix well with ice, strain and serve in a cocktail glass with a thin coil of lemon peel as a garnish.

5. The Prince Charlie

2 shots Cognac
1/2 shot Drambuie
1/2 Lime juice

Mix in a cocktail shaker with ice, strain and serve in a chilled glass. Some suggest a sprig of heather if you have it as a garnish!

We're not sure what Flora Macdonald would have made of the cocktail named after her, but we like it!

We’re not sure what Flora Macdonald would have made of it, but we like it!

6. The Flora Macdonald
1 shot Whisky
1 shot Gin
2 shots French Vermouth

Mix well with ice, strain and serve – enjoy!

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