Best Scottish Cocktails

If we are going to talk about Scotland, then we have to start with Scotch Whisky. I’ve always been a whiskey lover, but never really a Scotch fan. I’m not huge on smoky flavors and Scotch was just too peaty for my taste.

Then I went to Scotland, tasted a bunch of scotch, and I fell. I fell hard. I realized that I love the single malt scotches and that not all of them are very smoky. Some are rather sweet. Anyway, I found two favorites during my stay, Oban and Glenmorangie! Yummy!

Oban Scotch


Okay now on to my Scotland inspired cocktails.

First, we have to discuss my favorite Scottish Queen, Queen Mary of Scots. Grams has always loved her story and I guess that love trickled down to me. While in Scotland, I visited many castles and homes that Queen Mary had frequented and I just loved it! So Cheers to Queen Mary of Scots.

Queen Mary of Scots
2 oz Scotch
¾ oz Green Chartreuse
¾ oz Drambuie

Combine all liquids in shaker tin, shake and strain into coupe glass. You can choose to garnish with s sugar rim and cherry or just the cherry. This drink is slightly sweet as well as herbal, representing Scotland well.

Queen Mary of Scots Mocktail
4 oz Iced Tea (decaf if you choose)
1 oz Sour Apple Syrup
Combine and shake. Strain into plastic coupe glass and garnish with cherry. The tea is reminiscent of the earthy flavor of the original cocktail. Kids may enjoy a sugar rim.

Queen Mary of Scots Cocktail

When you visit Scotland, you think castles and royals. So let’s keep that theme going.

Prince Edward
2 oz Scotch
¾ Lillet
½ Drambuie

Pour ingredients into mixing glass, fill glass with ice and stir. Strain into martini glass or a lowball. Since it is call Prince Edward, I like to play up the masculine style of the drink with a more masculine glass. Garnish with orange zest. This cocktail has floral orange scent.

Prince Edward Mocktail
3 oz Iced Tea
1 oz Orange Juice

Shake and strain into plastic lowball. Garnish with Orange slice.

Prince Edward Cocktail

We talked about the royals now let’s talk about the rebels. Rob Roy MacGregor is infamous in Scotland and often referred to as the Scottish Robin Hood. I visited the Drover’s Inn where he stayed as well as his home town of Stirling, Scotland. The Rob Roy cocktail is basically a Scottish Manhattan. Sub our Scotch for bourbon and you nailed it.

Rob Roy
2 oz Scotch
1 oz Sweet Vermouth
Dash of bitters (optional)

Stir and strain into martini or coupe glass. Garnish with cherry.

Rob Roy Mocktail
3 oz Apple Juice

Shake with ice and strain into plastic coupe or martini glass. Garnish with cherry.

Rob Roy Cocktail

The Scots are a happy and friendly group of people and when I think of Scotland I think of solace. This is refreshing, creamy and soothing drink that will bring a smile to your face.

Scotch Solace
2 ½ Scotch
½ oz Honey Syrup
½ oz Orange Curacao
4 oz Milk
1 oz Scotch cream liquor or heavy cream

Pour all ingredients into Collins glass and stir. Garnish with grated orange zest.

Scotch Solace Mocktail
4 oz Milk
½ oz Honey Syrup
½ Orange Syrup or orange cordial.
2 oz of decaf or regular coffee or tea

Pour all ingredients into Collins glass and stir. Garnish with grated orange zest.

Scotch Solace

I love the city of Glasgow. I love its Victorian architecture, its lovely people and its mix of the modern and old. It is a fantastic city.

2 oz Scotch
¾ oz Lemon Juice
¾ oz Orgeat
½ oz Dry Vermouth

Shake and strain into coupe glass. Garnish with a lemon twist or wedge.

Glasgow Mocktail
2 oz Iced Tea
1 oz Lemon juice
1 oz Almond Syrup

Shake and strain into plastic coupe glass. Garnish with lemon wedge. Kids may enjoy a sugar rim.

Glasgow Cocktail

Scotland is rainy, green, beautiful and filled with history. These cocktails are meant to warm the body as well as inspire the mind. They are earthy and sweet and complex, just like Scotland.


I am a busy mama with 3 delicious babies and a serious itch for travel and writing (when I am not bartending, that is)! After graduating from Cal State San Marcos with a B.A. in Communications, I decided to start a family and pursue a career in freelance writing. I created HotMamaTravel as an outlet to do what I love while sharing useful travel tips and inspiration with others. Our mission is to show parents how to master travel with kids, while keeping your Saturday-night selves. We call it "Family travel...with a twist".

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