Glasgow-Inspired Cocktails: Top 10 Cocktail Recipes

Glasgow-Inspired Cocktails: Top 10 Cocktail Recipes


If you haven’t visited the city known for its award-winning restaurants, or if you’ve been before and want to take a trip down to memory line, we’ve created 10 Glasgow inspired cocktails using their popular alcohol.

The Lighthouse

Whisky, better known as a Scotch, is Scotland’s national drink and has been famous for it for centuries now. Glasgow’s lighthouse was opened by Queen Elizabeth in July 1999 and if you mix the two together you get the sweet taste of Scotland.

Ingredients

  • 50ml blended whisky
  • 20ml lemon juice
  • 20ml sugar syrup

Recipe

  • Pour the whisky, lemon juice and sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker and shake for a couple of minutes until all ingredients are mixed together
  • Serve in a brandy glass

School of Art

gin and tonic in a glass

Scotland make over 70 percent of gins around the UK and it’s no surprise that Scottish gin is the heart of most popular cocktails. Here’s a refreshing twist after Glasgow’s famous School of Art which had a fire ripped through it in 2014.

Ingredients

  • 2 fluid ounces of Scottish gin
  • 4 fluid ounces tonic water
  • 2tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 4 ice cubes
  • Slice of lime

Recipe

  • Place the ice cubes in a glass
  • Pour the gin, water and lime juice and stir with a spoon
  • Add a slice of lime to the drink

Crabbie Punch

Trying Crabbie’s. You can tell it’s Scot by ohsarahrose, on Flickr
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Enjoy ginger beer? Switch your regular drink for John Crabbies – Scotland’s favourite beer. This is a perfect combination to any special occasion.

Ingredients

  • 20ml fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 5ml sugar syrup
  • 35ml Dry Gin
  • 15ml Raspberry Liqueur
  • Crabbies Dry Ginger Ale

Recipe

  • Mix all ingredients together
  • Serve in a large jug and pour into a pint glass

Buckfast Art

buckfast wine

Glasgow won the UK’s City of Architecture and Design in 1999 and it’s surrounded by beautifully-structured buildings. They say that Buckfast wine, famous in Glasgow has supernatural powers, so we’ve created a concoction with Glasgow’s very own magic powder.

Ingredients

  • 1 bag ice crushed
  • 1 glass ribena
  • 1 Glass cider
  • 1 shot Vodka 
  • 1/4 bottel Buckfast Tonic Wine
  • Slice of lemon

Recipe

  • Mix all ingredients together and pour into a tumbler glass
  • Add a slice of lemon to the drink

After Eight

Drambuie

Drambuie is a sweet liqueur from Scotland that is the perfect drink to digest a big meal at dinner. This cocktail recipe is perfect for this festive season at night to keep you warm.  

Ingredients

  • 35 ml Bailey’s Irish cream
  • 35 ml Drambuie Scotch whisky
  • 3 ice cubes

Recipe

  • Stir chilled ingredients together in a short glass
  • Add ice cubes

Drambuie Coffee

Drambuie coffee

Drambuie is a liqueur made from scotch whisky, honey, herbs and spices, and it has been made in Glasgow since 2010. But no matter where you’re from in the world, you’re probably a lover of coffee, so here’s a coffee cocktail that you’ll have never tried before.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces of vodka
  • 1 ounce of Drambuie
  • 1 ounce of your favourite coffee
  • 1/4 ounce of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Angostura bitters

Recipe

  • In a cocktail shaker with ice, shake all ingredients together except the coffee
  • Make the coffee and allow it to cool before adding to the shaker

Gaelic Liqueur

irn bru cocktail

Glayva is a liqueur originally produced in Scotland, where it gets its name from the meaning ‘Very good’. To create an fresh taste, mix it with Scotland’s favourite fizzy drink, Irn-Bru.

Ingredients

  •  100ml Irn-Bru
  •  2 shots Glayva
  •  2 shots port
  •  2 shots brandy
  •  2 shots whisky
  •  2 shots drambuie
  •  2 shots gin
  •  2 shots vodka

Recipe

  • Mix all ingredients together in a shaker expect Irn-Bru
  • After shaking for 1 minute, add Irn-Bru and continue mixing
  • Pour and serve in a tumblr glass

Scottish Martini

Baileys martini

Heather cream, made with Scottish whisky is a favourite in Glasgow produced over 30 years ago. With a hint of vanilla, this drink is usually served on its own, but here’s a slight twist on making a Martini.

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1/2 ounce creme de bananes
  • 1/2 ounce Baileys Irish Cream
  • Cocoa powder

Recipe

  • Sprinkle some chocolate on a plate, and spin the rim of a martini glass over the chocolate
  • Shake all liquid ingredients together in a shaker and strain the drink into the martini glass

Cock O’ Champagne

champagne

Cock O’ the North is a brand of whisky liqueur from Scotland typically served after lunch. Mixed together with champagne, this drink is easy to make and tastes delicious. Mix up the taste, by trying a different flavour of Cock O’ the North.

Ingredients

  • 1 shot of Cock O’ the North
  • 100ml Champagne

Recipe

  • Pour both liquids into a champagne glass and stir with a spoon

Vitamin Ale

pint of beer

Can you believe that Scotland have been producing beer for over 5000 years? Belhaven Scottish Ale has a sweet and smooth finish that is tasty when combined with fresh orange juice.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz fresh orange juice
  • 1 oz gin
  • Belhaven Scottish Ale

Recipe

  • Mix orange juice and gin and pour into a glass with ice
  • Top with Belhaven Scottish Ale