1. Blood and Sand
What makes this cocktail stand out is the mixture of orange juice and Cherry Heering, a Dutch liqueur that tastes, well, like cherries.
Suggested use: Enjoy while reading a Raymond Chandler novel. Recipe at Food52.
2. Sea & Scotch Hot Chocolate
Smoky scotch AND deep, dark hot chocolate? I die.
Suggested use: While playing Scrabble in front of a fireplace, with rain gently tapping on your window. Recipe here.
3. The Rusty Nail
It is basically scotch on scotch, since the only two ingredients are that and Drambuie, a Scotch whisky-derived liqueur.
Suggested use: Drink after building a house with your own two hands. Recipe here.
4. The Highland Bramble
Don’t let the egg whites and Crème de Mure (blackberry liqueur) deter you from trying this cocktail. If anything, think of it as great way to get some protein and fruit into your diet.
5. The Penicillin
Named after the medicine, this cocktail is accented with honey and lemon flavors; it’s just what the doctor ordered.
Suggested use: Enjoy this after you call in “sick” to work. Recipe here.
6. The Presbyterian
Scotch + ginger ale + club soda = simple perfection.
Suggested use: Sitting on a porch as crickets chirp while you watch the sun set. Recipe here.
7. The Godfather
Amaretto and scotch want to make you an offer you can’t refuse.
Suggested use: Anywhere but on a small dinghy as you fish in the early morning light. Recipe here.
8. The Mamie Taylor
Lime and ginger beer make this cocktail a class act — one you can take home to mom.
Suggested use: Drink in a 1934 Rolls Royce that has been converted into a hammock. Recipe here.
9. The Rob Roy
OK, it’s “just” a Manhattan made with scotch instead of rye. But that doesn’t diminish the drink’s awesomeness, since Manhattans rock any which way you make them.
10. Sherlock & Watson
Made with an Earl Grey tea syrup, this cocktail will make you say, “Why doesn’t everyone use scotch in their cocktails? It’s elementary!”
Suggested use: Enjoy while scanning through Netflix’s British Mysteries category. Recipe at Food52.
11. The Smoking Gun
A nice way to end the day would be sipping on this mixture of scotch, whiskey bitters, brown sugar cordial, and Fernet Branca. What are you waiting for? Pull the trigger!
Suggested use: Enjoy atop a hill overlooking the sea, as the nearby lighthouse comes to life. Recipe here.