My Top 5 – Whisky Cocktails for Winter

Emma of Team DC in Edinburgh is on a one-woman ‘learning to like whisky journey’, here are some of her holiday cocktail favourites:

It might be miserable outside, but inside it’s the season of cocktails, parties and holiday fun. Whisky is a wonderful warmer upper, but if you’re not a fan of the taste then combine it with some other ingredients for a delicious cocktail – a magical and comforting way to get through the cold, dark nights. Slip into your fave cocktail dress and try a few of these lovelies.

Whisky Old Fashioned

A classic from the 1960s made popular again by Don Draper and Mad Men.

Orange peel

1 sugar cube

1 tsp water

2-3 dashes of Angostura or orange bitters

90ml (3fl oz) whisky

In an Old-Fashioned glass, muddle the orange peel with the sugar, a little water, and the bitters.dd whisky and ice cubes. Stir.

Recipe – Whisky: The Manual, by Dave Broom


Whisky Sour

Sour because of the lemon but also sweet, not to mention delicious.

60ml (2fl oz) whisky

30ml, (1fl oz) lemon juice

15 ml (½fl oz) simple syrup or gomme

Dash of Angostura bitters (optional)

Half a slice of orange to garnish

Shake hard over ice and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with half a slice of orange. A dash of Angostura is an optional extra.

Recipe – Whisky: The Manual, by Dave Broom

 manhattan.classic.cocktail.recipe.1.1Manhattan/Rob Roy

Another Mad Men favourtie, a traditional Manhattan is made with Bourbon or Rye whiskey, but made with Scotch whisky it is known as a Rob Roy.

60 ml (2fl oz) Bourbon or Scotch whisky

30 ml (1fl oz Sweeth Vermouth

2-3 dashes of Angostura Bitters

Maraschino cherry to garnish

Stir or shake over ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with the cherry.

Recipe – Whisky: The Manual, by Dave Broom

 IMG_90351-290x290Highland Bramble

Traditionally made with gin, this is a lovely fruity number, which works just as well with Scotch.

45ml (1½fl oz) blended Scotch whisky

30ml (1fl oz)freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 barspoon honey
dash egg white (optional)

15ml (0.5fl oz) Crème de Mure

Shake the first four ingredients with ice. Strain into an ice-filled old-fashioned glass and drizzle the Crème de Mure over the top. Garnish with a handful of blackberries and/or raspberries.

Recipe – 

long-serve-1-hot-chocolateHot Chocolate with Scotch

For those of you who are all partied out already and just want to climb into bed, you can still join in the fun. Pop on your PJ’s and try a hot chocolate with a kick.

135ml (4½ fl oz) milk

45ml (1½ fl oz) Auchentoshan Three Wood

3 – 4 Heaped teaspoons of a high quality Spanish Hot Chocolate powder

2 tablespoons of Scottish double cream

Add the chocolate powder into a glass teacup. Heat your milk to boiling point on the stove. Fold the hot milk into the powder, adding your measure of Three Wood and stir briskly anti-clockwise until thick. To serve add freshly whipped cream.

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