Spirits & Liqueurs Scotch

11 Delicious Scotch Cocktails to Make Right Now

Speyside Smash.

Scotch is one of the most distinct spirits in the world, beloved for its smoky, malty flavors. We tend to imagine it being sipped neat from a heavy-bottomed glass and not shaken or stirred in a cocktail. Well it’s time to change that perception. These 11 scotch cocktails prove that scotch is no one-trick pony.

  • Rapscallion

    Single-malt scotch is great when sipped on its own, but mixing with a few key ingredients can help elevate it even further. Try the Rapscallion. Aberlour A'Bunadh single-malt scotch takes on a deeper flavor when combined with sherry, Luxardo maraschino liqueur and just a dash of absinthe.

  • Spin Move

    Fresh green cardamom pods lend their warmly spiced flavors to scotch and cognac in this Indian-inspired libation. Equal parts Dewar’s White Label blended scotch and D’USSÉ cognac are lifted with St-Germain, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup and a dash of bitters.

  • Hebridean Shores

    Tim Nusog

    Straight from Glasgow, this cocktail’s light and fruity flavors set it apart from other, heavier scotch cocktails. Fresh pink grapefruit juice, peach schnapps and just a touch of sherry are enough to add sweetness to scotch, while an IPA float keeps everything grounded.

  • Robert Baratheon

    Single-malt scotch and vermouth can play nice—and even bring out each others’ flavors—when combined in a carefully crafted cocktail like the Robert Baratheon. A dash of maraschino liqueur and bitters help to round it all out, and an orange peel is the perfect light garnish.

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  • Bee Sting

    Tim Nusog

    This cocktail may float out of the glass and into your mouth like a butterfly, but be warned: It definitely stings like a bee. The combination of honey liqueur, scotch, Fernet-Branca, egg white, tangerine juice and bitters is both potent and delicious.

  • Talking Backwards

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    A 10-year-old scotch is the ideal smoky and malty base in this lightly sweet cocktail. Chamomile-infused Chilean pisco and blueberry honey syrup add extra prep time to this recipe, but you’ll see they’re worth it after one sip.

  • Fall from the Tree

    Fall from the Tree.

    Welcome autumn with this warm cocktail that uses the best flavors of the season: brown spirits, cinnamon and apples. Mix them all with a touch of lemon juice and a dash of bitters for a tailgating cocktail that you can make in advance to keep the party running smoothly all day.

  • Sin Cyn

    This cocktail is so easy it almost doesn’t need a recipe. Simply mix equal parts scotch, Cynar and Carpano Antica Formula vermouth with ice, then strain and garnish with an orange twist. Simple yet sinful.

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  • Harvest Time

    Zandy Mangold

    As the nights get colder, warm up with this hot drink. The mixture of scotch, Campari, ginger syrup and yuzu juice would be warming on its own, but things really heat up when it’s mixed with warm apple cider.

  • Rusty Compass

    Tim Nusog

    Who needs to know exactly where they’re going? With this cocktail, the journey is all the fun. Compass Box The Peat Monster blended malt scotch is the uniquely peaty backbone for Drambuie and Heering cherry liqueur. Top with an orange twist and enjoy the ride.

  • Speyside Smash

    Speyside Smash.

    Take your scotch to the tropics with this quaffable libation. Equal parts single-malt scotch and pineapple rum are a balanced blend of sweet and smoky. A touch of sugar, some fresh lime juice and a handful of mint leaves make everything come together in perfect harmony.