The word whisky derives from the Gaelic term ‘uisce beatha’ which means ‘water of life’. This fond term is a great indication of how important whisky is in Scotland, not just as a spirit, but a way of life. With over 120 distilleries in Scotland that sell 1,2 billion bottles of Scotch whisky every year, the whisky industry is central to Scottish economy and culture, so we want to give you a bit of an insight into this world by sharing our favourite Scotch whisky cocktails.

What is Scotch?

Scotch whisky is made in Scotland from water and barley, and there is a five step production process that involves malting, mashing, fermentation, distillation and maturation. There are two types of scotch; the first is single malt which means that the scotch is made up of a blend of whiskies from the same distillery. The second is blended whisky meaning that it’s a blend of a whiskies from different distilleries. For a more in depth understanding of scotch whisky and whisky in general, take a look at our whisky guide, which will resolve any whisky query you could think of!

There are many specifications  for what can be officially called ‘scotch whisky’, like the fact that it can only be aged in Scotland in oak casks and may not be bottled unless it is over 40% ABV. It must be aged for a minimum of 3 years and has to be distilled to an ABV of less than 94.8%.

Scotch Whisky Cocktails

The best way to enjoy scotch is with water as this is when the flavours and aromas really stand out as water opens it up. But if you don’t fancy the idea of whisky, or you’re in search of new ways to enjoy your favourite spirit, we’ve got some great cocktail options for you.

1. Rusty Nail

Rusty nail cocktail recipe

It may not be the most enticing cocktail name but don’t let it put you off this drink. Made up of sweet Drambuie liqueur and delicious scotch, this drink combines a variety of flavours that will leave your taste buds wanting more!


3cl of Grant’s Scotch Whisky
3cl of Drambuie

2. Godfather

This cocktail became popular in the disco era, in the 1970’s. No one is sure of its origins but some say that it is named after the famous film starring Marlon Brando. This drink is a simple mix of scotch and Amaretto. It doesn’t sound like much, but these two ingredients blend together to create sweet honey almond notes.


3cl of Grant’s Scotch Whisky
3cl of De Kuyper Amaretto

3. Rob Roy

This Scottish cocktail has a great balance of ingredients. With sweet, bitter and herbal flavours, it’s easy to create and can be altered to suit personal taste. It’s a Manhattan but with scotch and it tastes just as delicious!


2 dashes of Angostura Bitters
6cl of Grant’s Scotch Whisky
2cl of sweet vermouth

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