5 timeless Irish and Scottish Christmas drinks


It’s the season to raise a drink and celebrate – or to treat loved ones to a bottle or two that you know you’ll enjoy.

Whether you’re heading out for a night on the town or staying comfortably at home, there are plenty of choices to spice up your festivities. Check out some of the timeless Irish and Scottish Christmas drinks below.

But no matter what you choose for your festive drink this year, remember to always drink responsibly.

Some of the most elegant Irish and Scottish Christmas drinks of all time

Magners Spritz

Give cider a festive touch this year with all new seasonal services from Magners Irish Cider.

Whether you’re looking for a hot cider to enjoy on a cozy night out with friends, or a new take on a bubbly glass, the Magners range of ciders is a versatile base for your new favorite beverage.

Made from 17 varieties of Irish apples at their home in Clonmel, County Tipperary, craftsmanship and care are built into every step of Magners’ journey, from bloom to bottle.

With so much to celebrate this holiday season, Magners Spritz is the perfect toast drink for friends, family and time together.

For each person, you will need:

  • 100ml Magners Rosé
  • 100 ml of sparkling water
  • 100 ml prosecco

Add ice cubes to a long stemmed wine glass until it is half full. Add your Magners Rosé then your prosecco and complete with sparkling water. Top with three apple slices or whatever you like, then enjoy!

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Misty Isle Hot Christmas Gin

Misty Isle Mulled Christmas Gin is one of this year's Irish and Scottish Christmas drinks

Taste the Christmas spirit with Misty Isle Mulled Christmas Gin.

Received the Gold Award for Best Scottish Flavored Gin at the 2021 World Gin Awards.

Handcrafted in small batches on the Isle of Skye, Misty Isle Mulled Christmas Gin brings together beloved traditional festive flavors and truly embraces the Christmas spirit.

Distilled in Portree by Isle of Skye Distillers, various herbs including juniper, cassia bark, star anise and tonka beans are all steeped in a rich Italian red wine Amarone before distillation.

“Misty Isle Mulled Christmas Gin is what we like to call ‘Christmas in a bottle’ and it’s the perfect gin to enjoy this holiday season,” said Isle of Skye Distillers founders Thomas and Alistair Wilson.

For a classic Christmas G&T, pair it with a premium tonic and garnish with an orange slice and a cinnamon stick. For something a little different, pair it with ginger ale for the ultimate party drink.

In addition to the Gold Award obtained at the World Gin Awards, Misty Isle Mulled Christmas Gin has also received a silver medal at both the London Spirits Competition 2021 and the Scottish Gin Awards 2021. Misty Isle Mulled Christmas Gin is the perfect gift for gin lovers.

Visit the Isle of Skye Distillers website for more information.

Black Bull 12 year old whiskey

Black Bull 12 year old whiskey

Ian Logan, Senior Manager of Whiskey & Hospitality at Duncan Taylor Scotch Whiskey Ltd, explains why Black Bull will be his go-to party drink:

“So much has changed for all of us over the past 18 months as we’ve adjusted to this new world, it’s good to have things that don’t change like a good dram.

“Along with the award winning 12 year old Black Bull I think I found it. Bottled at 50%, it packs bags of flavor and is blended using world famous single malts from Speyside and Highlands. rich intensity that can only be found by aging carefully in large ex-sherry casks.

“Created in 1864 by George Willsher in his Dundee store, he wanted to create a blended whiskey that would stand out from the crowd. This is a philosophy still maintained today by the Duncan Taylor Scotch Whiskey Ltd team at Huntly.

“Sip this whiskey however you want, knowing that this is a crisp 12 year old Black Bull that is suitable for any occasion.

“I could be lyrical all day long about this drink, but there’s a glow of amber liquid out of the corner of my eye, it’s time to grab my drink…”

Learn more about the Website of the Embassy of Spirits.

Redcastle Cold Brew Rum Liqueur

Redcastle Rum Coffee Liqueur

Based in Arbroath, Toll House Spirits Ltd, owner of the spirits and liqueurs brand Redcastle, is launching its latest range, after working in conjunction with another local company.

Sacred Grounds Coffee Company, Angus ‘premier roaster, has long been on Toll House Spirits’ collaboration wishlist. To help get this ambitious project started, they brought in a local distiller, Lewis Scothern of Distillutions Ltd, who perfected the art of brewing cold brew coffee, which could then be blended with Redcastle Spiced rum.

After months of testing, the finished product is now ready to go.

The range will be available in 5cl, 20cl and 50cl bottles at 20% abv, appealing to the growing trend for low alcohol products. Each 25 ml serving contains only 0.5 units, which is significantly less than a strong alcohol that can be enjoyed neat over ice, in long drinks and cocktails or to make an exceptional hot chocolate or mocha.

For a limited time, it will also be available in their ever popular star-shaped party bottles.

Visit the Redcastle Store website to get yours now.

White tail gin

A glass of Whitetail Gin

This award-winning Isle of Mull gin is named after the majestic white-tailed eagle, Europe’s largest bird of prey and synonymous with the island.

Established in Mull’s first new distillery in over 220 years, this family-owned micro-distillery uses sustainable plants of juniper, cilantro and lemon zest, as well as heather, winter savory, needles. locally sourced pine and kelp.

The result is an incredibly subtle and sweet juniper gin.

With sea notes on the nose and subtle heather aromas, this dry juniper gin is best served over plenty of ice with classic tonic water, a generous slice of grapefruit and a sprig of rosemary.

Bottled at 47% abv, our juniper dry gin is also the perfect canvas for any cocktail due to its robustness and smooth finish.

To learn more, visit the Whitetail website.



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