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Whisky Cocktail Classic

We are looking for the next classic cocktail using single malt Scotch…could it be yours?

Date & Times

01 Jul - 31 July 2020


Our Whisky Cocktail Classic 2019 winner was Nicola Rossini from the Blue Bar at The Berkeley.

His highball-style drink "The Iron Bridge", using Craigellachie 13 yo, was all about recruiting new consumers to the whisky category. 

Nicola will enjoy a VIP trip to Scotland, including the chance to select casks with our co-founder to Sukhinder Singh to create his own bespoke batch of whisky. 

Watch this space for more information on our theme and prize for 2020!

According to the experts

We spoke to Anistatia Miller (Mixellany), Declan McGurk (The Savoy), Ago Perrone (The Connaught) and Brain Silva (Rules Restaurant) about the next big trend in whisky cocktails.

The message was clear:

Classic cocktails are the here and now – simple, versatile, spirit-forward drinks which can be replicated anywhere around the world.

Scotch is where it is at – Scotch whisky is on the upward trend, and the on-trade is crying out for more and more cocktails using Scotch.

Keep it simple – stick to one particular style or flavour profile, and have participants produce their own interpretation of what they think a classic is, expressing themselves using the whisky as a core ingredient.

We feel that there is a certain apprehension around using single malt whiskies in cocktails due to their bold character and the fashion for drinking them neat. So what better theme for you to get your teeth into in 2019!

The nitty gritty

  • Entries must include the recipe, a list of ingredients, and a photograph of the finished drink
  • Your cocktail should contain at least 40ml of Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Selected whisky must not carry an age statement greater than 18 yrs and must be an ongoing release
  • The recipe should contain no more than 4 ingredients (excluding garnish and ice)
  • No homemade ingredients – all ingredients must be readily available
  • Your cocktail must champion the characteristic of the chosen whisky
  • If you reach the regional heat, you will have 5 minutes to prepare and present your cocktail, during which time you must explain your choice of whisky, your inspiration behind the drink, and why you think this could be the next classic