Many press releases from Whisky PR firms come with a cocktail recipe or two. Rather than waste the hard work of bartenders who created those recipes, we’re sharing them with the WhiskyCast community here. Recipes provided by whisky companies and their PR firms will be identified as such, and just because a recipe specifies a certain brand doesn’t mean you can’t use what you already have at home.

Wild Turkey’s Mint Julep

Wild Turkey's Mint Julep. Image courtesy Wild Turkey.April 15, 2015 – Mint Julep recipes are popular this time of year as Kentucky prepares for Derby Day at Churchill Downs. This recipe comes from the folks at Wild Turkey and calls for a twist — not of lime, but with Cynar, an artichoke liqueur.

1.5 ounces Cynar
¾ ounce Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon
½ ounce simple syrup
½ ounce of fresh lemon juice
½ ounce of fresh grapefruit juice
12 mint leaves
2 ounces of soda water
2 dashes of Fee Brothers Grapefruit Bitters

In a Julep cup or rocks glass, add mint and all other ingredients except for the soda water and bitters. Gently muddle, then add ice, soda, and top with bitters.

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Drambuie’s Cactus Bite

Drambuie's Cactus Bite. Image courtesy William Grant & Sons.April 15, 2015 – Drambuie created the Cactus Bite cocktail for Cinco de Mayo, but it would work on any warm summer day.

In a mixing tin half-filled with ice, add:

1 part Drambuie
2 parts Milagro Reposado Tequila
Juice of ½ lemon
½ teaspoon of sugar
1 dash Angostura Bitters

Shake until the tin is frosted, then strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with lemon or lime wedges and serve with a straw.

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Drambuie’s Highland Margarita

Drambuie's Highland Margarita. Image courtesy Drambuie.April 15, 2015 – Let’s face it…you’re not likely to see Cinco de Mayo celebrations in Scotland, but there’s no reason why one can’t celebrate with whisky liqueur-based cocktails. Drambuie’s PR firm has shared this recipe for the Highland Margarita:

In a mixing tin half-filled with ice, add:
½ part Drambuie
2 parts Milagro
½ part triple sec
Juice of 1 Lime

Shake until tin is frosted, then strain into a margarita glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a fresh lime wedge, and serve with a cocktail stirrer.

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Woodford Reserve’s 2015 Mint Julep

The Woodford Reserve 2015 Mint Julep Cups. Image courtesy Woodford Reserve.April 15, 2015 – Each year, Woodford Reserve creates a $1,000 Mint Julep for the Kentucky Derby to raise money for equestrian-related charities. The 2015 edition features a new recipe created by noted New York bartender Pamela Wiznitzer of The Dead Rabbit, and Woodford Reserve is sharing it with us…

2 ounces of Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Bourbon
.75 ounce Coconut Palm Sugar Syrup
6-8 chocolate mint sprigs
Candied orange and lemon slices for garnish
Powdered sugar

Combine ingredients and shake with the mint. In the Julep glass, place 3 sprigs of the mint at the bottom and top with crushed ice. Strain over crushed ice into the julep glass and insert a metal spoon straw. Top with a mint sprig, candied orange/lemon slices, and powdered sugar.

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Laphroaig’s Plaid & Peated

Laphroaig's Plaid & Peated cocktail. Image courtesy Laphroaig.March 25, 2015 – April 6 is National Tartan Day celebrating the contributions of Scotland and Scottish-Americans, and Laphroaig’s PR firm is sharing this cocktail recipe to mark the occasion:

1 part Laphroaig Quarter Cask
1⁄2 part dry Vermouth
1⁄2 part Cynar
1⁄2 part elderflower liqueur

Combine all ingredients in mixing glass with ice, stir well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

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Drambuie’s Golden Nail

Drambuie's Golden Nail cocktail. Image courtesy DrambuieFebruary 20, 2015 – This variation on the classic Rusty Nail was created by Drambuie brand ambassador Anthony Caporale. Here’s the recipe:

In a mixing tin half-filled with ice, add:
1 ounce Drambuie Scotch Liqueur
1 ounce Dewar’s White Label Scotch Whisky
1/2 ounce St. Germain elderflower liqueur
Juice of 1/2 lemon (1/2 ounce)

Shake until the tin is frosted, then strain into a martini glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

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Laphroaig’s Scot’s Cider

Laphroaig's Scot's Cider. Image courtesy Laphroaig/Beam Suntory.December 11, 2014 – With the holidays coming up, our friends at Laphroaig have created a hot and smoky drink to help keep whisky lovers warm during the winter. Here’s the recipe:

1 part Laphroaig 10-Year-Old Scotch Whisky
½ part DeKuyper Mixologist Series Ginger Liqueur
3 parts hot apple cider

Build in a pre-heated coffee mug. Garnish with a lemon wedge studded with cloves and a dash of fresh ground cinnamon.

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The Balvenie Apple Ballini

The Balvenie's Apple Ballini. Image courtesy William Grant & Sons. July 23, 2014 – The PR firm for William Grant & Sons USA sent this Balvenie-based recipe out to promote “National Scotch Whisky Day.” While the holiday is mythical, the cocktail is a variation on the Bellini.

2 parts Balvenie DoubleWood
3 parts fresh, cloudy Fiji apple juice
4 parts brut Champagne

Combine ingredients in a flute, and stir gently before serving

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Glenfiddich’s Blood & Sand

Glenfiddich's Blood & Sand cocktail. Image courtesy William Grant & Sons.July 23, 2014 – Glenfiddich’s PR firm sent around this recipe for the classic Blood & Sand cocktail around for “National Scotch Whisky Day.” While we don’t need a special day dedicated to Scotch, the cocktail itself dates back to 1922 and Rudolph Valentino’s movie “Blood & Sand” during the heart of the Prohibition era.

1 part Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Scotch Whisky
1 part Cherry Herring Liqueur
1 part Lillet Rouge (or other Sweet Vermouth)
1 part fresh orange juice
1 Orange half-moon slice

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and stir with ice. Pour over fresh ice in a rocks glass and garnish with an orange half-moon slice.

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Laphroaig’s Suntanned Scotsman

Laphroaig's Suntanned Scotsman. Image courtesy Laphroaig/DBC. July 21, 2014 – Laphroaig’s crack PR team sent this cocktail recipe around for the mythical “National Scotch Day” on July 27. Not sure who came up with the idea, but personally, I’ve never needed a holiday (official or not) to enjoy a dram. However, Laphroaig’s peaty and medicinal nature makes it a challenge for bartenders to use in a cocktail – so any time someone comes up with a recipe using Laphroaig, I’m interested.

1 1/2 parts Laphroaig 10
1 1/2 parts pineapple juice
1 1/2 parts cranberry juice

Build over ice in a highball glass, and garnish with a slice of pineapple on the rim.

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