Celebrate National Scotch Day with these Whisky Cocktails


Happy National Scotch Day! As you probably know, this brown spirit is a malt or grain whisky made in Scotland and aged in oak barrels for at least three years. Whether you’re a single malt or blend type of guy, this is the day to drink this smokey libation. As with any day celebrating the consumption of spirits, we here at The Manual like to honor the occasion by sipping on a strong cocktail. So we asked some of our favorite scotch brands to send their best recipes so you can play mixologist at home.

Curious Scotsman

The Curious Scotsman
By Brandon Lockman of Red Star Tavern
2 oz Monkey Shoulder scotch
1 oz Punt e Mes sweet vermouth
1 bar spoon Giffard crème du Banane liqueur
2 dash chocolate bitters

Stir in a mixing glass until chilled. Strain into a Nick and Nora glass. Garnish with two brandied cherries.

godfather sour, national scotch day, scotch, whiskyMonkey Shoulder Godfather Sour
1 1/2 oz Monkey Shoulder Whisky
3/4 oz Amaretto liqueur
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
1/2 oz egg white (optional)

Add ingredients to shaker, shake well and strain into glass.


national scotch day, scotch, scotch whisky, drinks, cutty sark pear coolerCutty Sark Pear Cooler
1 1/2 oz Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition
1/4 oz lemon juice
1/4 oz honey
2 oz ginger beer
1/8th of a ripe pear

In a shaker, muddle the pear with honey and lemon. Add the whisky and shake. Double strain over fresh ice into a Collins glass. Top with ginger beer and garnish with a pear slice.

old-fashioned, drink, whisky, national scotch day, scotch whiskyDEWAR’S Old Fashioned
1 part Dewar’s® White Label® Blended Scotch Whisky
1 teaspoon sugar
2 dashes bitters
2 orange slices
2 maraschino cherries
Water or soda

Place the sugar, bitters, 1 orange slice and 1 cherry in the bottom of a rocks glass. Add DEWAR’S, ice and stir. Garnish with the remaining orange slice and cherry.

The Thai Scotsman
From Hakkasan in New York City
2 oz Chivas 12 Year
.5 oz lemongrass syrup
4 dashes of plum bitters
Orange zest

Build the cocktail in a Boston or coupe glass with ice. Stir. Garnish with a lemongrass stick if desired.

This post was originally published 7/27/2014 and updated 7/26/2016 by Chase McPeak.