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Easy Cocktails to Make at Home for Whisky Drinkers

After multiple lockdowns many of us have become experts at making cocktails at home. All those long nights in with no access to a bar or pub led to us getting creative in the beverage department, from mixing Margaritas and Mojitos to Pornstar Martinis, no alcohol in the cupboard was left unturned. Whether you prefer to hit the local or host your drinks at home, a cocktail is always a treat.

Whisky can often be neglected when it comes to at home cocktails. A cocktail with a The Glenlivet base is delicious and unbeatable (in our totally unbiased opinion) for established whisky drinkers and newbies alike.

Discover our top easy whisky cocktails to make at home. Go to back to basics with these simple but delicious whisky cocktails that you’ll find yourself making time and time again.

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Whisky Sour

This classic whisky cocktail has been a go-to cocktail for generations. It has a tart flavour with a silky-smooth consistency, that will leave you wanting to make this cocktail at home or ordering at the bar. Master the classic recipe and then you can get creative with other flavours of your choice.

COCKTAIL RECIPE
FOR
1
SERVE

INGREDIENTS

ml oz
Ingredients Unit
The Glenlivet 12 Year Old
50 ml
Lemon Juice
25 ml
Simple Syrup
12 ml
Egg White or Aquafaba (Optional)
12 ml

METHOD

  1. Build in shaker.
  2. Add ice and shake again until well-chilled.
  3. Strain into glass.
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Hot Toddy

A Hot Toddy is the perfect beverage during the cold seasons. It’s warming, tasty and even thought to help sore throats – what’s not to love? All you need to make this tasty cocktail is hot water, whisky, honey and lemon. The whisky’s rich, smoky, deep flavour is perfectly balanced by the sweetness of the honey and tart taste of the lemon – this cocktail is truly a winner and the perfect refreshment to cuddle up next to the fire with.

COCKTAIL RECIPE
FOR
1
SERVE

INGREDIENTS

ml oz
Ingredients Unit
The Glenlivet 12 Year Old
40 ml
Lemon Juice
15 ml
Honey
15 ml
Apple Cider
80 ml
Grated Cinnamon, Cayenne, and Lemon Wheel (for Garnish)

METHOD

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mug.
  2. Serve hot or chilled.
  3. Garnish with grated cinnamon, dusting of cayenne, lemon wheel.
the glenlivet caribbean reserve tartan tiki whisky cocktail

Tartan Tiki

This Tiki party fave is similar to Mai Tai, which is traditionally mixed with rum, but we've given it a smooth upgrade with The Glenlivet Caribbean Reserve to create this summer whisky cocktail.

This cocktail has a fresh and fruity flavour at hat is great cocktail choice for adventurous whisky drinkers as well as those in the early stages of discovery.

COCKTAIL RECIPE
FOR
1
SERVE

INGREDIENTS

ml oz
Ingredients Unit
The Glenlivet Caribbean Reserve
50 ml
Pineapple Juice
25 ml
Angostura Bitters
2 dashes
Peach Sparkling Water

METHOD

  1. Build all ingredients over ice in a glass.
  2. Top with peach sparkling water.
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Grain & Cane

This summer cocktail uses white balsamic vinegar to add a touch of vinous acidity and complexity to a refreshingly fruity whisky cocktail.

The Scottish climate defines the character of The Glenlivet whisky. These same conditions also make Scottish raspberries the best in the world. The combination of whisky and raspberries is a historical favourite – which also happens to be key ingredients to Scotland's most famous dessert Cranachan!

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.
the glenlivet 18 year old ultimate old fashioned whisky cocktail drink

THE OLD FASHIONED

A true whisky cocktail classic, The Old Fashioned has been a staple since the 17th Century and was created in the USA to offer a smooth alternative to the harsh pre-prohibition whiskies

When using a high quality whisky such as The Glenlivet 18 Year Old, the key is to use the finest possible ingredients, the freshest oranges and a blend of bitters designed specifically to bring out the very best of the whisky. This cocktail is delicious and super simple to make at home, with only three ingredients included this cocktail is hard to get wrong.

COCKTAIL RECIPE
FOR
1
SERVE

INGREDIENTS

ml oz
Ingredients Unit
The Glenlivet 18 Year Old
50 ml
Unrefined Cane Sugar
5 g
Perfect Bitters Blend
2 dashes

METHOD

  1. Add the unrefined caster sugar into the glass and add a little whisky and ice.
  2. Stir slowly to dissolve the sugar for about half a minute, add a little more whisky and the bitters and continue to stir for another minute.
  3. Add the remaining whisky and stir, taste for balance and adjust if necessary.
  4. Garnish with a large orange twist expressed over the surface of the drink.

Whether you’re hosting friends at home or having a quiet night in on your own, these easy cocktails are the perfect way to celebrate or unwind for both whisky drinkers and whisky newcomers. Share yours and join the conversation using @TheGlenlivet #BreakTheSterotype.