It's world whisky day on Saturday 20 May, so we've put together a list of easy whisky cocktails to showcase the versatility of our national drink.
World Whisky Day was established in 2012 by whisky author and consultant Blair Bowman, and falls on the third Saturday in May.
But if you're keen to put your home bartender skills to the test, then read on for some delicious whisky cocktails.
By Charlotte Davies, Head Sommelier at The Three Chimneys Restaurant
Whilst a negroni is traditionally made with gin and not whisky, we make an exception for this particular dram.
The Isle of Raasay is the Isle of Skye’s neighbouring island, just a short trip over on the ferry.
The Isle of Raasay whisky is matured in first fill Tennessee whiskey barrels and finished in first field Bordeaux red wine barrels; the whisky used in this recipe is a limited edition first release. Its lightly peated and its rich dark fruit flavours work perfectly with the bitter orange Campari and red vermouth.
The Chivas Elderflower Highball is a simple refreshing cocktail, infusing perfumey elderflower with crisp soda to elevate the honey and orchard fruit flavours in the Chivas 12 Year Old.
With the delicious speyside blend at its heart, the highball provides an excellent opportunity to experiment with new flavours, and this delicious elderflower serve is a great way to start your love affair with whisky cocktails.
Rumoured as the new, modern way to drink whisky, the Whisky 6 gets its name from the ratios used in this simple cocktail - two parts whisky (we recommend Nc'nean organic whisky, with flavours of citrus, peach, apricot and spice) and four parts soda water.
Fill a glass with cubed ice and add all the ingredients.
Gently stir then garnish with a fresh sprig of mint.
Where would a list of whisky recipes be without a a classic Old Fashioned?
It’s believed that the Old Fashioned was the first whisky cocktail ever invented, making it the perfect way to toast World Whisky Day.
To step it up a notch, why not use a dram of unique Arbikie Highland Rye in place of traditional barley whisky.
A refreshing summer cocktail, the mint julep is a great way to use a sweeter whisky such as bourbon.
Garnish: sprig of mint
2. Strain into a highball glass or julep tin filled with crushed ice.
3. Mix gently with a long-handled spoon and top with more ice.
4. Garnish and serve.
This vibrant Highball-style serve incorporates two of Benromach's most popular single malts alongside a complementary array of fresh, fruity ingredients.
Creator Sam Grundy-Glynn, bartender at Bar Swift, commented that he often combines Sherry and peat flavours in his whisky cocktails, praising the Benromach 10 Year Old for its skilful balance of both.
Shake and strain over ice. Serve in a highball glass.