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15 perfect cocktails for your brunch party

Let’s raise a toast to the most important meal of the weekend. Combining the flavours of breakfast with the fun and flair of a well-crafted fruity cocktail, drinks with brunch are the perfect way to unwind and indulge after a long week.

Here we’ve handpicked the best brunch cocktails and breakfast drinks that will elevate your late morning meal to the next level. Grab your whisky, grab your shaker, and let’s get mixing.

Remember to drink responsibly – you still have the rest of the day to get through.

Mango Tea Lime Smash

With its irresistible combination of fruity sweetness and bold whisky flavours, the Mango Smash is sure to become your new favourite summer sipper. After mixing The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve with chilled mango black tea, you can sit back and enjoy your brunch in style.

the glenlivet founders reserve mango tea lime smash whisky cocktail

COCKTAIL RECIPE
FOR
1
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INGREDIENTS

ml oz
Ingredients Unit
The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve
50 ml
Chilled Double Strong Mango Black Tea
37.5 ml
Simple Syrup or Honey Syrup
12.5 ml
Mint Leaves
8
Lime Wedges
3

METHOD

  1. Combine simple syrup, lime, and mint in shaker. Muddle.
  2. Add whisky, tea, and ice. Shake. Pour into glass.
  3. Garnish with a lime wedge and mint.

Scottish Spring Matcha

Here is one that is guaranteed to impress your guests. With a vibrant green colour and a delicious blend of coconut and lime, this cocktail will wash down those pancakes nicely. To top it off, an edible flower adds a touch of elegance to this already delightful matcha cocktail.

COCKTAIL RECIPE
FOR
1
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INGREDIENTS

ml oz
Ingredients Unit
The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve
2 Parts
Cream of coconut
2 Parts
Matcha
0.25 Parts
Lime Juice
0.5 Parts

METHOD

  1. Combine ingredients in shaker
  2. Shake and strain
  3. Garnish top with matcha dusting and with edible flowers

Maple Whisky Sour

Indulge in this tasty twist on a cocktail classic. The Maple Whisky Sour features the creamy notes of The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve whisky, perfectly complemented by the sweet taste of maple syrup, and a hit of sour lemon. Garnish with a spiral of zest and serve.

the-glenlivet-maple-whisky-sour-cocktail

COCKTAIL RECIPE
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1
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INGREDIENTS

ml oz
Ingredients Unit
The Glenlivet 12 Year Old
50 ml
Lemon Juice
25 ml
Maple Syrup
15 ml
Egg White/20ml Aquafaba (Optional)
1

METHOD

  1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with Cubed Ice.
  2. Shake.
  3. Double Strain into Rocks Glass over Cubed Ice OR a Chilled Coupe without ice.
  4. Garnish with a Zest of Lemon.
  5. Serve.

Spiced Spey Coffee

Yes, a coffee is nice with breakfast, but this is brunch. Introducing your new favourite whisky coffee cocktail. Featuring The Glenlivet 12 Year Old whisky, this recipe offers a unique blend of smoky coffee and smooth, creamy flavours – the addition of dark chocolate and cayenne pepper creates a subtle, yet satisfying kick. After pouring, grate some chocolate on top and enjoy.

12YO Kilted Coffee Cocktail

COCKTAIL RECIPE
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1
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INGREDIENTS

ml oz
Ingredients Unit
The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve
30 ml
Freshly Brewed Filter Coffee
150 ml
Boiling Water
10 ml
Brown Sugar
1 tsp
Lightly Whipped Double Cream
2 tbsp

METHOD

  1. To a heated Toddy Glass, add the Brown Sugar and Boiling Hot Water.
  2. Stir the mixture to dissolve the Brown Sugar.
  3. Add The Glenlivet Founders Reserve to the mixture.
  4. Add Freshly Brewed Filter Coffee to the mixture.
  5. Layer lightly whipped Double Cream to the top of the liquid so it sits atop the mixture.
  6. Grate Nutmeg over the Cream.
  7. Serve.

Pineapple Lime Smash

Looking for a fresh summer cocktail idea to replace your go-to piña colada? Give this Pineapple Whisky Smash a try. Made with The Glenlivet Caribbean Reserve, juicy pineapple, and zesty lime, it’s a fruity concoction that is sure to be a hit amongst your guests.

COCKTAIL RECIPE
FOR
1
SERVE

INGREDIENTS

ml oz
Ingredients Unit
The Glenlivet Caribbean Reserve
50 ml
Chilled Pineapple Juice
37.5 ml
Lime Wedges
2
Simple Syrup
12.5 ml
Mint Leaves
8

METHOD

  1. Combine simple syrup, lime and mint within shaker. Muddle.
  2. Add whisky and ice. Shake and pour into glass.
  3. Top with chilled pineapple juice.
  4. Garnish with a lime wedge and mint.

Full Scottish Marmalade

Don’t just spread it on your toast, add it to your shaker too. This marmalade cocktail is a serious crowd pleaser. The Glenlivet 15 Year Old whisky, partnered with bitter orange and a splash of port makes for a tasty serve with a gorgeous ruby colour. Happy mixing!

the glenlivet 15 year old full scottish marmalade whisky cocktail

COCKTAIL RECIPE
FOR
1
SERVE

INGREDIENTS

ml oz
Ingredients Unit
The Glenlivet 15 Year Old
50 ml
Lemon Juice
20 ml
White Port or Ruby Port
15 ml
Simple Syrup
5 ml
Orange Marmalade
15 ml

METHOD

  1. Place all ingredients (including the marmalade) in a cocktail shaker and shake hard.
  2. Strain into a whisky tumbler filled with cubed ice.
  3. Garnish with thin strips of orange zest similar to the ones found in marmalade.

The Glenlivet Royale

Whether you’re celebrating, or just a big fan of the bubbly, this whisky champagne cocktail is sure to make your brunch a special one. Combine The Glenlivet 12, lemon juice, honey water and pop open a bottle of the best. This one is certain to put smiles on faces.

COCKTAIL RECIPE
FOR
1
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INGREDIENTS

ml oz
Ingredients Unit
The Glenlivet 12 Year Old
35 ml
Lemon Juice
15 ml
Honey Water
15 ml
Champagne
80 ml
Lemon Twist

METHOD

  1. Pour The Glenlivet 12, lemon juice and honey water into a chilled flute.
  2. Top with champagne, stir and garnish with a lemon twist.

Whisky Hot Chocolate

It’s very hard to beat a hot chocolate when you’re tucking into a flakey croissant. With that said, adding a glug of whisky takes it up a notch. Garnish with a spiral of squirty cream, a touch of cinnamon, and there you have it – a delicious whisky hot chocolate.

Whisky Hot Chocolate - The Glenlivet

COCKTAIL RECIPE
FOR
1
SERVE

INGREDIENTS

ml oz
Ingredients Unit
The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve
50 ml
Milk of Choice
250 ml
Cocoa Powder
1 tbsp
Soft Brown Sugar
1 tsp
Chocolate of Choice (Finely Chopped)
25 g
Cinnamon (For Garnish)
Sprinkle

METHOD

  1. To a pan, add the Milk and gently heat (don’t allow to boil).
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and lightly whisk to dissolve all components into the Milk.
  3. Remove from the heat.
  4. Separately, add The Glenlivet Founders Reserve to a heated mug.
  5. Add the hot chocolate mixture over the whisky and stir lightly.
  6. Garnish with squirty cream, extra finely chopped chocolate and cinnamon.
  7. Serve.

Grapefruit Paloma

Meet the Grapefruit Paloma, our citrusy take on a Mexican classic. After shaking your whisky, grapefruit juice, lime juice and sugar syrup, strain into a highball glass and top with soda. Make sure to add a wedge of grapefruit to the rim for extra style points.

COCKTAIL RECIPE
FOR
1
SERVE

INGREDIENTS

ml oz
Ingredients Unit
The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve
50 ml
Grapefruit Juice
45 ml
Lime Juice
10 ml
Sugar Syrup
15 ml

METHOD

  1. Shake the Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve, grapefruit juice, lime juice and sugar syrup together.
  2. Strain into highball filled with ice and top with soda water.
  3. Garnish with grapefruit wedge.

Scotch Milk Punch

This Milk Punch is so good you’ll want to pour it over your cereal. Shake up your milk, powdered sugar and The Glenlivet 12 Year Old whisky. Any dairy or non-dairy milk works well, so all your guests can sip away. Garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg and let brunch commence.

the-glenlivet-scotch-milk-punch

COCKTAIL RECIPE
FOR
1
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INGREDIENTS

ml oz
Ingredients Unit
The Glenlivet 12 Year Old
50 ml
Powdered Sugar
1 tsp.
Your Milk Of Choice
230 ml
Nutmeg To Garnish

METHOD

  1. Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake.
  2. Strain into a glass.
  3. Garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg.

Small Voice Of Calm

Refresh your guests with this wonderfully zingy whisky lemon cocktail. This serve has delightful floral undertones and just enough fizz to tickle your tastebuds. Garnish with chamomile flowers or a wedge of lemon – or both, why not?

the glenlivet founders reserve small voice of calm whisky cocktail

COCKTAIL RECIPE
FOR
1
SERVE

INGREDIENTS

ml oz
Ingredients Unit
The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve
50 ml
Chamomile Tea Syrup
25 ml
Lemon Juice
10 ml
Soda Water
100 ml
Lemon Wedge for Garnish
Dried Camomile Flowers (for the Syrup)
10 g
Caster Sugar (for the Syrup)
300 g

METHOD

  1. Pour the whisky, lemon juice and syrup into a cocktail shaker and lightly shake to mix the ingredients.
  2. Strain over cubed ice in a short glass and top up with chilled soda water.
  3. Garnish with chamomile flowers or a wedge of lemon.

Punch Fresco

This watermelon cocktail is the sweet treat that every good brunch deserves. The tropical notes in The Glenlivet Carribean Reserve blend perfectly with the watermelon to create an exotic boom of flavour. Save back a few melon slices to slide down the rim of the glass and serve with a sprig of mint.

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1
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INGREDIENTS

ml oz
Ingredients Unit
The Glenlivet Caribbean Reserve
75 ml
Watermelon Chunks
4
Watermelon Juice (Alternative to Watermelon Chunks)
75 ml
Sugar Cane or Agave
1 tsp
Tajin (for Garnish)

METHOD

  1. Muddle all ingredients.
  2. Add ice.
  3. Garnish with mint and watermelon slice.
  4. Optional garnish: Rim of Tajin.

Golden Storm

Spice up your brunch with this delicious whisky and ginger cocktail. The Golden Storm showcases the signature spiciness of ginger, accompanied by the creaminess of The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve, resulting in an irresistible sipper. Your guests will seriously thank you for this one.

the glenlivet founders reserve golden storm highball whisky cocktails

COCKTAIL RECIPE
FOR
1
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INGREDIENTS

ml oz
Ingredients Unit
The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve
50 ml
Lemon Juice
20 ml
Golden Ginger Syrup
25 ml
Soda Water
120 ml
Ginger Root (for the Syrup)
1 tsp

METHOD

  1. Stir together The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve, lemon juice and golden ginger syrup in a tall glass with cubed ice.
  2. Top up with soda water.
  3. Garnish with a sliced ginger and pieces of crystallised ginger.

Scotch & Soda

It’s quick and easy, yet undeniably refreshing. For this classic combo, add a splash of your favourite whisky and top with quality soda water – simple as that. Give it a stir and place a wheel of lemon on top. It’s impossible to go wrong with a Whisky and Soda.

COCKTAIL RECIPE
FOR
1
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INGREDIENTS

ml oz
Ingredients Unit
The Glenlivet Founders Reserve
150 ml
Soda
150 ml
Lemon Peel

METHOD

  1. Fill your glass full with ice.
  2. Add whisky and top with soda.
  3. Garnish with lemon wheel.

Grain & Cane

Raspberry lovers, keep reading. This serve takes inspiration from the traditional Scottish dessert, Cranachan, and incorporates white balsamic vinegar for a unique depth of flavour. You’ll also need The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve, fresh raspberries, lemon juice and sugar syrup. A raspberry cocktail like this is a guaranteed winner wherever it’s served.

the glenlivet founders reserve grain and cane whisky cocktails

COCKTAIL RECIPE
FOR
1
SERVE

INGREDIENTS

ml oz
Ingredients Unit
The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve
50 ml
Fresh Raspberries
5
Lemon Juice
15 ml
White Balsamic Vinegar
5 ml
Simple Syrup
15 ml

METHOD

  1. Shake all ingredients with ice and strain over crushed ice in a highball glass.
  2. Garnish with fresh raspberries and a grind of black pepper.