Just in time for Burns night (January 25) the chaps at Diageo bar Academy showed the audience at our most recent Next Generation event the secret to creating great whisky cocktails.

But don't limit them just to Burns Night - showcasing three different types of whiskies (grain, blended and Malt) and differing in difficulty levels, there's a cocktail here to help boost whisky sales in your gaff all year round.

 

1. Haig Clubman & cola
That "David Beckham whisky" is mixed with cola for a really simple Scottish twist on Jack & coke

25 ml Haig
Cola
Cubed ice
Take a tall glass and fill it with ice. Pour over the whisky and top with cola. Garnish with lime.

 

2. Old Fashioned
The world's number one cocktail at the moment, this version is made with Johnnie Walker Red label

50ml Johnnie Walker
1 tsp sugar
Angostura Bitters
Cubed ice

Take an old fashioned glass and put the sugar and bitters in the bottom, crush them together so that the sugar breaks up and then add half the whisky. Put two or three cubes of ice in the glass and stir until all the sugar has dissolved and some of the ice has melted.
Top up with the remaining whisky, more ice and garnish with a twist of orange peel.

 

3. Passion Fruit Smash (see video above)
When pouring this one don't fill the glass right to the top. Crushed ice melts quickly and it'll need the space.

50ml Talisker 10 year old
25ml lemon juice
20ml Passion fruit syrup
Crushed ice

Fill an Old Fashioned glass with crushed ice and put to one side. In a cocktail shaker put cubed ice and all the other ingredients. Shake and strain onto the crushed ice. Garnish with half a passionfruit.

 

 

If that’s whetted your appetite, there’s more inspiration for dark spirit cocktails here.