Home Our Community

12 Whisky Holiday Drinks To Sip This Christmas

Whisky. It’s a wonderfully warming tipple. So it comes as no surprise that whisky has cemented itself in many family traditions across the world during the winter months and the Christmas holidays.

New to whisky? Or looking for a new way to sip a dram during the holidays? We’ve put together a shortlist of some of the most delicious whisky cocktails to accompany your Christmas get-togethers.

The world of whisky cocktails is expanding. Here are twelve of our favourite winter cocktails to try out this festive period.

1. Apple Cinnamon Spritz

Look no further than the name of this one to start feeling festive and enjoy some Christmas cheer. For some, Christmas is all about bringing people together, and this is a wonderful whisky cocktail to enjoy as the nights draw in. Bubbles for celebration, apple cider for fruitiness, cinnamon for a taste of Christmas, and The Glenlivet 12 Year Old makes this a delightfully wintery whisky apple cocktail.

the glenlivet apple cinnamon spritz whisky cocktail mobile

Apple Cinnamon Spritz

COCKTAIL RECIPE
FOR
1
SERVE

INGREDIENTS

ml oz
Ingredients Unit
The Glenlivet 12 Year Old
30 ml
Apple Cider
50 ml
Simple Syrup
25 ml
Ground Cinnamon
1 Large Pinch
Brut Sparkling Wine or Champagne
75 ml
Apple Slices, Lemon Round, and Cinnamon Stick (for Garnish)
Ice Cubes

METHOD

  1. Pour the apple cider, The Glenlivet 12 Year Old, and simple syrup into the bottom of a wine glass.
  2. Sprinkle with the cinnamon, add ice, and stir to combine until well chilled.
  3. Top with sparkling wine, garnish with apple slices, lemon, and cinnamon stick, and serve immediately.

2. Ginger Hot Toddy

Gather all your winter clothing, light up the fire and enjoy a classic Bonfire Ginger Hot Toddy with kicks of ginger and clove, perfectly matched with citrusy, sweet tones. We’re imagining Christmas singalongs, thick socks and gloves and gossip aplenty whilst sipping on this truly warming drink. It’s a fiery whisky cocktail, certain to be enjoyed on those crisp, clear December evenings.

the glenlivet 12 year old hot toddy whisky cocktail drink

Ginger Hot Toddy

COCKTAIL RECIPE
FOR
1
SERVE

INGREDIENTS

ml oz
Ingredients Unit
The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve
50 ml
Lemon Juice
15 ml
Ginger Syrup
15 ml
Angostura Bitters
2 dashes
Hot Water
Lemon Wedge (for Garnish)

METHOD

  1. Combine ingredients within enamel mug.
  2. Top with hot water.
  3. Garnish Lemon Wedge (studded with cloves if possible).

3. Spiced Spey Coffee

Chocolate. Coffee. Whisky. Three Christmas staples all brought together into a beautiful whisky cocktail… with added unsweetened cream for good measure! You’ve got the sweet yet rich tones from the dark chocolate; and from the coffee, warmth and the feeling of being cosy in your front room. The Glenlivet 12 Year Old adds smooth, fruity notes bringing all the flavours in this recipe together. A scotch with The Glenlivet’s own spin on coffee cocktails, usually associated with Irish whisky.

COCKTAIL RECIPE
FOR
1
SERVE

INGREDIENTS

ml oz
Ingredients Unit
The Glenlivet 12 Year Old
40 ml
Liquid Chocolate
15 ml
Simple Syrup
10 ml
Americano Coffee/strong Filter Coffee
75 ml
Cayenne Pepper
1 small pinch(es)
Lightly Whipped Double Cream
40 ml

METHOD

  1. Warm a small wine glass with boiling water and then pour it out.
  2. Mix the chocolate, whisky, coffee, syrup and cayenne pepper together in a heated glass.
  3. Gently pour the cream over the back of a spoon to create a creamy layer.
  4. Garnish with chocolate shavings, adding another small pinch of cayenne pepper.

4. The Side Kick

Side Kick by name, main character by nature. The Side Kick is rightfully the one for those daring enough to play with flavours. Effortlessly suited to the winter months and Christmas parties, the Side Kick is a mix between a Sidecar and Cameron’s Kick. It’s short, it’s funky and it’s bold – and it looks the part, whether you’re hosting or dining on a table of many. The aged bitters that make up this whisky cocktail add tones of cinnamon and clove to an otherwise fruity flavour.

the glenlivet captains reserve sidekick whisky cocktail drink

The Side Kick

COCKTAIL RECIPE
FOR
1
SERVE

INGREDIENTS

ml oz
Ingredients Unit
The Glenlivet Captain’s Reserve
50 ml
Palo Cortado Sherry
10 ml
Lemon Juice
20 ml
Almond Orgeat
25 ml
Barrel Aged Bitters
2 dashes

METHOD

  1. Shake and strain into a coupette, grate nutmeg.

5. Auld Alliance

Strong, simple and ideal for those seeking great flavours. The Auld Alliance combines the sweetness of French wine with the boldness and intricacy of The Glenlivet 18 Year Old. It’s the sort of whisky we’d leave out for Santa so that once he returns home, he can celebrate his success with something strong, reflecting on the joy he’s brought around the world. Excuse the metaphor, but it’s that kind of celebratory whisky cocktail.

the glenlivet 18 year old auld alliance whisky cocktail

Auld Alliance

COCKTAIL RECIPE
FOR
1
SERVE

INGREDIENTS

ml oz
Ingredients Unit
The Glenlivet 18 Year Old
35 ml
Sauternes
35 ml

METHOD

  1. Pour The Glenlivet 18 and wine into a mixing glass full of ice.
  2. Stir to chill and slightly dilute.
  3. Strain into a chilled coupette and garnish with an orange twist expressed over the drink.

6. Celebracion

We know what you might be thinking. The Glenlivet Caribbean Reserve surely lends itself to the summer months, to be enjoyed as the sun sets. But we’d argue strongly that the Celebracion is fit for any celebration, including Christmas and the holidays. Rompope is much like egg-nog, traditionally enjoyed around the festive period in the UK, and adds a certain creaminess that mixes beautifully with our Caribbean Reserve.

the glenlivet caribbiean reserve celebration coffee whisky cocktail

Celebracion

COCKTAIL RECIPE
FOR
1
SERVE

INGREDIENTS

ml oz
Ingredients Unit
The Glenlivet Caribbean Reserve
20 ml
Rompope
20 ml
Cold Brew
80 ml
Cinnamon (for Garnish)

METHOD

  1. Combine ingredients in a mug.
  2. Serve hot or chilled.
  3. Garnish with cinnamon.

7. Whisky Hot Chocolate

New to The Glenlivet’s whisky cocktail collection, the Whisky Hot Chocolate simply has to be one for whisky drinkers to sip on during the holidays. Much like the Ginger Hot Toddy, an authentic outdoor whisky-drinking experience feels like the right setting, but you might have other ideas. Perhaps a late evening Christmas Day treat, just as you start to doze off and relax into your arm chair.

Whisky Hot Chocolate

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

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 and extra Finely Chopped Chocolate.
  7. Serve.

8. Claymore

Scotland meets Japan to form the Claymore, another of our suggestions to experiment with this Christmas. Umeshu, a Japanese liqueur made from infusing rice wine with Ume, makes for a sweet and sour experience when sipping on a Claymore. It’s the secrecy of the Umeshu flavour that makes it a perfect accompaniment to The Glenlivet 12 Year Old, adding our tones of honey and sweetness to give a well-rounded, fruity winter cocktail for sipping as you wrap up the year.

the glenlivet 12 year old Umeshu Claymore whisky cocktail

Claymore

COCKTAIL RECIPE
FOR
1
SERVE

INGREDIENTS

ml oz
Ingredients Unit
The Glenlivet 12 Year Old
40 ml
Umeshu Plum Sake
20 ml
Ripe Plum for Garnish

METHOD

  1. Stir ingredients with ice in a mixing glass.
  2. Strain over ice in a rocks glass.
  3. Garnish with slices of ripe plum.

9. The Glenlivet Royale

If there is a new whisky drink you want to try out for Christmas Eve, this is it. There’s something quite blockbuster about The Glenlivet Royale, making it the perfect whisky cocktail to sip around the dinner table for your annual Christmas celebrations. Suited to big parties and celebrations, this simple but epic ‘royale’ combines our single malt with Champagne, and that’s when you know the party has started. Elegance embodied in a cocktail.

The Glenlivet Royale

COCKTAIL RECIPE
FOR
1
SERVE

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.

10. Golden Storm

The zing and punch of ginger itself is quite a warming, festive feeling and flavour. Match that with The Glenlivet’s Founder’s Reserve and you have a Golden Storm, best appreciated on those colder nights in winter. It’s simple, it’s fiery and it’s a whisky drinkers’ heaven – which might account for the name. Or more likely, it’s the gleaming colour of the cocktail, so elegant to look at.

the glenlivet founders reserve golden storm highball whisky cocktails

Golden Storm

COCKTAIL RECIPE
FOR
1
SERVE

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.

11. Elderflower and Peach New Fashioned

When time is of the essence, as it often is over the holidays, the Elderflower and Peach New Fashioned presents the unique opportunity to whip up an unforgettable whisky cocktail in very little time. Spending all your holidays wrapping presents, catching up with old friends or cooking – no problem. The New Fashioned is a new take on an old classic, and one that you should definitely make a part of your Christmas tradition.

Elderflower & Peach Old fashioned The Glenlivet 12YO

Elderflower and Peach Old Fashioned

COCKTAIL RECIPE
FOR
1
SERVE

INGREDIENTS

ml oz
Ingredients Unit
The Glenlivet 12 Year Old
50 ml
Elderflower Cordial
10 ml
Peach Bitters
3 dashes

METHOD

  1. Add ingredients to mixing glass.
  2. Stir down over ice.
  3. Serve over ice in a rocks glass.
  4. Garnish with peach slice.

12. Salted Caramel Single Malt

What is Christmas without the taste of caramel, seriously? Often found in your Christmas chocolate or biscuit selection, caramel or more recently salted caramel, plays a big role in the Christmas menu. Enjoy this drink with a slice of lemon to cut through its sugary sweetness. Christmas is often made up of rich food, and it feels like the Salted Caramel Single Malt was made to provide a bit of balance to that often overwhelming diet.

Salted Caramel Single Malt

COCKTAIL RECIPE
FOR
1
SERVE

INGREDIENTS

ml oz
Ingredients Unit
The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve
50 ml
Salted Caramel Syrup
7 ml
Amaro Nardini
1 Teaspoon
Angostura Bitters
2 Dashes
Salt
1 Pinch
Lemon and Orange Peel (for Garnish)

METHOD

  1. Stir ingredients together over ice.
  2. Garnish with a lemon and orange twist.