Cocktail Guide: Four Ways To Make Whisky A Summer Drink

How to take a different approach with the king of spirits

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Raymond Chandler once said “There is no bad whisky. There are only some whiskys that aren’t as good as others.” 

In the heat of summer, none of us have time to drink anything but the best cocktails, whether it's an Old Fashioned after work or a Going For Gold to get you through those warm, never-ending afternoons.

In celebration of a good whisky cocktail, we asked the experts at Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve to bring you four quick, easy and refreshing recipes. 

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Just don't forget the ice.




1 | Gentleman’s Old Fashioned

A twist on the classic Old Fashioned, combining cinnamon and orange. 

50ml Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve
20ml Cinnamon syrup
Dash of orange bitters

Glass: Rocks
Method: Dilute the cinnamon syrup in the whiskey, then add the bitters and ice whilst stirring.

Garnish: orange twist (aromatised)

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2 | Johnnie Walker Summer Twist

A long Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve cocktail which combines cloudy apple and citrus. Perfect for a mid-afternoon refresher.

35ml Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve
20ml lemon juice
15ml sugar syrup
60ml cloudy apple juice
Dash of lemon bitters

Glass: Highball

Method: shake all ingredients then strain over cubed ice

Garnish: Lemon wedge and mint sprig

3 | Going for Gold

Simple to make, perfect for after-work. 

50ml Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve
1 Bob’s Vanilla Bitters infused with sugar cube
5ml Gingermbre syrup 

Glass: Old fashioned

Method: Stir and dilute to taste 

Garnish: Bar cherry and orange zest

4 | Johnnie Walker Blossom

A curated match of dark fruits that works with the whiskey to create a Martini-esque cocktail.

50ml Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve
25ml Camomile gomme
5 blackberries

Glass: Martini

Method: Shake all ingredients with ice and double strain into a chilled martini glass

Garnish: Two blackberries

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