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.

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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Monkey Shoulder & Drambuie’s Pumpkin Ginger Shandy

The Toasted Ginger Shandy. Image courtesy William Grant & Sons.October 25, 2017 – No need for a Pumpkin Spice Latte this Halloween, when this Pumpkin Ginger Shandy cocktail recipe is available. The recipe was provided by William Grant & Sons, which owns both Monkey Shoulder and Drambuie.

1½ parts toasted walnut-infused Drambuie*
½ part Monkey Shoulder Scotch Whisky
¼ part lemon juice
¼ tsp fresh ginger
4-5 parts pumpkin ale

Garnish with a skewered candied ginger, and serve in a long glass.

*To make the toasted walnut-infused Drambuie: toast nuts over medium heat until browned and you can easily smell the toasted aroma. For every 1 part of Drambuie add 1/2 part of toasted nuts. Place in an airtight container to infuse for 24 hours, then strain and reserve for use.

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Tullamore D.E.W.’s “Monster Mule”

The Tullamore D.E.W. “Monster Mule." Image courtesy Tullamore D.E.W.March 31, 2017 – With baseball season starting this weekend, Tullamore D.E.W. brand ambassador Tim Herlihy created this signature cocktail to be served at Boston’s Fenway Park, where Tullamore D.E.W. has become the official Irish Whiskey of the Boston Red Sox and will have its own “Tully’s Tavern” inside the stadium.

1 part Tullamore D.E.W.
4 parts Ginger Beer
Juice from one fresh lime

Combine all ingredients and pour into an ice-filled mule mug.

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Swift Whiskey’s Foxtail

Swift Whiskey's Foxtail cocktail. Image courtesy Swift Whiskey.February 3, 2017 – Texas distillers Nick and Amanda Swift created this take on the classic Lion’s Tail cocktail using their Swift Single Malt Whiskey.

1.5 oz Swift Single Malt Whiskey
.75 oz lime juice
.5 oz St Elizabeth Allspice Dram
.25 oz honey syrup*

Pour ingredients into a shaker, add ice, shake and strain into a Nick & Nora or Martini glass with a lime wheel garnish.

*Honey syrup can be made by heating equal amounts of honey and water (do not boil) and stirring.

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Dewar’s “Medicinal” Cocktails

January 30, 2017 – During Prohibition, whiskey was prescribed by doctors as a “cure” for various ailments. Of course, we don’t have to resort to that today…but there are times when a cocktail might just help one feel better. These cocktail recipes were provided by Dewar’s, and we should state the obvious (to keep the lawyers happy). This should not be construed as medical advice or a remedy, and if you’re really sick, call your doctor.

Dewar's Cozy, Classic Hot Toddy. Image provided by Dewar's.Cozy, Classic Hot Toddy

1 part Dewar’s 12 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
3 parts hot water
1 tea bag

You know how to make tea, right? Do that, then add in the whisky along with honey and lemon juice s desired.

Dewar's Green Tea Comfort. Image provided by Dewar's.Green Tea Comfort

1 part Dewar’s 12 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
3 parts hot water
1 bag of green tea
Garnish with a lemon sprig

Once again, we’re assuming you know how to make tea. This time, use a green tea bag, and add honey and lemon juice as desired. Pour over ice if you prefer it chilled.

Dewar's Winter Penicillin cocktail. Image courtesy Dewar's.Dewar’s Winter Penicillin

This one is more complex, but you shouldn’t worry about being allergic to it!

2 parts Dewar’s 12 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
¼ part Craigellachie Single Malt Scotch Whisky
¾ parts fresh lemon juice
3-4 parts honey-ginger syrup
Candied ginger for garnish

Combine the Dewar’s 12, lemon juice, and syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a rocks glass with one large ice cube. Top with Craigellachie and garnish with candied ginger if you like.

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Dewar’s Scotch Chocolate

Dewar's Scotch Chocolate. Image provided by Dewar's.January 30, 2017 – This take on hot chocolate was provided by Dewar’s, and is very similar to an Irish Coffee in many ways.

2 parts Dewar’s 12 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky
3-4 parts hot cocoa
Whipped cream
Cocoa powder

In an Irish coffee glass, combine the whisky with hot cocoa/hot chocolate; top with whipped cream and a dusting of cocoa powder.

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Monkey Shoulder’s Monkey Around

Monkey Shoulder's Monkey Around cocktail. Image courtesy William Grant & Sons.January 17, 2017 – This cocktail recipe comes from William Grant & Sons, and uses its Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (made from malts distilled at Balvenie, Glenfiddich, and Kininvie), along with vermouth and maraschino liqueur.

1 ½ parts Monkey Shoulder
¾ part sweet vermouth
¼ part maraschino liqueur
1 dash of chocolate bitters

Add all ingredients to mixing group, then add ice and stir. Once dilution is reached, strain into glass and garnish with a twist of orange peel.

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Hudson Whiskey’s White Manhattan

Hudson's White Manhattan. Image courtesy William Grant & Sons.January 17, 2017 – Manhattans are traditionally made with Bourbon or Rye, but William Grant & Sons provided this recipe for a White Manhattan using its Hudson New York Corn Whiskey.

2 parts Hudson New York Corn Whiskey
1 part Lillet Blanc
3 dashes orange bitters

Stir ingredients 50 times with chunk ice to chill and dilute properly. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon peel.

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