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.

Nicola Riske’s Cocktails with The Macallan

April 8, 2020The Macallan European brand ambassador, Nicola Riske, shared these cocktail recipes with us on our WhiskyCast Live webcast from her home base in Madrid. They’re takes on classic cocktails that can easily be prepared at home.

The Macallan's Reverse Rob Roy cocktail. Image courtesy The Macallan.Reverse Rob Roy

2 ounces of sweet Vermouth
1 ounce of The Macallan Sherry Oak Cask 12 Years Old
2 dashes of Angostura bitters

Stir the ingredients in a mixing glass with ice, then strain into a chilled glass and garnish with a cherry or a lemon twist.

The Macallan's A Ginger Sunset cocktail. Image courtesy The Macallan.A Ginger Sunset

1 ounce of The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old
1/2 ounce of Oloroso Sherry
Ginger Ale (4 to 6 ounces to preference)
Orange twist

Over ice, build into a highball glass and give a gentle stir. Twist an orange peel over the glass to release its oils, then drop it into the drink.

The Macallan Copa cocktail. Image courtesy The Macallan.The Macallan Copa

1 ounce of The Macallan Double Cask 12 Year Old
1/2 ounce of Oloroso Sherry
Tonic (4 to 6 ounces to preference)
Lemon or orange wheel

Add all ingredients to a Copa filled with ice and garnish with the lemon or orange wheel.

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Robin Wolf’s Night Gardens

Robin Wolf's Night Gardens cocktail. Image courtesy Robin Wolf via

June 17, 2019 – Robin Wolf of The Hatch Rotisserie & Bar in Paso Robles, California won the 2019 cocktail competition for Tales of the Cocktail with this recipe featuring Suntory’s Toki Japanese whisky with her own Jasmine Tea Syrup.

  • 2 ounces of Suntory Toki Whisky
  • 1/2 ounce of Jasmine Tea Syrup*
  • Top with Q Club Soda

*Recipe for Jasmine Tea Syrup:
Mix equal parts cane sugar and hot jasmine tea (brew the tea strong). 1/2 cup dried jasmine to 4 cups water, steeped for 15 minutes and reheated to melt sugar (turning it into a 1:1 simple syrup).

  • Pour 2 oz. Suntory Toki Whisky over ice in a highball glass
  • Add Jasmine Tea Syrup and top with Q Club Soda
  • Gently stir with bar spoon
  • Express lemon rind over top and around edges of glass
  • Garnish with fresh jasmine
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High West’s Horse’s Neck and Rollin’ Ridge Cocktails

August 3, 2018 – Here are a couple of cocktail recipes provided by High West that use their “Double Rye!” and American Prairie Bourbon whiskies:

High West's Double Rye! Horse’s Neck Cocktail. Image courtesy High West.Double Rye! Horse’s Neck

1½ ounces of Double Rye!
½ ounce of American Prairie Bourbon
¼ ounce of fresh ginger juice
¼ ounce of fresh lemon juice
2 ounces of Fever Tree Ginger Beer

Fill an Old Fashioned glass with ice chips. Pour all ingredients into the glass and stir, then garnish with a lemon twist.

High West's American Prairie Bourbon Rollin’ Ridge Cocktail. Image courtesy High West.American Prairie Bourbon Rollin’ Ridge
1½ ounces of American Prairie Bourbon
½ ounce of blackberry sage syrup
¾ ounce of fresh lime juice
¼ ounce of Cynar
Tonic water

Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake until chilled. Strain into a Collins glass over ice and top with tonic water. Garnish with 2 lime wheels.

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The San Antonio Sour

The San Antonio Sour cocktail. Image courtesy JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa.August 3, 2018 – The Whiskey Sour is one of those classic cocktails that every good bartender knows how to make without thinking, but the bar team at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa in Texas came up with this unique variation after a lot of thought (and experimentation) using locally-distilled .44 Ranger Creek Rye Whiskey.

1.25 ounces of  .44 Ranger Creek Rye Whiskey
0.5 ounce of agave
0.5 ounce of  lemon juice
1 ounce of a “light-bodied” red wine

Combine the rye whiskey, agave and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker and shake. Strain over ice with a bar spoon, then layer the wine on top. Garnish with a lemon twist.

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Whyte & Mackay’s World Whisky Day Cocktails

May 14, 2018 – Whyte & Mackay shared these three cocktails created by noted New York City bartenders in time for World Whisky Day on Saturday, May 19. Patrick Smith of The Modern at The MOMA created The Dead Ringer using Jura 10-year-old, along with absinthe, Grand Marnier, and Amontillado sherry. Punch And Pie head bartender Logan Ronkaiken used Shackleton Whisky and Blue Curacao in his Arctic Seals cocktail, and the bar team at the Baccarat Hotel created La Dame de Coeur using The Dalmore 12-year-old (with a little bit of help from another single malt).

The Dead Ringer cocktail. Image courtesy Whyte & Mackay.The Dead Ringer

1 bar spoon of absinthe
1/4 ounce of Grand Marnier
1/4 ounce of Amontillado sherry
1/2 ounce of Honey syrup
3/4 of a lemon
1 1/2 ounces of Jura 10

Shake and fine strain into a coupe.


The Arctic Seas cocktail. Image courtesy Whyte & Mackay.Arctic Seas
1 1/2 ounces of Shackleton Whisky
1/2 ounce of blue Curaçao
1 ounce of coconut cream
1/2 ounce of spiced raisin syrup
3/4 ounce of fresh lime juice

Shake all ingredients in a tin with ice. Strain over fresh crushed ice.


The La Dame de Coeur Cocktail. Image courtesy Whyte & Mackay.La Dame de Coeur

2 ounces of The Dalmore 12
1 ounce of Montanaro Rosso vermouth
3/4 ounce of Cappelletti
4 dashes of orange bitters
2 dashes of Angostura bitters
Rinse of Laphroaig 10-year-old Scotch

Rinse the glass with Laphroaig. Mix all remaining ingredients in a glass beaker and stir, then strain into the glass. Spritz with orange peel zest and discard. Add 1 spray of Laphroaig on top.

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Heaven Hill’s Mint Julep

While the Mint Julep is most often thought of in connection with horse racing, particularly the Kentucky Derby, the history behind the drink goes back to the early days of alcohol distilling in the Middle East. It’s also a cocktail that can be enjoyed all spring and summer long – not just on the first Saturday in May. Here’s the recipe Heaven Hill National Brand Educator Lynn House shared with us for her Mint Julep.

2.5 ounces of Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon
1.5 to 2 teaspoons of powdered sugar (sweeten to taste)
1 teaspoon of water
8 mint leaves

In a Julep cup add the mint, sugar and water.  Muddle to release the oils and dissolve the sugar, then fill the Julep cup with shaved ice.  Pour bourbon over the ice and stir until frost develops on the outside of the Julep cup.  Top the cup off with more ice and garnish with a fresh spring of mint, but smack the mint first to release the oils.

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Heaven Hill’s The Dandy

The Dandy is one of those Prohibition-era cocktails that’s making a comeback, and Heaven Hill National Brand Educator Lynn House shared her recipe with us…

1.25 ounces of Dubonnet Rouge
1.5 ounces of Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon
.25 ounce of Dry Curaçao
2 dashes of Angostura Bitters
2 dashes of Regan’s Orange Bitters

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass, ice and stir until well chilled.  Serve up in a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange swath.

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Highland Park’s Viking Gold

Highland Park's Viking Gold cocktail. Image courtesy Highland Park/Edrington.

Highland Park’s Viking Gold cocktail. Image courtesy Highland Park/Edrington.

Highland Park provided this cocktail recipe created by San Francisco-based bartender Brian MacGregor for the holiday season that features the Highland Park Magnus single malt Scotch.

1.5 ounces of Highland Park Magnus
.5 ounce of cinnamon-infused maple syrup
.5 ounce of lemon juice
1 bar spoon of apple butter

Shake and strain over fresh ice, then garnish with apple slices and a cinnamon stick.

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Jim Beam’s Black Sail

Jim Beam's Black Sail Cocktail. Photo ©2017, Mark Gillespie/CaskStrength Media.

Matt Jones is not only Jim Beam’s Canadian brand ambassador, but a veteran bartender. He created this variation on the Manhattan for the Jim Beam-sponsored Bourbon dinner at the 2017 New Brunswick Spirits Festival, and graciously provided us with the recipe.

1.5 ounces of Jim Beam Black Bourbon
.5 ounce of Averna Amaro liqueur
.5 ounce of cinnamon simple syrup (or add cinnamon to standard simple syrup)
2-3 dashes of Fee Brothers Black Walnut Bitters

Stir with ice, then pour over lemon zest into a rocks glass.

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Highland Park’s Halloween Cocktails

October 25, 2017 – OK, they came out just in time for Halloween, but these cocktail recipes provided by Highland Park using its Magnus single malt should work all fall and winter long.

Highland Park's Foggy Memory cocktail. Image courtesy Highland Park.Foggy Memory

2 ounces of Highland Park Magnus
1 bar spoon of honey syrup
4 dashes allspice dram

Build over large cube in a large rocks glass. Smoke in smoking chamber before serving. Garnish with a broad orange peel.

Highland Park's The Funeral Pyre cocktail. Image courtesy Highland Park.The Funeral Pyre

2 ounces of Highland Park Magnus
1 ounce of pineapple juice
1 ounce of lime juice
1/2 ounce of orange juice
1 ounce of coconut cream

Shake and strain over crushed ice into a Collins glass. Garnish with grated nutmeg.

Highland Park's Bold Fashioned cocktail. Image courtesy Highland Park.Bold Fashioned

2 ounces of Highland Park Magnus
1 small pinch of salt or 3 dashes of salt tincture
1/4 ounce of  honey
2 dashes of Angostura bitters
2 dashes of mole bitters

In a mixing glass add ice and ingredients. Stir, then strain into an Old Fashioned glass with a large cube of ice. Garnish with a long lemon peel and a flamed orange twist.

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