5 Whisky Cocktail Recipes for Christmas

A well-balanced dram of whisky is the perfect companion in the evening. Why not experiment with this age-old friend and try something new? We’re not suggesting that anything can quite beat a neat whisky, but after all, it is Christmas.

It doesn’t matter if you’re more inclined to a smoky blend or find yourself to be more enticed by floral and creamy flavours, it all comes down to personal preference – which is why we have chosen such a wide array of whisky cocktails for you to try over Christmas.

Take a look through our exquisite collection of cocktails to keep your potential dinner guests perfectly entertained in the evening. If you’re in need of some key ingredients, you can find our specially selected Scotch whisky on our online store.


Old Fashioned

We’ve decided to save you from scrolling if you already know what you’re after. The Old Fashioned is a favourite throughout time and should always be included in Christmas cocktail menus.


1 teaspoon of sugar

A dash of Angostura bitters

A splash of water

2 shots of whisky

A slice of orange

Optional ingredients:

Soda water

Maraschino cherries


Step 1: Combine the sugar, bitters and water in a mixing glass.

Step 2: Mix the ingredients until the sugar has dissolved.

Step 3: Add ice and pour the whisky over while still stirring.

Step 4: If you would like to add soda, you can do this while continuing to stir the cocktail. Step 5: Pour your cocktail into a tumbler and garnish with an orange slice and some maraschino cherries.


John Collins

If you’re after a simple, refreshing cocktail than we recommend this quenching cocktail. The John Collins cocktail is another classic and the perfect pick-me-up.


1 shot of whisky

2 tablespoons of lemon juice

2 teaspoons of sugar

Soda to top

A slice of orange

Optional ingredients:

Maraschino cherries


Step 1: Fill your mixing glass with ice.

Step 2: Pour whiskey into the mixing glass, then add the lemon juice and sugar.

Step 3: Stir until the sugar has dissolved.

Step 4: Top with soda.

Step 5: Pour into a highball tumbler glass and garnish with a slice of orange and some Maraschino cherries.


High Ball

Another refreshing drink, the spices from the ginger compliment the warmth of the whisky – a winning combination for the festive season.

This easy to remember cocktail can be whisked up in no time without the laborious task of acquiring various ingredients.


1 shot of whisky

Ginger ale to top

Optional ingredients:

Lime wedges


Step 1: Fill your glass with ice.

Step 2: Pour whisky over the ice.

Step 3: Top up with ginger ale and garnish with lime wedges.


Sweet Manhattan

A bitter, sweet and boozy glass of goodness, the perfect drink for Christmas. We couldn’t resist including this cocktail, and we’re sure you won’t be able to once you’ve tried it!


1 shot of whisky

1/2 A shot of Rosso Vermouth

1 teaspoon of syrup from a jar of maraschino cherries

2 dashes of Angostura bitters

Maraschino cherries


A slice of lemon zest


Step 1: Combine whisky, Angostura bitters, Rosso Vermouth, syrup and ice in a mixing glass and stir together.

Step 2: Strain and pour the mixture in a glass.

Step 3: Grab the lemon zest. Make sure the shiny side of the skin is facing the glass and twist the zest as if wringing a cloth. The lemon zest should spray the glass with the scented oils.

Step 4: Garnish the cocktail with the lemon zest and a maraschino cherry.


Winter Whisky Sour

This sweet and sour cocktail is a sophisticated drink with a sharp edge. For the festive season, we’ve provided an adapted recipe to get you feeling festive.


A shot of whisky

1 tablespoon of lemon juice

1 tablespoon of orange juice

1 tablespoon of agave

1/2 A teaspoon of honey

A slice of orange zest

A slice of orange for garnish

A Maraschino cherry


Step 1: Combine the whisky, lemon juice, orange juice, honey and agave in a cocktail shaker.

Step 2: Seal the shaker tight and give the cocktail a shake.

Step 3: Fill the sour glass with ice.

Step 4: Strain the cocktail while pouring it over the ice.

Step 5: Grab the orange zest. Make sure the shiny side of the skin is facing the glass and twist the zest, as if wringing a cloth, over the drink to spray it with the scented oil spray.

Step 6: Garnish with a slice of orange and Maraschino cherry.

If you’re after something a bit warmer to sip on over Christmas, you can have a look at our 4 Hot Cocktails for Winter. Each recipe also includes some warm whisky to keep away the cold.

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