Aberdeen Flip

Flash …. Holiday Cocktail too good to wait for next year!

Chivas is a pretty tasty blended scotch and when I tried a Chivas cocktail created by bartender, Max Warner specifically for the holidays, I was impressed. Even though recently created, the Aberdeen Flip has that old-school bite & richness that I crave in a cocktail. The egg addition provides a custard like quality that combines with the blackberry and chocolate flavors that really took me somewhere Christmassy & special. I used the Chivas 18 year old, Regal, but their regular blended would also work fine. I don’t put up a lot of scotch recipes, and I’m trying to fix that by trying more. This Aberdeen Flip gives me serious hope that I’m about to stumble into the hidden world of lesser knows scotch cocktails. This is a serious Holiday cocktail that tastes like a mid-December, special drink should.

Here we go –

  • 2 oz Chivas Scotch (if you have the 18, why not?)
  • 1 oz Oloroso (sweet) Sherry
  • 1 egg (don’t fear the egg…just make certain it’s a fresh one)
  • 1/4 oz spiced syrup (I used my ginger simple. You can find the recipe on site)
  • couple dashes chocolate bitters (I use Fee Brothers. You can get them on Amazon)
  • tsp Blackberry jam

Add all ingredients into shaker and shake hard. Add cracked ice and shake very hard again, maybe for a minute. Strain frothy, chilly wonder into sherry glass or cocktail glass, then dust with nutmeg. Skip crummy Christmas party and make another.

Bobby Burns

Say this one with a Scottish accent while your pouring them, laddie. It sounds great. Here’s another tasty scotch cocktail that doesn’t call for one of your single malts, a blend will work just fine and dandy. This drink’s perfect for a Dewars, Grants or Cutty Sark. You can serve it up or on the rocks. I prefer the latter; scotch works really well with slowly, melting ice. This is a mellow cocktail that tastes even better as the drink settles down with the ice.

Here we go –

  • 1 oz Scotch
  • ½ oz Dry Vermouth
  • ½ oz Sweet Vermouth
  • dash or two of Benedictine

Stir ingredients in a double old-fashioned glass with ice or shake ingredients in a shaker with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Add a lemon peel garnish on either version.

Rusty Nail

Rusty Nail

I know there are Scotch drinkers out there. I know you guys, creepin’ round fireplaces, wearing your cable knit sweaters, reading your … books. I get it. I’m on to you. I see you in your banks and offices, playing your golf. Well, have I got a cocktail for you. Stay with me, it’s a scotch liqueur nestled inside of … scotch. Stand up and be counted, there are a million of you out there. Have a scotch cocktail and try something besides all that scotch. Just kidding. You’ll love this classic.

Here we go –

  • 1 ½ oz Scotch
  • ¾ oz Drambuie

Pour over rocks in an old-fashioned glass.

Barton Special

Here’s a very interesting combination of smoky flavors that really work well together. The powerful introduction of gin waves a liquid magic wand in this one. A pretty stiff drink, so be careful.

Here we go –

  • 1 oz Calvados or Applejack (I prefer Calvados…stronger apple finish)
  • 1 oz Scotch (a peaty scotch is best)
  • 2 oz Dry Gin

Shake with ice ‘til freezing cold; serve up in a cocktail glass. Fascinating, you’ll see.

Mamie Taylor


I’ve just had trouble finding a scotch based cocktail that I want another of after I’ve finished the first but the Mamie Taylor succeeds. This is a damn interesting cocktail; I’ll give you that. Dust off that bottle of Dewers you crack open when your dad visits and try one. I think you’ll like it.

Here we go –

  • 3 oz Scotch
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • ginger ale or ginger beer

Pour Scotch and lime juice into a Collins glass and ice and stir, fill with ginger ale/beer and garnish with a slice of lemon.

Rob Roy

Rob Roy
Basically, a Scotch Manhattan, the Rob Roy is as classic as an argyle sweater on a grandfather. My dad will still shakily enjoy one on Thanksgiving, pre turkey.

Not everyone is a Bourbon drinker, no matter how hard I try…and the Rob Roy is a nice alternative for the Scotch drinker tired of a 12 year old glen-something, neat. Sometimes, pretentious college professors and lawyers want a cocktail too (just kidding).

Here we go – 

  • 2 oz Scotch (the peatier the better)
  • Half an oz of Sweet Vermouth
  • Dash or two of Orange Bitters 

Shake with ice in a shaker, strain, ice-cold into a martini or cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.

  • You can really dress a Rob Roy up by adding a tsp. of Drambuie and a tsp of the maraschino cherry juice.