15 Scotch Cocktails to Try Now
Say you’re a guy that likes a bit of Scotch, but you’re not the biggest fan of sipping it straight or on the rocks (side of band aid anyone?). Or maybe you’re a guy who enjoys whiskey cocktails and you want to branch out a bit. Either way, we put together this awesome list of scotch cocktails ready to wet your whistle.
Bold. Smoky. Complex. There are lots of words that experts use to describe the unique flavors of Scotch. But we have some words of our own that we like to use…
With its proverbial old-man reputation, most people think that Scotch isn’t for everyone…but they’re wrong. It totally can be. Like all good booze worth drinking, Scotch takes a bit of getting used to. But once you love it, you really learn to love it. And so much so that you can’t imagine not drinking it.
Scotch snobs may tell you that you should only drink it neat, mixed with water, or on the rocks. And while those may be the classic ways, those certainly aren’t the only ways. Today we’re talking cocktails – Scotch cocktails. And there are a lot of them.
Here’s a breakdown of our 15 favorite Scotch cocktails that you should try right now.
The Classic Scotch Cocktails (AKA Drinks Your Grandpa Drank)
#1 Rob Roy
If you like a Manhattan, you already like a Rob Roy – you just don’t know it. This old-time favorite is basically a Manhattan, except it’s made exclusively with Scotch whiskey.
Combine 2 ounces of Scotch with 1 ounce of sweet vermouth and 2 dashes of Angostura bitters. Add that to a mixing glass with ice, stir for about 20 seconds, and strain it into a chilled glass. Make it modern with a lemon twist or keep it classic with a skewer of maraschino cherries.
#2 Rusty Nail
The Rusty Nail is perfect for people who like their Scotch a little bit sweet. Put two large ice cubes in a rocks glass. Combine 2 ounces of Scotch with one shot of Drambuie in a glass with ice and stir. Strain it into the rocks glass and enjoy.
It’s super easy to make, and the Drambuie adds sweet little bits of honey, citrus, and spice.
Nothing’s quite as classic as the 18th century poet Robert Burns, after whom, we have to assume, this drink was named. But whether it was or wasn’t doesn’t really matter. This drink is easy, quick, and (admittedly) addictive.
Combine 2 ounces of Scotch with ¾ ounce of sweet vermouth and a dash of orange bitters. Add a dash of absinthe and mix it all in a shaker filled with ice. Strain it into a chilled cocktail glass and you’re good to go.
#4 Scotch Sour
A classic for all the right reasons, this is a go-to for any Scotch fan. The fact that it’s so easy to make might just explain its popularity – or at least the reason why it’s one of the most popular Scotch cocktails known to man.
Add 1.5 ounces of Scotch, ¾ ounces of lemon juice, and a tablespoon of simple syrup to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake like crazy and strain into an old fashioned glass filled with ice. Garnish and make it fancy with a lemon peel or an orange twist.
The Godfather is more than just a distant relative – it’s like a second cousin to the Rusty Nail. The only difference is it includes Amaretto instead of Drambuie.
Combine 2 ounces of Scotch and ½ ounce of Amaretto into a glass with ice. Stir rigorously and strain it into a rocks glass. That’s it.
Fun Scotch Drinks to Try Tonight
If you like your cocktails to be rich with color, you’ll love the look (and taste) of the Ruby Queen. Full disclosure here: this one includes beet juice, so if you’re not a beet fan, this is one you’ll want to skip.
To make this colorful cocktail, combine 1.5 ounces of Scotch with 1 ounce of fresh red beet juice, ¾ ounces of honey syrup, and ¾ ounces of fresh lemon juice. Shake with ice, strain, and pour into a chilled glass. Top it off with a sprig of tarragon.
As the name suggest, the Rapscallion is a bit mischievous. Maybe it’s the addition of absinthe. Maybe it’s the mix of sherry. Whatever it is, we don’t really care. What we do know is that it’s delicious.
To mix up this wonder, combine 2 ounces of Scotch with ¼ ounce of sherry, a teaspoon of maraschino liqueur, and a dash of absinthe. Mix with ice until it’s cold and strain into a rocks glass rinsed with Scotch. It’s the Scotch-soaked glass that makes all the difference.
A little bit tropical, the Speyside Smash is perfect for the Scotch fan who also loves their rum. This fruity cocktail puts a unique spin on the classic Scotch drink – and it’s one that you can enjoy all year round.
To make the perfect Smash, combine 1 ounce of Scotch with 1 ounce of pineapple rum, ¾ ounces of house sugar, and ¾ ounces of fresh lime juice. Shake it in a shaker with ice, strain it into a chilled glass, and top it off with a mint leaf. YUM.
Modern Scotch Cocktails (These Are Not Your Grandpa’s Drinks)
#9 Moon Watcher
This one’s going to challenge you to put your best bartending hat on…but if you can pull it off, it’s well worth the effort.
It’s similar to a Rob Roy, but the Moon Watcher combines 1 ¼ ounces of Scotch with ¾ ounces of Madeira, ¼ ounce of pimento dram, and a ¼ ounce of Giffard Banane du Bresil. Add three dashes of cranberry bitters, mix all over ice and stir for 20 seconds. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish with a skewer of cranberry and lime peel.
#10 Drunk Uncle
We’re big fans of IPAs. We’re also unapologetic lovers of Scotch. So it only makes sense that this is one of our favorite cocktails on this list.
Shake 1 ounce of Scotch, 1 ounce of Drambuie, ¼ ounce of orange liqueur, ½ ounce of lemon juice, and 3 dashes of orange bitters over ice. Strain it into a Collins glass over ice and top it off with an IPA. It doesn’t get any better than this.
#11 The Fleming
Sometimes called the Penicillin, the Fleming gets its name from Alexander Fleming, the genius who invented penicillin. It requires candied ginger for garnish, but other than that, it’s pretty easy to mix up.
Combine 2 ounces of blended Scotch with ¾ ounces of fresh lemon juice and ¾ ounces of honey-ginger syrup. Shake with ice and strain into a rocks glass with a large ice cube. Top it off with 1 ½ ounces of single malt scotch and garnish with candied ginger for added style.
Cool Scotch Drinks to Enjoy This Summer
#12 Summer Breeze
If you’re looking for a warm-weather Scotch cooler, the Summer Breeze is it. But what makes it such a cool summery refreshment? The addition of raspberries and guava juice, of course.
To make this sweet Scotch cocktail muddle 1.5 cups of raspberries with a tablespoon of sugar. Add 6 ounces of Scotch, 6 ounces of guava juice, and 1 ½ ounces of framboise. Shake that over ice and strain it into rocks glasses. Top it off with a splash of club soda and garnish with a mint leaf.
#13 Bitter Scotsman
Anything over ice can seem refreshing, but we love the Bitter Scotsman for its complexity of flavors and, well, straight up attitude.
To make this tasty drink, combine 2 ounces of Scotch, ¾ ounces of almond-flavored syrup, ¾ ounces of fresh lemon juice, and ½ ounce of Campari in a shaker with ice. Shake it up and pour into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lemon wheel and a pinch of ground cinnamon for taste.
#14 Cameron’s Cooler
As one of the most refreshing Scotch cocktails we know of, the Cameron’s Cooler proves that a glass of Scotch isn’t just for cold winter nights beside a fire. You’ll need your fair share of ingredients for this one, but it’s well worth the effort.
Combine 12 ounces of blended Scotch with 4 ounces of dry white wine, 4 ounces of fresh lemon juice, and 4 ounces of simple syrup. Refrigerate that mixture for about 1 hour. After it’s chilled, pour it over ice and shake. Strain the mix into Collins glasses with ice, and top it off with a splash of ginger beer and a dash of Angostura bitters.
Frozen drinks are meant for hot summer days, and while the Blood and Sand is a classic Scotch cocktail, the frozen version is SO MUCH BETTER. It’s just the right parts fruity and spicy to get your blood pumpin’ on a warm summer night
Mix 6 ounces of Scotch with 4 ounces of blood orange juice, 3 ounces of sweet vermouth, 2 ounces of cherry syrup, and 1 ounce of Grand Marnier. Add 4 dashes of Angostura bitters and freeze for a minimum of 8 hours. When you’re ready to serve your drinks, pour the mixture into a blender with plenty of ice. Blend it till smooth, pour in a glass, and garnish with blood orange slices and cherries.
Have a Scotch cocktail that you love that didn’t make our list? Don’t be shy – go ahead and share your favorite drink recipes with us in the comments below.
We hope you enjoy (just not too much)